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Petite Noir Shares The Black-And-White Visuals For 'The Fall'

Watch the minimalist, black-and-white video for South African noirwave producer Petite Noir's "The Fall."


South African producer Yannick Illunga aka Petite Noir explores the push-and-pull of a relationship in the minimalist, black-and-white visuals for "The Fall," his sparse electronic single off The King Of Anxiety EP. The music video, directed by and starring Illunga alongside his girlfriend Rochelle Nembhard, is inspired by performance artist Marina Abramovic's 2010 MoMA show The Artist Is Present. “The video is based on my real relationship, but it’s overexaggerated,” Illunga tells T Magazine, "[it] shows what a relationship in general is: our attempt to lose selfness and achieve unity. When we fall, we fall together.”

In addition, Petite Noir expanded on the term 'noirwave,' which he coined. "The term ‘African music’ is so overused,” he mentions to T Magazine, “to the point that when some people say it, it just sounds cheesy. Noirwave was always meant to include clothing, art, photography, music obviously — all types of things. It’s taking the Africa that we know, turning it upside down and bringing people a new black. Solange is super Noirwave. So is Beyoncé. Noirwave is pop culture — it’s coming, but right now it’s just boiling.”

"The Fall" is the fourth single off Petite Noir's new EP and follows "Chess," "Till We Ghosts" ft. Yasiin Bey, and "Shadows." Watch the music video for "The Fall" below, The King Of Anxiety is out now via Domino Records.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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