Punk in Africa: DVD

Jun 13, 2014

This documentary profiles the various punk bands that sprung from South Africa’s tumultuous political climate during the ‘70s up until now. Pioneers such as Wild Youth, National Wake, and The Genuines braved harsh police repercussions just to play their instruments for some eager ears. These bands represent the radical politics, interracial communion, and discontent of Africa’s youth. The directors, Keith Jones and Deon Maas, do an excellent job of providing the historical background from which these bands arose and a lot of insights are finessed from the interviewees. Punk in Africa is an awe-inspiring film that confirms that punk, in its essence, functions most potently as a protest device and as a means to liberate a radical consciousness. Highly recommended. –Sean Arenas (punkinafrica.com)