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Ibeyi Announce North American Tour Dates

French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi share their North American tour dates ahead of their debut release on XL Recordings.


French-Cuban twin sister duo Ibeyi are set to head on their first North American tour this coming March, kicking off in Austin at SXSW. The 19-year-old sisters, Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, made a strong debut last year with their blend of Yoruba influences and downtempo hip-hop & electronic sounds, as heard in singles "River" and "Mama Says" (which made our top tracks and top music videos of 2o14 lists, respectively). The duo will be touring in support of their upcoming 13-track self-titled debut on XL Recordingsdue February 17. See the full tour dates below and revisit our Okayafrica TV NYC record digging episode with Ibeyi below.

Ibeyi North American Tour

March 17-12 Austin, TX SXSW

March 24 Washington, D.C. U Street Music Hall

March 25 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

March 26 Montreal, QC Fairmount Theatre

March 27 Toronto, ON The Drake

March 29 Chicago, IL Schubas

March 30 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center

April 1 Los Angeles, CA The Masonic Temple

April 2 San Francisco, CA The Independent

April 4 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

April 5 Seattle, WA Neumos

April 6 Vancouver, BC Fortune Sound Club

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

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The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

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