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POWERAGE- Protest to survive 7″EP (Neg. Fx, France, 1985)

Sometimes, the music’s not so important. Or the other way ’round: The music gets its importance from the context.

POWERAGE released this EP in 1985 on a french label, when South Africa was still a bloody racist state. When I was very young still, I started protesting against the Apartheid state and the close business and military connections between South Africa and Switzerland. Making posters, boycotting South African products, picketing in front of swiss banks that dealt with the regime and so on. If anybody would have told me back then that one day Nelson Mandela would not only be free but president of the country, I wouldn’t have believed it. It seemed as improbable as the racist state seems itself unreal, now, in retrospective. I had never heard any Punk or Metal from South Africa until in late 1985, when this EP was released. I never cared too much about the music, honestly, it was always just reason enough to deeply respect POWERAGE for the fact that they spoke out against Apartheid. And that such a band had its name from my favorite AC/DC album, as stated on the 7″ sleeve.
“Stop Apartheid” is the song I like the least on here. “Death Dance” and “Freedom” are very expressive and atmospheric numbers and “Adapt or die” is a pretty memorable song too.
Prior to this, POWERAGE had selfproduced a two track 7″ in 1983. I’ve never seen this 7″ and I’d love to find me a copy. Let me know if you can help. Not too long ago (maybe in the early 90s), there was a POWERAGE live album, packed with info material and what not. I’m sure that I have it somewhere, but I can’t find it at the moment.

Now go to the great Punk in Africa site and find out more about the upcoming documentary and more.

Stop Apartheid.mp3
Death Dance.mp3
Adapt or die.mp3