Rochelle 'Rharha' Nembhard is a creative director, filmmaker and co-founder of Noirwave. Born to British Jamaican parents and raised in South Africa, she grounds her work in promoting and facilitating diversity, access and inclusion in typically elitist spaces within the art world, namely galleries and museums. Her work explores identities developed across diverse experiences and cultures, forged through a contemporary African lens.
She maintains an on-going collaboration with her partner, the musician Petite Noir – a.k.a Yannick Ilunga, working as his creative director. Together, they created Noirwave, a pioneering cultural movement. Originating as an artistic movement responding to the fragmented identity of the African diaspora, Noirwave quickly developed into a state of mind, that, similarly to Pan-Africanism, looks to a borderless utopia. Noirwave works across music, film, performance and fashion.
In 2018, Nembhard graced the cover of Elle South Africa.