Aug. 19, 2014 06:57PM EST
Yasiin Bey and Petite Noir talk Noirwave in an interview with Dazed Magazine.
<p><em>Photo by Ignatius Mokone</em></p><p>Back in January <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/tag/yasiin-bey/" target="_blank">Yasiin Bey</a></strong> (formerly known as <strong>Mos Def</strong>) surprised us all when he <a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/events/yasiin-bey-live-from-africa-live-stream/" target="_blank">announced</a> he'd be performing live from an undisclosed location on the continent to be streamed in real time on Okayafrica and Okayplayer. That location turned out to be a rooftop in Cape Town, the city where Yasiin's been living for just over a year now. During the stream we couldn't help but spot <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/okayafrica-artists/petite-noir/">Petite Noir</a></strong>, aka one of our favorite Cape Town residents <strong>Yannick Illunga</strong>, on deck during the performance. Two months later, Yasiin gave a shout to the noirwave father in his <a href="http://www.rollingstone.co.za/musicrev/item/3171-from-brooklyn-to-bo-kaap" target="_blank">Rolling Stone SA</a> interview and Illunga <a href="http://instagram.com/p/lCjIDloDty/" target="_blank">Instagrammed</a> a photo of "The king of anxiety X Yasin Bey in the studio." All signs pointed to a Noir Star collaboration in the works. <strong><a href="http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/20897/1/mos-def-vs-petite-noir" target="_blank">Dazed Magazine</a></strong> confirmed our suspicions today in an interview with Yasiin and Petite Noir. "I really wanted to work with this guy," Bey told <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/SarahClaireP" target="_blank">Sarah Claire Picton</a></strong> for Dazed from a studio in Cape Town. "I found out he was Cape Town-based through <strong>Abdi Hussein</strong> – a fellow Brooklynite who I’ve known for many years. So it was really quite natural. Yannick asked me if I wanted to do something on (forthcoming album) so he came to the studio and played some of his songs. A lot of the tracks really stuck out, it was incredible. I did a couple of rough sketches on a track and when I came back the following day to check it out I was actually really, really proud of it." Head over to <a href="http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/20897/1/mos-def-vs-petite-noir" target="_blank">Dazed</a> for the full Yasiin Bey Petite Noir interview, in which the pair discuss "the South African sound," the possibility of <strong>Beyoncé</strong> and <strong>Future</strong> becoming hip to the "noirwave shuffles" and more. Be on the look-out for Petite Noir's next album, featuring Yasiin Bey.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p>
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