Milky Way VI ➾ Jayme Gordon
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Wolverine and the X-Men by Mahmud Asrar
Oya and her mask.
She is a 13-14 year old Nigerian mutant with the power of Thermo-Kinesis. She manifested her powers after mutant messiah Hope Summers returned from the future. She is one of five “lights” which signify the mutant race is not dieing. After being rescued by Storm she joined the X-men. She accompanied Hope on a few missions and found a kindred spirit with the X-man Wolverine. During schism she kills twelve people to save her teammates from certain death which results in a debate and argument between Wolverine and Scott effectively tearing the x-men into two separate teams. After schism her willingness to kill again and perceiving herself as a monster causes her to be sent away with Wolverine to the Jean Grey School.
While at the school a future vision shows her as part of the X-men in a relationship with Quentin Quire/Kid Omega.
Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.
Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).