Show: With Vicktor Taiwò on Wednesday at the 9:30 Club. Doors open at 7 p.m. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.
There are many things that unite humans. Among them: cultural heritage, familial bonds and language. Twin-sister duo Ibeyi calls upon all three to create a sound that is deeply spiritual, emotional and introspective.
Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, 20, who were born in Paris, grew up exposed to the music of their father, the late Cuban percussionist Miguel “Angá” Díaz, who was of Yoruba descent and died when the girls were 11 years old. Today, the twins honor their ancestors, singing in both English and Yoruba, the West African dialect that was brought to Cuba in the 1700s during the Atlantic slave trade.
Clearly inspired by such genres as hip-hop, jazz, funk and electronic music, as well as negro spirituals, the Díaz sisters released their self-titled debut studio album earlier this year. Throughout the album, the twins speak of family and faith while infusing their music with Yoruba chants. Lisa-Kaindé, who sings lead vocals and plays keyboard, harmonizes well with Naomi, who picked up the cajón and batá drums after their father’s death in 2006. Every now and then, the music goes beyond verbal connections, leaving listeners with a deeper appreciation of the sisters’ heartfelt messages.