Best Family Band: Ibeyi
Cajón-banging Naomi Díaz comes from a long line of percussionists– pops smacked the same beat box with Buena Vista Social Club – and her performance with twin sister Lisa-Kaindé Díaz does more to tangle bloodlines, influences and eras. Stuttering African rhythms and agile Cuban melodies were at the set's heart, but noirish trip-hop, spare rap beats, moody piano jazz and dramatic art-pop swirled through their ether. Though Lisa-Kaindé sang lead over her keys, Naomi's coo often met hers midair, doubling the vocals to dizzying effect, especially on the Yoruba chants that wed the otherwise English lyrics to the pulse of the motherland. Brimming with oblique and personal references to colonialism, slavery and hybridized faiths, Ibeyi's poetry was all about heritage.