Scream for Me Africa! (Book)

Heavy Metal Identities in Post-Colonial Africa

Discusses African metal scenes and conversations around the presence of heavy metal in the continent, and how acts in Africa are changing the conversation of what is possible. Looks at the continent's blossoming scenes through themes including hybridity, othering and how scenes have collided with difficult political systems. 30 illus.

Category: Music, Regional


Scream for Me Africa! examines the hard rock and metal scenes in five African countries: Botswana, Togo, South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana. Edward Banchs interviewed musicians, producers, and fans in each country to create vivid pictures of each of these rarely discussed scenes. The book considers how the subculture of heavy metal is viewed in postcolonial Africa and examines how musicians in the continent have stepped forward to make this genre their own. It looks at the continent's blossoming scenes through various themes, including hybridity, othering, and political tensions.

Edward Banchs is a freelance writer and independent scholar based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Heavy Metal Africa: Life, Passion and Heavy Metal in the Forgotten Continent.

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