Petite Noir real/full name is Yannick Ilunga, He was born August 25, 1990,He is a Belgian-South African singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Cape Town, Western Cape. Noir was
one half of Popskarr with record producer and DJ Terrence Pearce, and a member of the music collective Capital of Cool. He is currently signed to Double Six Records. His debut extended play The King of Anxiety was released in January 2015 and his debut studio album La vie est belle / Life Is Beautiful was released in September of the same year.
He was born in Belgium but moved to Cape Town when he was six years old. He met Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) in Cape Town, and they discussed music and politics. The encounter was really influential in shaping his growth as an artist. “We were meant to bump into each other. He really is an activist and taught me a lot about what’s wrong with the world,” the singer told an interviewer fromThe Guardian UK. Noir even has his own “genre” of music dubbed noir-wave, which he describes as “new-wave with an African aesthetic”. He’s played at international festivals such as SXSW, Transmusicales in France and has performed with Solange a few times. She also included him in a compilation of experimental R&B released by her record label, Saint Heron