Ibeyi have shared a new song titled “Away Away.” The track itself pushes forward the unique, cross-cultural sound that Ibeyi have become so widely recognized for. The duo, who split their time between Paris, Cuba, and London, explain that the song is about “looking out onto the world’s craziness, which is symbolized by the sirens heard in the track, and wondering if the promises of a better world will be made true?”
Culminating with a Yoruba chant for the Orisha Aggayu (the ferryman-like god who provides strength), the songs upbeat tempo carries the listener away with Ibeyi on their pursuit of affirming a better world.
Watch the video that premiered this weekend on The FADER, directed by Christian Beuchet here:
Ibeyi is 22-year-old French-Cuban twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz. Since the release of their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album in February 2015, Ibeyi have been captivating audiences across the globe with their unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced with the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. At the end of 2016 the adoration of their debut album revealed itself through requests for the twins to perform at the Chanel Cruise 2016/17 fashion show in Cuba, an appearance in Beyoncé’s video for Lemonade, and Mauro Bigonzetti’s ‘Deep,’ a performance choreographed to music by Ibeyi for Alvin Ailey’s Dance Theatre.
In a recent cover story for The FADER titled “Ibeyi’s Home” the twins traveled to Cuba to retrace their Afro-Cuban roots. The cover story touched on Ibeyi’s sophomore album, which sees the twins working again with producer/XL head Richard Russell and includes appearances from Kamasi Washington, Chilly Gonzales, La Mala Rodriguez and Meshell Ndegeocello. Read the full story HERE.
Listen to Ibeyi – ‘Away Away’
Out now on XL Recordings / Rhythmethod