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June 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Taft Theatre$22 – $25
(Photo Credit: Taft Theatre Press Release)
The Ibeyi Cincinnati performance shows positivity through music, in negative situations.
Ashes typically have a funereal connotation and suggest a sense of crumbling. Moreover, it’s true that the two sisters of the electronic-soul duo Ibeyi, Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, wrote the first song on their album Ash, also entitled “Ash,” during the American elections. Despite the heaviness in the air, Ibeyi sought to write a song that plucked positivity from the very place where all hope seemed to be lost, which, in turn, became an underlying theme for the album as a whole. The duo will perform at Cincinnati’s Taft Ballroom on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Tickets for this event range between $22 – $25 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting The Taft Theatre Box Office.
*This performance is a General Admission, Standing Room Only event in the Ballroom of the Taft Theatre. All patrons require a ticket.
Ibeyi released Ash via XL Recordings in 2017. Their first album, the eponymous Ibeyi, grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included.
By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded. It’s also a testament to their cathartic live performances, where they’re able to transmute a vast array of emotions—sorrow, anger, sensuality, happiness—to and through their fans.
“We can do positive things with ashes,” Naomi says. “Ashes can fertilize,” Lisa-Kaindé adds. “There’s still hope.”
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