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Scream for Me, Africa!

Heavy Metal Identities in Post-Colonial Africa

An engaging look at the various metal scenes across the African continent.

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 on the continent have stepped forward to make this genre their own. It looks at Africa's blossoming scenes through various themes, including hybridity, othering, and political tensions.  

184 pages | 31 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Advances in Metal Music and Culture

African Studies

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"Reinforces the idea that African heavy metal is diverse and a vital platform for exploring and redefining postcolonial identities and expression, as well as resisting authoritarianism, capitalism, and exploitation of African people and resources."


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