REVIEW – Ibeyi – Spell 31

Ibeyi (C) Rafael Pavarotti


EDINBURGH Competition has welcomed a real feast for the eyes and ears in Ibeyi and their present, Spell 31.

The duo’s identify comes from a deity within the West African Yoruba tradition, represented by a pair of twins. Ibeyi is the orisha – or spirit – that’s the tangible picture of final connection and concord.

This concept of connection and concord was actually felt all through the runtime because of the sister’s unquestionable bond on the evening.

The ensemble and scenography had been easy, a display screen on the again projecting a present behind the present and two red-lighted cuboids that harboured Ismael Nobour on the drums and Nicholas Vella on the piano and keyboard.

Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Díaz are two French-Cuban sisters which were doing music from a really younger age. Daughters of the distinguished percussionist Miguel “Anga” Díaz, they’ve develop into worthy heirs of essentially the most real up to date afro-cuban music.

Ibeyi on stage at the Edinburgh Festival with their performance of Spell 31.
Ibeyi actually solid a spell in Leith Theatre with their look at this 12 months’s Edinburgh Competition. (C) Jessy Earl

Their songs discuss love, household, femininity and therapeutic spirituality, and the bond is past genetics. The pair’s synchronisation on stage is pure magic.

The vast majority of the songs carried out belonged to their new album, Spell 31. This newest supply sails easily between the digital neo-soul, gospel and hip-hop genres, neatly seasoned with afro-cuban rhythms.

The evening’s solely draw back must be the present’s lights, which had been at occasions, too vivid and distracting.

The present is conceived to enchantment to that primal a part of us that doesn’t want any language however music.

And the present does precisely this, delivering on this promise in spades.

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It was onerous to decide on a spotlight, as each tune was delivered with the identical attractive power, which was reciprocated by the viewers, that danced and sang with out pausing all through the 20 songs carried out in English, Spanish, French and Yoruba.

My private favourite must be the rendition of the tune Oyá from their first album. The vocals had been out of this world and the batás drums by the hands of Naomi had been the right homage for the goddess of the graveyards.

Ibeyi have collaborated with artists equivalent to Mala Rodriguez and Residente Calle 13, and had been featured on Beyonce’s Lemonade visible album, the place they shared area with different recognised afro-descendant ladies together with Serena Williams and Zendaya.

Yesterday at 8pm in Leith Theatre, a spell was solid and left the viewers wanting extra of this magical duo.

This present is a part of this system that the Edinburgh Worldwide Competition is providing this August.

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