The prince of Noirwave is going on a Southern African tour this month, ahead of his much-anticipated performances at both AFROPUNK Festivals in London and Paris in July. In a familiarly casual Facebook post announcing the tour, Petite Noir wrote: “Going on a mini Southern Africa tour this May! Come ride the #Noirwave with me!”
The tour consists of 5 shows from the 21st of May to the 2nd of June. The first being a collaboration with South Africa’s most dapper son, Bongeziwe Mabandla, at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town at Sunday Edition Presents: Petite Noir x Bongeziwe Mabandla. Following this, his remaining performances are all at festivals belonging to the Igoda Southern African Music Festivals Circuit.
Igoda is a isiZulu word that means “knot” or “to bind together” and is the name of a unique and innovative concept that brings together the finest music festivals within Southern Africa to create one of the first official touring circuits on the African continent, and builds off the success of the Firefest route, which ran from 2013. It is a partnership encompassing festivals from Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa and Reunion Island including: Azgo Festival, MTN Bushfire (Malkerns, Swaziland), Zakifo Music Festival (Durban, South Africa), Bassline Africa Day (Johannesburg, South Africa) and SAKIFO Musik Festival (Saint-Pierre, Reunion Island) as the founding members.
At MTN Bushfire, Petite Noir will play alongside maskandi veteran Vukazithathe, pop-darling Kyle Deutsch and afro-electronica trio Batuk. Following this, he’ll appear at the Bassline Africa Day Concert with afro-jazz titan Thandiswa Mazwai, after which it’s on to Zakifo Festival where he shares the stage with the legendary Ray Phiri and enigmatic Ghanaian electro-soul darling Jojo Abot. The last stop for Petite Noir and the Igoda circuit is Sakifo Musik Festival in Reunion Island where he’ll share a stage with reggae’s Damien Marley and Congolese-Belgian groove giant Baloji.
This tour marks a significant moment for Southern African music: a prominent, internationally-renowned African musician has launched a tour based almost entirely on the infrastructure of the Igoda circuit. If this is a glimpse into the future of what is possible for Southern African artists, then what an exciting beginning to a vital story.
Flyer designed by Emeka Alams / Picture taken by RhaRha Nembhard
Be sure to catch Petite Noir at a show closest to you:
21 May – Cape Town – Sunday Edition Presents: Petite Noir x Bongeziwe Mabandla
26 May – Swaziland – MTN Bushfire
27 May – Johannesburg – Bassline Africa Day Concert 2017
28 May – Durban – Zakifo Festival
2 June – Reunion Island – Sakifo Musik Festival
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