Yoruba music has a very long and interesting history. During the height of the slave trade in the 1700s, Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba where the drum-heavy songs of the Yoruba people mixed with Latin rhythms to create a unique and exotic blend that showed the influences of the two cultures.

Ibeyi (pronounced 'ee-bey-ee') come from a strong Yoruba tradition. Made up of twin 19-year-old sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz, the French-Cuban outfit draw on their heritage in their songs to create a unique and somewhat haunting folk experience. Their father was Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz whose influence rubs off on Naomi, who plays the traditional Cajón (a six-sided box-shaped instrument) and Batàs (a double-headed drum). Lisa plays the piano while both provide soaring vocal harmonies.

Together, they perform songs in both English and Yoruba. The duo have recently been signed to XL and their debut single 'Oya' feels steeped in tradition while also making use of pop synths, creating an unforgettable twist on Yoruba heritage. The pair cite Fiona Apple and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences, demonstrating a pop sensibility buried within their otherwise ethnic style. The accompanying video for 'Oya,' directed by the Jamie-James Medina (who has worked with Ratking and The xx), captures the melancholic ghostliness of the single.

Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL. The AA-single 'Oya/ River' is out later this summer.