Sister Act

Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, the French-Cuban twins behind Ibeyi, release their debut album.


“It’s pronounced ee-bey-EE,” Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, the French-Cuban musicians who make up Ibeyi, say in unison of their oft-mispronounced moniker, which means “twins” in Yoruban. The sisters have been photographed by Bruce Weber, who also handpicked their track “Oya” as the score for Beautiful Strangers, his short film for Louis Vuitton. Though the extroverted Naomi and the introverted Lisa-Kaindé admit that they fight “a lot,” being born two minutes apart allows for creative synchronicity. Their self-titled debut album, out February 17 (XL Recordings), layers modern filters and synths over traditional Yoruban folk music—a genre their late father, Miguel “Anga” Díaz, a percussionist for Havana’s famed Buena Vista Social Club, helped bring to the mainstream. Here is a music video for “Ghosts,” one of the album’s lead singles.