Recently I was thinking: ‘Is there such a thing as noiserock in Africa?’. So i went searching and asking around and this seemed not that easy. It is difficult to find noiserock but god, did I found awesome music! So this will be my Africa appreciation post filled with garage, punk, psych and other stuff. There is going to be a bit of everything here, but everything will be absolutely epic, I promise. Oh, and I will try to share bands or musicians that live in Africa, too keep it simple. This post ins ongoing and stuff will be added now and then. Please, iff you know of awesome stuff, let me know.
This is a three piece from Durban in South Africa that mix stoner and noiserock and stuff. Their latest album ‘Birth Create Dissipate’ is pretty wild.
Again from South Africa this a garagepunk bank called Make-Overs. They have released a couple albums and their music is pretty wild. Its a duo, wich i feel is alfways cooler.
This is an excellent record! ‘The Black Tapes’ was released in 1986 and is possibly my favourite on this list (favourite track ‘vlermuis’). This record feels like the closest I came to finding noiserock in Africa. This is the best Cape Town music I have heard!
Return To Worm Mountain
It is quite incredible what kind of bands I am discovering thanks to this post. Someone commented I forgot about this band. They seem to be a two piece between the the singer / guitarist of Black Math and some strange individual. Their music absolutely rules and they have just a new album out called ‘Therianthropy’ (it is about monsters).
This is gorgeous heavy music from south africa from somewher ein the seventies. Heavy rock with acid and punk. This Whole album rules from beginning to end!
Only last year the Durban, Sout African band Taekwondo Sleepover released a new album “Sink or Float” and it is goddamn incredible. Never thought I would find suck incredible stuff. This is goddamn african noiserock, the stuff I was searching for! f. An absolute banger!
Okey, sorry for all the people who are taking this way more serious than me, I know William Onyeabor does not make ear shredding bonecrushing music but its William Onyeabor and it s so beautifull and trippy and it fits on Fuzzy Sun, there I said it.
Som dirty punk, and when I mean really dirty. From Soweto in South Africa. If you want to know what the name means you can look it up yourself.
RIKKI ILILONGA & MUSI O TUNYA
Someone told me to look for the term ZAMROCK and now there is going to be an awfull lot of zamrock on this post because this mix of african music and psych is beyond awesome. Seems lots of people agree this band are the fathers of Zamrock.
Another Zamrockband! ‘Black Power’ is one hell of an album full of fuzz and fun.
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests
going to break my rules here myself because this shit is absolutely very awesome. And The Ex played in this if that helps a bit.
Group Bombino and Group Inerani
Nigerian psych with political protest songs of the Tuareg people’s rebellion against the governments of Niger and Mali.
Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Jazz Funk in 1970s Nigeria
This is lazy, I know, I am making it me a whole lot easier. Here is a compilation of Nigerian fuzz
I think most of you know Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.
On the same label as the Make-overs is the band is the South African heavy garage/noise band Sticky Antlers. chech out this fuzzed out goodie!
Just like Sticky Antlers and Make-Overs this band is on the KRNGY logo label. This is pretty dirty garagenoise.
Chrissy Zebby Tembo
This sounds a bit like the retro african version of Ty Segal.
Saharan psych of the highest order
Les Filles de Illighadad
Very trippy world/psych from Abalak.
deep fuzz and psych in the 70’s by pioneer band Amanazfrom Zambia ofcourse.
Ever heard of Wrust? it is like the African Sepultura. Tune in for some Botswana Metal.
very angry music from South Africa. Listen to some Chaos Christ.
Ofo The Black Company
Very fuzzed out garage and rocknroll from South Africa. Tune in for their latest album
18 thoughts on “I bless the punk and psych down in Africa”
Good list but you guys left out the abso-fucking-lutely incredible band Return to Worm Mountain. They’re a two piece between the singer / guitarist of Black Math and some weird hermit dude. Check it out https://returntowormmountain.bandcamp.com/album/return-to-worm-mountain
Great list and thanks for spotlighting the scene in South Africa. I saw Sticky Antlers live a few times, once in a tiny festival and once in a skatepark, they were always a fun show.
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Yo, also check out Ruff Majik for some weird stoner/sludge/punk fusions. And the Valley and Retro Dizzy for some Psych Rock fixes.
Boy, have I got a playlist for you.
All South African, all bangers.
Check out Feargulls ⚡️
Aweh so sick seeing Africa getting some love. A homie of mine made this dope playlist of South African bands. Check it out
https://microdotrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pure-war Noise rock, 1990, SA
https://mouse.bandcamp.com/ garage/noise/psych, SA