This Documentary Celebrates South Africa’s Burgeoning Black Punk And Metal Scene

Black Black Metal documents a small but enthusiastic community in Soweto.

Afropunk points to a new short documentary, Black Black Metal, released earlier this year, that tells the story of a small, but growing, black punk and metal scene in the historic Johannesburg township of Soweto.

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"In South Africa, rock music is massive, but limited to almost exclusively white communities," the film's opening credits tell us. "In Soweto – a microscopic punk and metal scene is emerging, demolishing some long-held cultural stereotypes."

Directed by filmmaker Wim Steytler, the seven-minute doc follows around skate kids and members of bands like Reeburth and Demogoroth Satanum, pairing footage of noisy garage and basement shows with audio from interviews.

In a lot of ways, the scene looks like any other: it's small and self-contained, enthusiastic, and fueled by a strong sense of otherness. Kids namecheck Sabbath and Cerebral Ballzy, defining their tastes in contrast to the area's substantially more popular house and hip-hop scenes.

As one of the interviewees puts it: “Whatever they do is out of passion, they’re not doing it [because of] the latest trend or whatever. Basically, it’s something that’s in their fucking blood.”

This Documentary Celebrates South Africa’s Burgeoning Black Punk And Metal Scene