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A Yoruba word meaning “twins”: Meet sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz.

Despite sharing the same background and working together for several years, Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz—the twin sisters behind the band Ibeyi—couldn’t be more different.

They grew up in Paris, spent time living in London and are of Cuban and Venezuelan descent. They speak French and Spanish when they’re together, but sing in English and Yoruba—a Nigerian dialect brought to Cuba through the slave trade. “We were never going to be similar. Why should we be?” says Naomi.

  • Words:
    Harriet Fitch Little
  • Photograph:
    Amber Mahoney
  • Styling:
    Shibon Kennedy
  • Makeup:
    Ernani Souza
  • Hair:
    Peter Matteliano

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  • Words:
    Harriet Fitch Little
  • Photograph:
    Amber Mahoney
  • Styling:
    Shibon Kennedy
  • Makeup:
    Ernani Souza
  • Hair:
    Peter Matteliano
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