“Rise Above” by Ibeyi ft: Berwyn

Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, AKA: Ibeyi, have share the fourth single off their new album Spell 31, due out on May 6th, 2022 via XL Recordings. “Rise Above” is a cover of Black Flag’s 1981 formative anthem, performed and reimagined by Ibeyi, their producer Richard Russell and east London musician BERWYN. Having never heard the song, Lisa and Naomi were presented the lyrics in a recording session by their producer Richard Russell and they quickly got to work, looping an old sample of their father’s drums (the late, renowned percussionist Miguel ‘Anga’ Díaz) improvising a new sonic world for lyrics written a decade ago that still resonate today.

On the forthcoming Spell 31, Lisa and Naomi set out to remobilize the power of their birth given destiny as Ibeyi, which has led them on a path to restoration in pursuit of true harmony, healing and magic. Inspired by ‘Spell 31’, taken from The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, the project features 10 tracks, written, produced and recorded by Ibeyi, who created the songs alongside their expert long-term producer Richard Russell (Ash). Featuring Jorja Smith, Pa Salieu, BERWYN, and Ibeyi’s father and mother.

Speaking on the song Lisa-Kaindé explains: “We read the lyrics and we immediately felt their relevance to how we felt about the world in its current state. We got to work on the melody and had the full song done in 5 minutes. Jorja Smith heard the track and told us we had to get BERWYN on the song. We had him by the studio to listen to the full album. I left to make tea, upon returning to the studio BERWYN had already written his verse for “Rise Above,” before he had even finished listening to the album. We knew we had something special, what a gift!”

Ibeyi this week also announced a series of free fan events alongside their SOLD OUT album release shows in New York, London and Paris in May. Ibeyi Presents Spell 31: A Celebration, introduces the broader world of the album, featuring a mini-market of vendors hand-picked by Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi, featuring independent brands from beauty and self-care to specialist booksellers, tarot and astrology readings, curated DJ line ups, workshops, bespoke Ibeyi merch offerings as well as a gallery of the twins’ own photography and paintings and much more. See below links for specific event activations:

Sunday, MAY 1 – NEW YORK 4:00-8:00 PM – RSVP
Thursday, MAY 14 – LONDON 4:00-7:00 PM – RSVP
Sunday, MAY 17 – PARIS 5:00-7:00 PM – RSVP

Ibeyi 2022 Tour Dates:

15 LOS ANGELES, The Ford
16 SAN DIEGO, Music Box
17 SAN FRANCISCO, The Regency Ballroom
19 PORTLAND, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
20 VANCOUVER, Vogue Theatre
21 SEATTLE, Neptune Theatre
24 MINNEAPOLIS, Varsity Theater
25 CHICAGO, Thalia Hall
27 TORONTO, Danforth Music Hall
28 MONTREAL, Corona Theatre
30 BOSTON, Paradise Rock Club

1 NEW YORK, Brooklyn Steel
2 WASHINGTON DC, 9:30 Club
4 PHILADELPHIA, Union Transfer
5 CHAPEL HILL, Cat’s Cradle
6 ATLANTA, Terminal West
12 MIAMI, North Beach Bandshell

4 LORIENT, Festival Les Indisciplinées
5 LE MANS, BEBOP Festival
6 STRASBOURG, La Laiterie
9 BERLIN, Metropol
10 HAMBURG, Uebel & Gefahrlich
14 LONDON, Koko
15 LILLE, L’Aéronef
22 AMSTERDAM, Melkweg
24 BARCELONA, Sala Apolo
26 NIMES, Paloma
30 CENON, Le Rocher de Palmer

1 RENNES, L’Antipode
2 NANTES, Stereolux
6 BRUXELLES, Ancienne Belgique
8 CLERMONT-FERRAND, La Coopérative de Mai

January 2023
26 GRENOBLE, La Belle Electrique
27 NANCY, L’Autre Canal

2 ROUEN, Le 106
3 PARIS, Olympia

Pre-order Spell 31 by Ibeyi HERE


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