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Listen: Ibeyi’s captivating debut single “Oya”

on June 23, 2014, 3:20pm

Ibeyi, the rising duo of French Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, have signed with XL Recordings, where they’ll join an illustrious roster featuring the likes of Radiohead, Sigur Rós, and Vampire Weekend.

While the two 19-year-olds cite Fiona Apple and King Krule as modern-day influences, much of their music is inspired by the rich and storied culture of Yoruba, which originated in West Africa but made its way to Cuba in the 18th century due to slavery. The Yoruba community is said to have the highest twinning rate in the world; it’s no surprise, then, that the duo have adopted the name of “Ibeyi” (pronounced “ee-bey-ee”), which means “Twins” in Yoruba.

Our first proper introduction to Ibeyi comes in the form of “Oya”, a gripping and percussive-heavy number produced by XL Recordings founder Richard Russell. Below, check out the single’s haunting new video, directed by Jamie-James Medina (The xx, Ratking).

“Oya” is available for purchase today. The song’s set to appear on their forthcoming AA-sided single “Oya / River”, due out later this summer.