As part of today’s impressive finalised line-up announcement for CTEMF 2016, it has been confirmed that Petite Noir will be returning to (kinda) home town Cape Town to perform live here for the very first time.
After experimenting with a variety of musical styles and arrangements with the likes of Spoek Mathambo whilst growing up and starting his career in Cape Town, in the middle of 2012 Yannick Ilunga released a series of music videos without much context with Bad Life, under the name of Petite Noir. Those releases signalled a whole new hypnotic sound and aesthetic focus, which he defines as ‘noirwave‘, along with a sense of artistic and personal guardedness.
Ilunga is mostly based in the UK with his live band and travels between London, Cape Town and Lubumbashi when not touring the world with the likes of Foals and Solange. He has gone on to perform in dreamy venues and record with his heroes, such as Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def), who also lived in Cape Town for many months during Ilunga’s rise to global acclaim.
Having recently released a critically praised debut album, La Vie Est Belle/ Life Is Beautiful, and a series of gorgeous videos with his partner, art director Rharha Nembhard, Ilunga is riding a wave of beautiful global performances, adoring audiences and critical acclaim.
Cape Tonians have been aching to catch a live performance by an artist who is considered by many to have roots here. The pleas have been heard by the trusted team at CTEMF, who have included Petite Noir in the magnificently diverse line-up for 2016’s (5th) version of the festival happening on 5-7 February at the beautiful Cape Town City Hall.
Go now to their site to check out the rest of the line-up and buy tickets so you don’t miss out on this opportunity for sonic discovery and a richer knowledge of the best of the South African music landscape and the best of left-field-ish global music.