small cover image National Wake - Walk in Africa 1979-81
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Format: CD
Label: Light In The Attic Notify Me ( ? )
Price: $15.00
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"The South Africa of the late 1970s was neither the right place nor time to launch a mixed-race punk band. Yet, following the student-inspired Soweto Uprising of 1976, it was also exactly the right conditions to foster a band like National Wake, one formed in an underground commune, and one whose very name exists in protest at the divisive, racist apartheid regime. Never before collected together, Light in the Attic is set to release National Wake's full body of work as Walk in Africa 1979-81. Featured heavily in the Punk in Africa documentary, National Wake played punk, reggae and tropical funk, equally at home in the city's rock underground and the township nightclub circuit. Ivan Kadey started the band with two brothers, Gary and Punka Khoza. The three were from different worlds ? while Ivan was an outsider, a Jewish orphan born in the traditional Johannesburg immigrant neighborhood, Gary, Punka and their family were forcibly moved to the troubled township of Soweto under the apartheid regime. Later joined by guitarist Steve Moni, the whole band grew up against a backdrop of township unrest, social upheaval and suburban tedium that characterized apartheid-era South Africa. National Wake released just one album, in 1981. It sold approximately 700 copies before being withdrawn under government pressure. The band subsequently disintegrated, but their influence could be traced in the racially mixed post-punk underground centered around Rockey Street in Johannesburg throughout the 1980s, their legacy transmitted through fanzines and underground cassette trading. First ever anthology, remastered from original sources. CD housed in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with a 48 page book with scholarly liner notes by Punk in Africa director Keith Jones. Includes unseen photos, flyers, and band ephemera."


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