Heavy Metal Africa

Life, Passion, and Heavy Metal in the Forgotten Continent

Edward Banchs



A sightseeing trip in southern Africa in 2007 opened the author’s eyes to an uncharted music scene in an unexpected place: rock and metal, alive and raging in the forgotten continent. Sparked by his own love of heavy music and an insatiable wanderlust, Edward Banchs travels throughout South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Zimbabwe meeting the musicians and fans who, working with varying degrees of infrastructure and resources, pursue this music with a drive and passion recognizable to metal fans anywhere in the world.


With a scholar’s curiosity and a headbanger’s enthusiasm, Edward sheds light on the history, accomplishments and aspirations of African metal bands living their passions, and defining their generation the only way they know how.


Edward Banchs holds an MA in African Studies from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. A lifelong metalhead, he lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where he is planning his next African adventure.