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Ibeyi - XL Recordings, London, 22-09-14 | Photo by Wunmi Onibudo

As daughters of renowned Cuban percussionist Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, who played with Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ibeyi (pronouned ‘ee-bee-yee’) have been gifted with a formidable musical heritage.

While their father’s legacy clearly has a bearing on their sound, Paris-based twins Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé also draw from electronic production methods, as well as the soul and jazz of Nina Simone and Erykah Badu. Having signed to XL recordings in 2013, the duo are about to release their debut album, utilising sparse layers of piano, percussion and melancholic vocals that are influenced by the Yoruba chants brought to Cuba by enslaved Africans from modern-day Nigeria and Benin.

Their gig at The Louisiana on 18th February will be a chance to witness two talented young musicians exploring themes of loss, separation and ancestry in an intimate Bristol venue.

Check out ‘River’ right here: