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Walk in Africa [LP] - VINYL

  • Artist: National Wake
  • SKU: 21727139
  • Release Date: 10/08/2013

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    • International News
    • It's All Right
    • Walk in Africa
    • Time and Place
    • Corner House Stone
    • Mercenaries
    • Wake of the Nation
    • Supaman
    • Speed It Up
    • Beat Up the Lights
    • Black Punk Rockers
    • Stratocaster
    • Everybody
    • Vatsiketeni

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      The True Spirit of Punk Lives On

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      In today's watered-down market of punk rock, we are not reminded often enough that this genre was considered highly dangerous during the late '70s and early '80s. The first generation of punk rockers often found themselves in fist fights with the police, the general public, and sometimes even their own fans. And yet, oddly enough, what began as a nihilistic movement to remake the music industry as a whole has since been adopted by society. Bands like the Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones, and Black Flag (to name a few) have blazed a legacy of incendiary records that were often recorded and released outside of the music industry, and it's taken a generation and then some for many of these bands to get the recognition they rightfully deserve. One such band to finally earn its due is National Wake, a mixed-race reggae-punk band from South Africa. While this may seem like no big deal to those learning about the band since the 2013 release of this anthology, the very existence of this band was very much a big deal during their brief existence. Apartheid was in full effect in South Africa from 1948 through 1994, which means the very existence of the band was illegal. When you take into account that National Wake's primary focus was to bring about the end of apartheid...well, that's about as punk as you can get (sorry, Johnny Rotten). But what kind of music did the band make, you ask? Take equal parts Bob Marley & The Wailers and The Clash and add a quarter cup of Fela Kuti, and that is pretty much the recipe for their music. Sadly, this collection only yields us fourteen songs to act as a compass for their musical career, but at least those fourteen songs are each sheer dynamite. Leaning more heavily on the side of reggae, dub, and traditional African music, their lyrics were incendiary to say the least. And then there's the 17-plus minute "Vatsiketeni," which is simply an ingenious piece of music. Sadly, the band was up against an oppressive government that, on more than one occasion, threatened not only to imprison the band members but also to kill them for crimes against South Africa. Thankfully, their efforts helped bring an end to apartheid less than two decades after they began performing, and they have left behind a legacy that will live on.

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