Ibeyi (album)

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Ibeyi
Ibeyi (Front Cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released17 February 2015 (2015-02-17)
GenreDowntempo, neo soul, ethnic fusion, avant garde, art pop, experimental
Length45:57
LabelXL
Ibeyi chronology
Ibeyi
(2015)
Ash
(2017)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
DIY3/5 stars[2]
Exclaim!9/10[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
musicOMH4/5 stars[5]
NME8/10[6]
NowNN[7]
The Observer3/5 stars[8]
The Skinny5/5 stars[9]

Ibeyi is the self-titled debut album of Ibeyi, released in February 2015. The album is a series of reflections on love, death and family that spans countries as well as genres.[10] The album pays tribute to the duo's deceased father, Anga Díaz, and the track Yanira immortalizes the duo’s older sister, who died several years ago.[11]

The first single released was "Oya".

The video for their album’s second single, "River", received attention for its stark minimalism. The twin sisters, Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz, appear in a closeup shot throughout, taking turns having their heads forced underwater while the other sings.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Eleggua"1:16
2."Oya"3:52
3."Ghosts"3:31
4."River"4:12
5."Think of You"3:40
6."Behind the Curtain"4:13
7."Stranger/ Lover"4:11
8."Mama Says"4:09
9."Weatherman"4:02
10."Faithful"3:27
11."Yanira"3:37
12."Singles"3:59
13."Ibeyi"1:48
14."Fly (Bonus)"3:32
15."Chains (Bonus)"3:01

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 73
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 44
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 52
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 58
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 36
US (Billboard 200) 166

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 144

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ibeyi – Ibeyi". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ Mcneilly, Liam (14 February 2015). "Ibeyi – Ibeyi". DIY. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  3. ^ Carlick, Stephen (13 February 2015). "Ibeyi Ibeyi". Exclaim!. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ Bakare, Lanre (13 February 2015). "Ibeyi: Ibeyi review – impressive but limited experimental soul". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  5. ^ Johnson, Steven (13 February 2015). "Ibeyi – Ibeyi". musicOMH. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ "7 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week". NME. Inspire. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  7. ^ Ritchie, Kevin (11 February 2015). "Ibeyi". Now. Now Communications. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  8. ^ Empire, Kitty (15 February 2015). "Ibeyi: Ibeyi review – an audacious series of culture clashes". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  9. ^ Hawthrone, Katie (28 January 2015). "Ibeyi – Ibeyi". The Skinny. Radge Media. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  10. ^ "A Sister Act Taps A Ghostly, Afro-Cuban Groove". 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  11. ^ a b Jay Balfour (2015-02-20). "Half Yoruba spiritual and half electronic R&B, Ibeyi's debut is drenched in rhythm and quirky originality". hiphopdx. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ibeyi – Ibeyi" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Saade – Ibeyi" (in French). Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ibeyi – Ibeyi" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Ibeyi – Ibeyi". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ibeyi – Ibeyi". Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Ibeyi | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  19. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2015" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 June 2016.