The Twins Blending Beats and Cultures | Ibeyi

The Twins Blending Beats and Cultures | Ibeyi


(singers vocalizing) – [Lisa] We are mixed race. ♪ Oh, hey ♪ – [Lisa] We are black and white. ♪ We are deathless ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ – [Lisa] We are French and Cuban, and we have this African culture. – When your mom is on tour
with you, that’s what you do. (Naomi chuckles) – [Lisa] We really feel like
all of that is what makes us. (speaking in foreign language) (speaking in foreign language) (speaking in foreign language) (speaking in foreign language) ♪ Carried this ♪ ♪ For years ♪ (“I Carried This For Years” by Ibeyi) ♪ I carried ♪ ♪ I carried ♪ ♪ I’ve carried ♪ ♪ I’ve carried ♪ ♪ I’ve carried ♪ ♪ I’ve carried ♪ ♪ I’ve carried ♪ (audience cheers) – My name is Naomi Diaz. – I am Lisa-Kiandé; and we are … – [Unison] Ibeyi. ♪ Away, Away ♪ – [Lisa] Ibeyi means twins
in Yoruba, and we’re twins. ♪ Away, Away ♪ – [Lisa] I do the piano parts
and the melody, the lyrics. – [Naomi] I do all the
production and rhythm. – Basically, I do the skeleton, and she gives it the flesh and the skin. ♪ Away, Away ♪ (audience cheers) (motorcycle engines revving) – We grew up listening to French artists and old soul singers, Yoruba chants. (singing in foreign language) (singing in foreign language) – [Lisa] My mother took us to Yoruba Kwara for the first time; we were 15. And we fell in love with those songs. And we are on stage every
night singing those songs. – [Naomi] We’re honored to
be part of this culture. – It’s almost like we are
sponges, so we take everything in; and it mixes up inside our bellies, and then it comes back and it sounds like. – [Unison] Ibeyi. (Naomi laughs)
– It’s really weird, (Naomi laughs)
but it really is like that. ♪ Should we just let it be ♪ – This is our song “Deathless”
from our second album, Ash. Normally, I come to the studio
with the piano and the melody and the lyrics. But this time, it started with
the beat and with the bass. (baseline plays)
It’s heavy and dark. Now, me and Richard Russell, our producer, both created this up tempo beat. (drum beats and baseline playing) “Deathless” is a really
important song in our album. We wanted people to understand
the power they have. (singing in foreign language) When I was 16, I got stopped
on the subway by policeman. And there were like, “Do you smoke?” And I said, “No.” And they were like, “Do you use drugs?” And I said, “No.” “Do you drink?” And I said, “No.” And then they were like,
“Are you effing kidding me?” and really, really close to my face. I didn’t understand. Obviously, he was a racist. And then, he made me take
out my socks and my shoes. He took my bag and threw
everything on the floor like that. But, when he saw that I had
a huge book I was reading, Anna Karenina, he froze,
gave me my empty bag back, and left. And then, I forgot about it. But when our producer,
Richard Russell asked us, “Do you wanna write a song about it?” I said, “I can’t, my
story is like, nothing.” And Naomi said something incredible. – [Naomi] I said that it’s
wrong, and it wasn’t real enough, and that she should talk about it. – So after having this beat in my ears, I started writing the
lyrics on exactly what this policeman said to me. ♪ Do you smoke ♪ ♪ What’s your name ♪ ♪ Do you know why I’m here ♪ We realize that, actually, what we wanted to do was an anthem for everybody to feel deathless, to feel immortal for three minutes, for everybody to feel like
one, to feel their own power. And we created that hook. ♪ Whatever happens, whatever happened ♪ ♪ Why ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ – So, usually, what we do
is we loop our own voices over and over and over again. Because it’s an anthem,
we need other voices, so we called this amazing
choir, and we all sang. ♪ Whatever happens, whatever happened ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ – Even the sound guy. ♪ We are deathless ♪ – Even Richard Russell, our producer. Our mother was there. We all sang “We Are Deathless!” Together, and it was an incredible experience. So, once we had the beat, and actually the melody and the lyrics, we went back to the studio
and you added your drums. (chuckles) Love your face. (snickers) You look so
depressed in that photo. – That’s our dad. – You were like, oh, I’m done. (drum beats playing) We grew up with our father being one of the stars of the Latin jazz world, a master of the percussion. (speaking in foreign language) (speaking in foreign language) (woman laughs) (Naomi laughs) (speaking in foreign language) (drum beats playing) (drum beats playing)
(Miguel chanting) – When our father died, we were 11. That same year, we were like, OK, let’s try to make a band. (drum beats playing) – [Lisa] When she played the
cajón for the first time, there’s something that
happened, and we all felt it. It was like, this is it. It was not just the rhythm; it was lived. Our father’s genes were in her. It was almost like you had
played for years already. – I play the cajón or the beta cajón. It’s what we use for Yoruba
traditional ceremony in Cuba. Normally, it is made out of skin. My master, Miguel Ballumbrosio,
he does it with wood. So, he made this for me. We really like to mix
electronic sounds and some wood. And so, I just find that rhythm. (drum beats playing) – It could be one day, a hip-hop beat that she actually deconstructs, or it could be a pop beat, but it could also can
be a traditional pattern from the Yoruba culture. (drum beats playing)
We found a base sound when we combined voices,
traditional drums, and wood, and electronics. And this is when it all clicks. ♪ Left for dead in the streets ♪ ♪ Whatever happens, whatever happened ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ – There’s some songs that
are really hard to do, and there’s some songs that you don’t know why it’s almost magical. Everything fits, and
that’s what that song is. ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ – Our whole love for music
♪ We are deathless ♪ is mixing. We are proud to mix everything, and for it to still feel that
it comes from your heart. ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪
– Music has the power that has no boundaries. ♪ Whatever happens, whatever happened ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ ♪ We are deathless ♪ (music note plays)

