La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful [Audio CD] PETITE NOIR
Yannick Ilunga AKA Petite Noir doesn't mince words when he outlines the message woven into his debut album La Vie Est Belle Life Is Beautiful: "STAY POSITIVE." Yannick is half-Congolese, half-Angolan and was raised in South Africa. His musical background ranges from metal to nu-disco. He?s since developed into a confident, singer and songwriter with a wide palette reflecting all the cultural dimensions of his life. Earlier 2015?s EP The King of Anxiety blended raw angular energy, bright African rhythms and subtle R&B into his alt guitar sound, and now La Vie Est Belle Life Is Beautiful takes that sound to louder, more defiant places. It?s what Ilunga calls "Noirwave," which is more of a concept than a specific sound. Inspired by innovators like Mos Def and Kanye and legends like Fela Kuti and Tabu Ley, Noirwave encompasses a "new African aesthetic," plain and simple.