So we clapped, and we learned, but mostly we swooned at the undeniable charm of these two French-Cuban performers as they ran through some choice picks from their self-titled debut album. Both "Ghosts" and "Oya" soared majestically on the vocal unity of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, while the hip-hop percussion and poignant keys of "River" showed their flair for instrumentation.
Though clearly accomplished musicians, Ibeyi's performance was at its best when they were at their most minimal. The only percussion they needed for their beautiful rendition of "Mama Says" was Naomi's hands slapping her thighs and chest, interspersed with finger snaps, which was not only sonically pleasing but had more soul than a thousand seasoned drummers. Their encore too was bare, as they performed another version of "River," this time jettisoning the faulty electronics that stifled the earlier part of their show in favour of their voices alone, with some help from the ever-obliging crowd.
The effect — and the entire show — was captivating throughout.