The Moviewww.punkinafrica.co.za from Punk in Africa on Vimeo. Making this show would have been utterly impossible without the aid of Keith Jones, Co-Director and Producer of the documentary "Punk In Africa." Tracing the history of the movement from its earliest days, the film brings the viewer to the streets (and musicians) that made everything happen. Absolutely a must see. To find out more, go to the film's website.
Arguably the first punk group in South Africa, Wild Youth threw down a raw guitar assault heavily influenced by the example of the British scene leaders. Not content with exposing south Africans to the full force of punk, members would later go on to join important hardcore groups in the 80's.
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Leading lights of South Africa's early punk scene, the multi-racial, multi-cultural, National Wake fused the righteous spiritual intensity of reggae with the energy of punk and grooves drawn from across South Africa. The result was fluid, powerful, and shockingly funky, a lost classic of punk's first wave.
See National Wake's Website HERE
Also, listen to a GREAT mix of Wake tracks (along with precursor and successor bands)
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In addition to being the in-house producer for the pioneering label Shifty Records, Warrick Sony also lead (and was often the sole member of) the Kalahari Surfers, a presciently tape-looping avant-dub rock band whose output manages to combine British psychedelia, King Tubby, and Mbaqanga while still remaining clearly punk. The surfers are actually still a going concern, although they have shifted increasingly towards electronic music.
The Genuineshttp://youtu.be/cIquyKd5DHw Straight outta Capetown, The Genuines mix the transnational folk sounds of Goema with the insane level of virtuosity necessary to cut it in the world of South African jazz, and the speed, intensity, and political fervor of punk.
Hog Hoggidy Hog
During the 90's, South African punk went through another set of changes, taking part in the worldwide ska revival lead (in the US at least) by group's like Operation Ivy and No Doubt. While reflecting these overseas trends, South African groups like Hog Hoggidy Hog still retained a highly local sound, drawing from the rhythms of music like Goema and Jive to create a distinctly South African hybrid.
Fruits and Veggies
A ska-punk band from Durban, Fruits and Veggies- lead by the wailing Purity Mkhize, are a serious new power on the South African scene. Check the video for their killer song "Without a Gwaai or a Cent."