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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #16: PETITE NOIR

Download noir wave founder Petite Noir's vibrant 56-minute South African house-tinged Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.


Petite Noir is a South African/Congolese drone producer who also puts in time as the lead singer of Cape Town's Popskarr and member of The Capital of Cool collective. He self-dubbed his musical style noir wave — "a take on post-punk/new wave with a hint of an African aesthetic."

For our latest Africa In Your Earbuds, Petite Noir serves up a vibrant 56-minute South African house-tinged mix featuring Spoek Mathambo's remix of Seun Kuti, DJ Sbu and Zahara's "Lengoma", Alec Lomami and more. Explaining his selections, he states:

The reason my mix is predominantly South African is because it comes from a place that basically raised me. Coming to South Africa from Beligium, always having North African music playing and always listening to what my parents listened to, it somehow had some sort of relevance and made sense to me. I'm all for vernacular music, even though I might not understand what they are saying most of the time. I always use SA music as one of my influences.

Stream and download AIYE #15: Waves Generation below! Big up to Underdog for the cover artwork!

TRACKLIST

1. Sepulcure - The One (UK)

2. Dj Kent ft. Maleh - Falling (SA)

3.Big Nuz - Umlilo (SA)

4. Dj Clock Feat. Shisaboi - Ngomso (SA)

5. Fali feat. Olivia - Chaise Electric (DRC)

6. Alec Lomami - POP (DRC/USA)

7. DJ Sbu feat. Zahara - Lengoma (Petite Noir Chopped and screwed edit) (SA)

8. Flava - Sawa Le (NGA)

9. Fela Kuti - Water No Get No Enemy (NGA)

10. Amadou & Mariam - Dougou Badia Feat. Santigold (MLI/USA)

11. Petite Noir - 'till we ghosts/The Dance (DRC/ANG/SA)

12. Seun Kuti - The Good Leaf (Spoek Mathambo Remix) (NGA/SA)

Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: OLUGBENGA, RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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