National Wake: the South African Punk Band who Defied Apartheid

Think the Clash were rebels? National Wake’s multiracial lineup set them on a collision course with the South African establishment in the late 1970s and early 80s

National Wake: 'We walked onstage, plugged in and they pulled the plug within 10 seconds.' Photograph: Courtesy of Ivan Kadey/Light in the Attic Records

National Wake: ‘We walked onstage, plugged in and they pulled the plug within 10 seconds.’ Photograph: Courtesy of Ivan Kadey/Light in the Attic Records


A couple of years ago, an LA-based recording studio designer called Ivan Kadey went to a screening of Searching for Sugar Man, the Oscar-winning documentary about singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez and his long-standing fame in South Africa. He enjoyed the film, but something about it bothered him. After the discussion that followed the screening, Kadey felt impelled to go up to one of the panel members, Matt Sullivan, of Rodriguez’s US label Light in the Attic. “I said, you know, this is a great story, and it’s true what Rodriguez meant to us. But they talk about there being no protest music in South Africa in the…click here to read more on the Guardian UK

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