‘Dogg pound days are over.’

by Karabo Mooki

The focus of this photo-documentation is on the movement of the Punk Rock culture in Soweto, South Africa. Highlighting the unexpected growth of influential youth culture that has been rising from the infamous township of Soweto.

Punk Rock and skateboarding is keeping the youth inspired and unafraid of pursuing their dreams, in an environment that is not receptive to “white music and white sports”, without public scrutiny or fear of being stereotyped.

This movement is something that I have documented through the lives of the gatekeepers of the punk movement in Soweto.

These unlikely role models from the band “T.C.I.Y.F” have influenced their community and outsiders, bridging borders through what many may deem as anti-establishment and non con-formative forms of self expression, similar to the rebellious nature of great South African artists such as, Brenda Fassie, Hugh Masekela and Lucky Dube, who rebelled against the Apartheid regime through their music.

This group of punk-rockers continue to aspire and inspire young black children and adults from the townships to the suburbs. Debunking the stereotypes and the misconceived identity the world has shaped what it means to be Punk-Rock, and from its one-dimensional perception as an only white accessible genre.

photos and words by Karabo Mooki



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