Our stereotyped image of Africa (a continent swamped under a raging sun, making it hard for people to walk around with leather jackets and mohicans...) somehow stops the thought of having Punk ever happening there, but it did, altho on a rather small scale. In fact, South Africa had seen an authentic punk scene.
And, like in the UK, Punk was instrumental on making black people and white people come together. But with a major, major difference as Apartheid was official in S.A. back then, and the young white punks could literally be draft in to go and fight/shoot any sign of Black Uprising. This has make up for a very peculiar punk scene, where elements of race and "class" was of significant importance.
The Afrikaans Punk scene could see youngsters come together and the music would be a mixture of straightforward punk, ska, reggae but also african music beats and feels. A documentary ( Punk In Africa)has been made and is being showed actually on many festivals screens, including the greatly-named "Too Drunk To Watch" punk movies festival Berlin.
The documentary takes us thru 4 different chapters:
1. Origins and Early History (early 1970s)