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Listen to Petite Noir Join Danny Brown on Brilliant New Song, 'Rolling Stone'

Detroit rapper Danny Brown and South African noirwaver Petite Noir are a match made in heaven.

Danny Brown has a new album coming out at the end of the month. Atrocity Exhibition is the Detroit rapper’s first since 2013’s Old, and sandwiched in between the album opener and a collab with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt is a track featuring and produced by Petite Noir.


“Rolling Stone” premiered today on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast, and it’s exactly the follow-up we needed to the South African noirwave founder’s 2015 masterpiece, La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful. Simply put: Danny Brown and Petite Noir are a match made in heaven.

Speaking with Timmhotep Aku, the rapper revealed the track came about via the great connector that is Twitter. It all started with a DM from Petite Noir that prompted Brown to check the singer/producer’s music out at 4 in the morning. Brown was an instant fan. At that point, he was pretty much finished with the album. “Rolling Stone,” he mentions, was like a cherry on top. Petite Noir sent him a beat and a hook and Brown couldn't pass him up.

Tune in to the NPR player around the 25:50 mark. Atrocity Exhibition is out September 30 on Warp Records.

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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

The team included Canada's Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn and Slater Jewell-Kemker, as well as Dorothee Wenner (Germany), Shengze Zhu (China/USA), Carmen Sangion (South Africa) and Lydia Zimmermann (Spain). One(Nine) premiered digitally at Canada's Female Eye Film Festival that ran from March 12to 29.

For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

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