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BLK JKS' Latest Album  'Abantu/Before Humans' is a Sonic Ode to Pan-Africanism

South African punk band BLK JKS’ new album ‘Abantu/Before Humans’ is a must-listen.

The South African alternative band, BLK JKS, has returned with its latest album Abantu/Before Humans. The nine-track album is a sonic ode to the continent of Africa that offers a soul-lifting and punk-electronic experience. Abantu/Before Humans comes after the wildly successful 2019 single "Harare" which saw its music video released in April of this year.

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20 Black Punk Bands You Need To Listen To

Punk's not dead, and these 20 black punk bands from North America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Brazil & more prove it.

40 years ago, punk rock spread around the world with bands like The Clash and The Ramones gathering a cult following and creating a scene in which kids who didn't fit in found a community.

Punk rock started in the U.K. and the States as a movement against the establishment—a way for working class kids to fight back through music and culture, no matter their lack of technical skills or financial means. Today, most of the remains of that period can be found in museums and it seems like most people have forgotten what the movement was all about.

Black punks stand out like a sore throat and their presence can be questioned. But, in reality, they've been present from punk's heyday with artists like Bad Brains, National Wake and Poly Styrene making history.

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Black punks, if anything, are some of the last vanguards of a punk movement that's been co-opted by the mainstream. They fight two battles: to create their own space inside their punk communities, as well as inside black culture.

Black punks have to reconcile these cultures, and are thus more authentic, rebellious, bold and not afraid to be involved politically.

Punk's not dead, and these 10 black punk bands show it.

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Decolonise Fest, a New DIY Festival Celebrating Punks of Color

London's Decolonise Fest is a punk festival for people of color, by punks of color. We talk to three of the festival's organizers about the project.

Meet the Soweto Punk Band Making Rock 'n' Roll for Kids in the Hood

South African rockers and skaters TCIYF on bringing punk rock and skateboarding to the streets of Soweto.

Prêt-À-Poundo: Style Guide — Rock Your Punk Fela Tee

This is a fashion editorial showcasing up-and-coming designers and mainstream fashion with a punk Fela tee-shirt.

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