Described by the Guardian as ‘Joy Division meets Paul Simon in Graceland’, the music of Petite Noir is certainly an interesting and unusual sound permeating the African airwaves. Yannick Ilunga, son of a Congolese father and Angolan mother has called Cape Town home since he was six years old. He calls his music Noir wave, and it’s an interesting Afro-Indie-Pop-Electronica take on New wave. He’s worked with fellow Afro innovator, Spoek Mathambo in their group Popskarr and his debut album Till We Ghosts has garnered international admiration culminating in a European tour and more recently a performance at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. I for one am excited to watch the rise of Yannick Ilunga and his incredible Noir wave.
Check out some of his videos and his blog; http://noirwavegeneration.tumblr.com/. I’ve also included a gallery of photographs by the fantastic Danielle Clough for Rolling Stone Magazine, South Africa. Check out her blog at: http://motherclougher.blogspot.ca/