Ibeyi, Vicktor Taiwò | Haw River Ballroom | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Ibeyi, Vicktor Taiwò

When: Mon., Sept. 28, 8 p.m. 2015




Shimmering, ethereal voices intertwine. Sometimes, in English, they chant, "Momma says there is no life without him." Simple beats and soulful piano commingle, and then the instrumentation halts: "Eleggua ko, Eleggua ko aña!" go the vocals, suddenly arriving in Yoruba and addressing Afro-Cuban orisha Eleggua. There's a shift in time and place, and you realize the beats you believed to be synthesized were actually produced on Naomi Díaz's knees and chest and by her snapped fingers. Her sister, Lisa-Kainde Díaz, wields a keyboard. "Ibeyi" means "twins" in Yoruba, and this Cuban-French duo is continuing the legacy of a strong musical family. Their father, Miguel Angá Díaz, was a formidable Cuban percussionist who played with many of the country's biggest stars. Their mother, Maya Dagnino, is a Venezuelan French singer and now the duo's manager. Rarely is such minimalist music so lush. With Vicktor Taiwò. 8 p.m., $18–$21, 1711 Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw, www.hawriverballroom.com. —Amanda Black

Price: $18-$21

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