100 thoughts on “The Twins Blending Beats and Cultures | Ibeyi

  1. SOo. You mean that these innocent minority females were… PERHAPS… the first individuals to go through experience?>???

  2. I've always heard about them over the years but I've never took the time to dig into their music. They are so beautiful and talented with great stories. Will look more into their catalog.

  3. Why stay in a racist white country. To feel more comfortable why not pick up and move to Nigeria or Cuba? Nobody can force you the stay.

  4. Why does one sister have an accent when speaking and the other does not? The one with the afro sounds English and the other one sounds obviously French with less polished grammar at that. And they look the same age if not the extremely close to it, too.

  5. I get so excited whenever I see anything Ibeyi related – their words and voices have found a special place in my heart ❤️

  6. omg I found some of their music like years ago and never thought to revisit them. love this story on them!

  7. Ironically, ‘Deathless’ was released (the video) on my birthday and was one of the most memorable gifts I’ve ever received! I am 1/2 Puerto Rican and 1/2 Bohemian Czech; and the closest people in my life (including my own mother) are twins and Geminis. You ladies are very special in a very personal way for me….one of my only regrets in this continuum is not seeing yer show here in Austin/the ATX last year!!! 💚🌹💜 So much gratitude 🙏🏼 to the magic y’all bring to my own experience with this life💋

  8. I'm white european and if i go outside my country I'm hitting racism from others only because I was born in a certain country…black people should stop bitchin.That's true for jews also…

  9. Seen them live half a year ago and were absolutely amazing. I recommend them seeing live cause the songs sound twice as intense as compared to recorded versions.

  10. I love Ibeyi💗
    Ive been a fan since i was 14. And I just turned 19 on the 21st

    I'm glad that they are getting recognized now. Proud of them👑

  11. Me encantan! Abrazos fuertes de una hermana cubana/boricua para ustedes. Pa'lante mis amores ☝❤❤❤☀

  12. They both are such gorgeous human beings. I would love to hug them and thank them for making such beautiful music, that has made me feel such beautiful things.

  13. I have deep admiration for musicians knowing the ‘power of music’! Love IBeyi, their mixed upbringing makes them refreshing and unique.

  14. Elles sont juste fabuleuses je suis fan d'elles depuis que j'ai entendu "River" elles apportent un truc neuf et rare dans la culture musicale française ,elles ont leur univers et il suffit de se laisser bercer par leur voix pour s'y rendre ..

  15. i saw them in Primavera Sound and it was a soo cool concert. So much energy every min. Congrats for your work is so nice!
    When the music apart of entertaiment is the way to express injustice is more powerful.

    GRACIAS!

  16. I have the opportunity to see them live in mexico city and they were so magical, like for real I havent gone to a concert like they did.

  17. As a Nigerian who is Yoruba, I love seeing Iyebi embracing that part of them and paying homage! They have the unique opportunity to show the Western world a taste of African culture and language. It’s cool to hear the different pronunciation of Yoruba words bc of your Cuban background. So glad I found your music years ago and will continue to support you!

  18. Ibeyi is such an incredible duo, deathless is such a powerful song and you can feel that from the first time you listen to it.

  19. I LOVE IBEYI! This is exciting to see, I've been following them for a few years and hopefully I can see them in the summer

  20. When will they release "I carried this for years"?

    edit: Just realised it is already released in their "Ash" album

  21. I've seen them live and it's amazing – the way their voices meld together and the perfection of the harmonies are absolutely incredible

  22. I think they’re so cool. Everything about them, their hair beautiful, accents unique, voices powerful, style different, souls old and beautiful. They need more recognition, these are some cool chicks♥️ I love them!

  23. This is so cool, the guy playing the percussion (cajon) is from Peru right?, his surname reminds me of a famous musical family from Chincha in Peru

  24. That's a Peruvian cajón and a Chinchano teaching part of our afroperuvian culture! Girls keep rocking it!

  25. Oshun, Ibeyi, Erykah Badu, Yasin Bey (Mos Def), Jay Electronica… THAT concert, I believe, would be powerful

  26. I’ve commented this on another video of their’s, but it’s so refreshing to see someone with the same cultures as me. I’ve never met or heard of anyone who was both French and Cuban like me 😊

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