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Here’s a name I’ve never heard before. National Wake were active in South Africa from 1979 until 1981, a mixed race punk band in apartheid South Africa, they were mired in controversy and their album was pulled by the government after selling a measly 700 copies. I don’t want to go too far into their history and background because I’ll only make light of how little I know so you should turn to the press release (and massive 20 page booklet, should you buy it) to learn the facts.
This is high energy stuff, full of bustling African rhythms and clear influences from The Clash and Bob Marley and early Police, veering from insurrectionist punk to bouncy high energy reggae. It’s all really well written and recorded and the performances are full of character and life and political righteousness. With more exposure I could easily see these guys being regarded alongside the aforementioned bands, the skill and vitality is totally there. There’s stuff on here that hasn’t been released before too. Marvellous stuff for those who like the poppy side of early punk.
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