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French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are bringing their borders-leaping music to the Belly Up

The Franco-Cuban music duo Ibeyi features 23-year-old twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz.
(Photo by Amber Mahoney)

You may be hearing — if not seeing — double when Ibeyi performs Monday at the Belly Up.

The 23-year-old twin sisters who comprise this Paris-based, Franco-Cuban duo perform their songs in English and Yoruba. You may recognize them from their appearance in é Beyonc’s “Lemonade” video.

Lisa-Kaindé Diaz sings lead and plays keyboards. Her sister, Naomi, sings harmony vocals and plays percussion, as did her late father, Buena Vista Social Club veteran Angá Díaz.

The understated songs of Ibeyi, which means “twins,” in Yoruba, draw from ancient traditions, electronica, soul, hip-hop, blues and jazz.

It’s an enchanting blend made even more memorable by the duo’s lyrics about spirituality, the realities of modern womanhood, racism and other timely topics.

Ibeyi, with Mimi Zulu: 8 p.m. Monday. Belly Up, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $25 (general admission); $44 (reserved seating). (858) 841-8140. bellyup.com

george.varga@sduniontribune.com

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