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Interview with Legacy Magazine from Germany talking about African Metal

 

In September this year, we had an interview with the Editor of Legacy Magazine, a huge magazine from Germany talking about African metal. Enjoy the interview

Dominik Irtenkauf, editor for Legacy magazine (Germany):

Your online journal AudioInferno specializes in African Metal music. What can you tell our readers about Metal around the continent Africa? (I know it might be a difficult question).

Austin of Audioinferno:

First of all, I want to correct that misconception, we are not primarily all about African Metal. We do cover rock, too. However, we will focus on Metal here.

There is a stage when AudioInferno would be able to say Africa is a major territory within the Metal scene. However, for now it’s just the beginning, this is what makes it interesting. Metal hasn’t really gone mainstream in Africa and a huge percentage of Africans don’t even know what Metal is. You ask someone do you listen to Metal and the person doesn’t have any idea of what that is. The Metal scene in Africa needs more bands, more media coverage, and more online-zines. Everyone needs to contribute to the Metal scene in Africa, if you can’t join a band, shout about it on social media, and support the scene in any way you can.

Obviously, the bands can’t do everything on their own. However, there is the need to get more materials recorded, get signed up to a label, have endorsements, and be proactive. Bands should also get access to recording studios and studio time so they are not just releasing a song then they would hibernate for 2 years before they record another. Sometimes, it leads to breakup of bands due to lack of funds to record.

We here at AudioInferno need EPs and full length albums from Metal bands in the African scene. Already we’ve spoken to some African bands and they tell us how they record their music in their garage/room. That’s not good, these bands need access to proper studios and in most countries in Africa, it’s hard to find a proper studio. A digital album by an independent band will go a long way to help spread the music.

Dominik Irtenkauf, editor for Legacy magazine (Germany):

In which African country do the editors for AudioInferno live and work? Do you face any problems running this journal?

Austin of Audioinferno:

AudioInferno editors are mostly based in Nigeria. Although, we do have contributors from other countries within Africa. As for challenges, the main ones are raising funds, generating consistent quality dynamic and interactive content and developing a fan-base/community. We’ve not monetized the blog just yet, so it’s difficult doing certain things which require funds. We’re not where we want to be as regarding content, We need the kind of content that constantly engage our readers and create a better awareness of Metal music and Rock in general. Right now, we are in the infancy of building a community working hard bringing rock fans from far and wide and introducing the world to African rock.

Dominik Irtenkauf, editor for Legacy magazine (Germany):

Do you think there is a special kind of Metal in Africa?

Austin of Audioinferno:

Africa is a blessed continent and we have lots of stylistic traditional cultures which obviously influence the style of different bands  . We have traditional instruments that only we Africans have incorporated into Metal. There have a culturally aware heavy Metal in Africa. We chant in our dialects, we explain the philosophy of our gods while playing our traditional instruments.

African Doomhammer from Namibia chants in their language with some folk elements that makes you feel like you are being sacrificed to a god. Dividing the Element from Zimbabwe incorporates their traditional drums (Magentsi) into Metal. Nawather, an oriental Metal band from Tunisia integrates Qanun (king of Arabic instruments) into their Metal music.

Dominik Irtenkauf, editor for Legacy magazine (Germany):

The main music markets focus on Europe and North America. Do you think this is a reason why African bands are not so popular? Is it a legacy from colonial times?

Austin of Audioinferno:

African bands are not receiving the exposure they deserve. They are not popular because of the stereotypical ideologies about Africa. If you tell a foreigner that Africa has good Metal bands, they would be amazed and they would be like “What, there is Metal in Africa?” And the answer is yes because I’ve experienced this first hand.

First of all, we have to kill that mentality. There are great Metal bands in Africa, very good bands, so much talent here, good riffers, and insane drummers, beastly male and female vocalists. They only just need to be heard and that is what we aim to do.

AudioInferno would love to see the African scene grows and reach its full potential, we might even be competing with the Scandinavian scene someday.
Germany is a good market for African bands, too. Germany has a very strong Metal tradition. Already you have invited Parkinglotsgrass (Kenya), Before Crush (Angola) and you guys just invited Overthrust (Botswana) to come play in Germany.

Except for Northern and Southern African bands, others in other countries don’t receive much domestic support from the media within. Bands in Angola have little or no effects beyond its borders this is because they speak Portuguese and therefore only appeal to people in Brazil, Portugal, and Mozambique.

We here at AudioInferno cover some great Angolan Metal bands like Before Crush and Dor Fantasma. Dor Fantasma band’s name has to do with the civil war in Angola which was fought for over 20 years, a documentary was even made telling the relationship between the war and Metal. You should watch Death Metal Angola, we had a review on it done by Tim Walter, one of our guest writers.

Angola are recovering well. They have fast growing economy. The government has wealth from oil which has aided in recovery and development.

One thing I like the Mozambicans for is that they have passionate Metal fans and bands that are trying to start up but they are not heard due to poor publicity. They also have a documentary about their war and bands also called Terrespeda, it is a good watch.

We have great Metal bands in Africa ranging from Madagascar, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and more.

Dominik Irtenkauf, editor for Legacy magazine (Germany):

I can imagine that the Metal scenes in Africa are still small. So when you talk to the bands from Africa, do you hear some kind of mythology they all share? Or some political issues?

Austin of Audioinferno:

Some kind of mythology they all share? No, I think everybody has got their own perspective. Africa is very wide and diverse. different bands have different philosophies. But If you mean bands that sing about mythology, yes there are.

Vale of Amonition(Uganda) and African Doomhammer(Namibia) have lyrics that deal with politics and mythology. Scarab(Egypt) also talk about Egyptian mythology. Skinflint(Botswana) also have some mythological lyrics in their songs but bands from South Africa are not influenced by mythology quite as much.

Keep supporting your local bands\m/

Austinrock

Name is Austin, peeps call me Austinrock. I like to interact with bands. You DO NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained here \m/{*¿*}\m/ ...THERE...OK. I'm a huge Melodeath metal fan. I'm proud to be a METALHEAD. Metal isn't for everybody, it's for the chosen few. Most friends I have tell me they don't understand why I like metal, that it is too much noise. They just going to have to listen beyond the noise and the truth is they don't have to figure it out, it is either in you or it isn't. Metal is my morning coffee and it's my night sleeping pills...

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