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Albums Of The Week: Ibeyi | Spell 31

The Afro-Cuban twins hypnotize you with an album inspired by the Book Of The Dead.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The third album from Afro-Cuban French twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, who together are Ibeyi. Inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead, this is a record celebrating their multitudes are harnessing their power to heal others. It features collaborations with Pa Salieu, Jorja Smith, BERWYN, Dave Okumu, Ben Reed and Owen Pallett, with production by Richard Russell.

Performing from a young age, the daughters of famed Cuban percussionist Ánga Diaz, have already released two critically acclaimed albums, a self-titled debut in 2015 and Ash in 2017. Spell 31 is their boldest offering yet, an antidote to apathy in a divided world. Ethereal, crystalized signature Ibeyi harmonies are fused with gospel, persuasive percussion, momentous deeply resonant bass, and electronic neo soul expressions, transporting us into a sublime rawness that is refined by Russell’s precise hand and synthesized into astonishing clarity.

Ibeyi have toured extensively across Europe, the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia and Asia, garnering devoted fans around the globe, including Beyoncé, ADELE, Quincy Jones, Erykah Badu, Angélique Kidjo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more, while also having been invited to perform for icons from Karl Lagerfeld to Prince. Previous collaborations include tracks with Kamasi Washington, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mala Rodriguez and Chilly Gonzalez on their sophomore album.”