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VIDEO:Introducing French Afro-Cuban Twin Sisters Ibeyi & Their Yoruba Doom Soul

Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.

Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for  Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).

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nevver:

Cat Call, Ursa Eyer

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

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citylightsdre:

Monica Martin is bae.

How dare she look that good?

wetheurban:

CHRISTINA SANTINI BY ARIS JEROME FOR WETHEURBAN ISSUE 8

Photography: Aris Jerome / Styling: Alexus Shefts / MUA: Brooke Hill / Hair: Clint Mattoni 

We’re back! Here’s an exclusive sneak peek into the next edition of WeTheUrban Magazine shot by Aris Jerome. New issue drops September 10th!

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offbeatchina:

A Chinese middle school history teacher draws a world map on blackboard in min

http://freshest-tittymilk.tumblr.com/post/97108544051/kingjaffejoffer-sees-the-headline-floyd 

kingjaffejoffer:

**sees the headline “Floyd Mayweather speaks on Ray Rice situation**

Me: “…. oh… oh no…. please no”

**clicks play**

Me: Well maybe its not going to be that bad

Floyd: “The NFL should have honored the original 2 game suspension and stuck to their word”

Me:

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devoutfashion:

Tereza Cervinkova shoots High Tea for Destiny Hair

<3 beauties!

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generalelectric:

We have a passion for fashion, and have even dabbled in design ourselves. Shown here is our electric flying suit, the human exoskeleton we attempted to build in the 1960s and the moon boots we made for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Last but not least is our recent collaboration with JackThreads on The Missions, a rare type of sneakers made with advanced materials to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. 

For New York Fashion Week, we wanted to explore the intersection of fashion and science further, and today, we’re pleased to introduce GE’s #iOnFashion team. Click here to meet the science and fashion bloggers who will take over our Tumblr next week with their unique NYFW coverage.

70sbestblackalbums:

70s Smooth & Sweet Soul Groups

*** The CHI-LITES

*** The STYLISTICS

*** The SPINNERS

*** The MANHATTANS

*** The DELFONICS

***The DRAMATICS

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How did IBM and James Murphy turn tennis match data into music? (If you just shouted “Sorcery!”, sorry but no.) Learn about the #ibmsessions algorithm that composes music in the IBM Cloud here →

Frederik Ruegger - Bobby Abely for MAN SS15

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70sbestblackalbums:

Men in the mirror

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