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Twice The Fun With Guest DJ Ibeyi

Sophie Wright
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It only makes sense that a listening party led by twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, who make up the duo Ibeyi, would turn into a cool singalong. The two seem to have music pouring out of them at every second: As soon as they sat down in the Alt.Latino studio, they were snapping fingers, bouncing in their seats and singing along with the long playlist they'd brought in.

That music is just what we'd hoped: a deconstruction of Ibeyi's one-of-a-kind mix of Afro-Cuban Santería chants, electronic music and stylish pop, all experienced through the lens of the Diazes' own favorite music.

I don't think Alt.Latino has ever had a guest DJ bring in such a wide variety of music: everything from legendary French vocalist Serge Gainsbourg to Fiona Apple to Kendrick Lamar to political jazz from Gil Scott-Heron and so much more. And there is, of course, a healthy helping of Ibeyi's own mesmerizing music — not to mention lots of smiles, laughs and deep thinking.

It's Ibeyi, what did you expect?

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Felix Contreras
Felix Contreras is co-creator and co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.