Ibeyi (e-bay) are one of those gems you find by listening to Later with Jools Holland. A gem that makes you realise that you should really watch more of his programmes.
Pre going out, one evening, in the midst of eyeliner and straighteners, this song broke through the chatter of Frankie, from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, with their melodic Mama Says. The twins, that make up the band, harmonised this peaceful narrative with their voices, a box and their hands.
Simply put their song tells a story without the thrill or glitter. It reminds me a little of something you’d hear as a cover, stripped back and perfectly on tune.
I’ve chosen Ibeyi’s Mama Says as my record of the week because I think in these dark winter nights, when University work, normal work or life is being stressful that this song is perfect to do work to, chill in a bath to or simply listen to before bed. I also think these talented twins are going to be a band to watch, bringing a breath of fresh air to a saturated pop band world, with their talented tones and bi-lingual singing.