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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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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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