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Petite Noir Shares The Striking Virtual Reality Music Video For 'La Vie Est Belle'

South African-based musician Petite Noir share the stunning music video for the title track from his debut album La Vie Est Belle.


Congolese-Angolan producer and Noirwave originator Petite Noir shares the mesmerizing new video for "La Vie Est Belle/ Life is Beautiful," the title track from his debut album featuring Congolese-Belgian MC Baloji. The nearly 5-minute video takes place in a hyperreal virtual realm where Noir can be seen in an array of vivid digital spaces, bedecked in multicolored designs and formations.

"With this video, I wanted to play on the manipulation of space—what it means to us in a world of design, technology and architecture, and how the spirit functions in relation to all these different virtual "realities". Noirwave is constantly stepping into new spaces and breaking down the conceptions of what those spaces mean and represent.” says the video's creative director Rochelle Nembhard.

The South African-based musician's captivating yet subdued performance captures the song's contemplative aura. Watch the brilliant visuals below and check out Petite Noir's previous music videos for "Best" and "Down." His critically acclaimed debut album La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful is available now.

 

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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