/  11.18.2021


It’s been four years since Ibeyi released the critically acclaimed sophomore LP Ash, a 12-track body of work that featured additional assistance from Kamasi Washington, Meshell Ndegeocello, Mala Rodríguez, and Chilly Gonzales. Since then, they’ve contributed songs to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamildrops, Music Inspired Inspired By The Film ROMA, and How To Stop A Recurring Dream — the FrenchCuban twins also collaborated with OrelSan, Everything Is Recorded, Emicida, and Anoushka Shankar.

Yesterday (Nov. 17), Ibeyi returned with a new single titled “Made of Gold,” a Richard Russell-produced number that features UK star Pa Salieu and, as Lisa-Kaindé Diaz revealed via statement, is centered around staying affixed to those who paved the way before them:

“The first song we produced in the studio was ‘Made of Gold.’ Whilst we were creating the layers of the backing vocals, we could feel that we were making contact with our ancestors; that what we were recording was calling on the brujas and our ancestors for their ancient knowledge. ‘Made of Gold’ is about connecting to our ancestors’ knowledge, to the truths of the past and the power of the ancient. The line is not broken, nor is it lost. Protected by these spells, our third album will see us conveying our reconnection to that power and channeling that magic into our new music.”

The accompanying clip for “Made of Gold” is said to take inspiration from Frida Kahlo’s 1949 painting “The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me, and Senor Xolotl” — the group previously borrowed from the Mexican artist’s diary for the Ndegeocello-assisted “Transmission/Michaelion.” The Daniel Sannwald-directed effort is truly a spiritual vibe, with the artists delivering their parts individually before coming together with a couple of dancers in front of a staircase to the heavens.

Press play on “Made of Gold” below.

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