Album Review

National Wake – “Walk In Africa 1979-81” – [Light in the Attic]

humana   3/10/2014   12-inch, A Library

Imagine living in a commune in Parktown, South Africa, and wanting to create music. Two white guys, two black, amazing jam sessions. Enter the police, raiding the communal house on a regular basis, throwing chaos into the creativity because of the desegregation that was not allowed at the time. Fortunately, the indomitable spirit of the musicians took the strife and channeled it into the amazing songs on this double LP. The music (especially the lyrics) is infused with the rebelliousness of punk, while the sound is alternately “reggae new wave” and rock and soul. It is a shame that the police blacklisted the album when it came out in 1981, but hope lives on in rediscovery of great sounds coming out of Africa itself. Read the liner notes. Listen and learn.

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