Beyoncé Shocked These Young Artists By Spotlighting Their Song
Ibeyi had no idea they were getting a cosign from King Bey.
For young artists, there's of course nothing more powerful than an endorsement or mention from an established star—and there's nothing quite as insane for a group of rising stars than a cosign by one of the biggest artists in the world. Last night, Beyoncé posted a clip to her Instagram featuring footage from a video she made with Vogue in conjunction with her September issue cover.
While the original Vogue video is filled with soaring French vocals, there's a pulsing beat driving the short clip:
Beyoncé's comments were quickly flooded with people wondering if this was new music from the singer, but it's not B at all.
The music is actually a short excerpt from "River" by Ibeyi, a group of French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz. Their first official track dropped last year and the video for "River" has managed to drum up over three-million views on YouTube. But despite their early successes, the two girls were apparently blown away by a Queen B feature and according to a rep from their label, XL Recordings had no idea the video was coming.
"When our friends started to send us messages, we were in the airport in Germany, going to play in Sweden, we could hardly believe it," the girls wrote in an email to The FADER.
"The only thing they can say is that they could hardly believe it and that Beyonce is certainly a daughter of Oshun [a yourba God] herself!" the girls' mother added in the email. "They thank her for supporting young artists!"