created by musician Petite Noir and creative director RhaRha Nembhard in 2012, is a movement with its roots in music but its vision fixed firmly on the creative future. Responding to current cultural movements centred in Africa - arising against a backdrop of international anxieties concerning borders, nationhood and globalisation - Noirwave offers followers a citizenship which rejoices in freedom of movement, physically and creatively. Noirwave recognises identities developed across diverse experiences and cultures - but forged through a contemporary African flame. Nodding to the legacy of the Pan African movement - working to unite all people of African descent - Noirwave does not seek to rewrite the African narrative, but to offer a new one one that represents the true contemporary experience across this great continent, and beyond.
Giving voice to this new generation, The Noirwave Commandments outline the mission statement and manifesto for this burgeoning movement. A movement galvanised by diaspora, immigrants and refugees a movement which recognises creativity as a transcendent catalyst for change.
We lay down these commandments for displaced followers everywhere, so that we might never forget the true sound of Noirwave.
Let us first understand our name Noir represents the infinite space before us. Creative alchemists, we recognise that blackness is not a void, but a neverending possibility to create. It is limitless, boundaryless and - most importantly - timeless.
Wave signals the energy and reach of this movement it possess the power to instigate change, whilst respecting the beautiful transience of cultural, national and creative moments.
Then let us remember who we are
Followers of Noirwave, you stand on the shoul shoulders of diaspora, refugees and immigrants you rejoice in a borderless philosophy for creative immigrants globally. You are unapologetic in the abandonment of retrofitted Western narratives. You conform only to non-conformity.
Then, remember what we do
We sing so our global contemporaries hear that a new time is here a time of exodus, of departure. We herald a movement towards a new future for contemporary culture.
We dance so our feet might traverse your borders, opening the worlds in our minds, over and above the ones laid out for us. Our feet know no boundaries, no limits to expression rebelling against a world of borders, we move to the sound of cultural clashes.
We travel to resurrect ancient knowledge systems, symbols, visuals and sounds, and attract futuristic ones. Our all-encompassing identities freely navigate time and space a prerequisite of our own displaced legacies.
Finally, let us know who we welcome, so that we might recognise our people, as we travel, dispersed around this world
Noirwave offers citizenships only to free souls it houses victims of forced displacement, it reclaims refugees. Our citizens freely move across cultural borders and creative modes. We rejoice in the free movement of our people, a people whose concept of home is endless, inclusive, universal
This is Noirwave.
This is it.
The vision of the mission.
Lets take it to a new level