>> It's the music of the disaffected, and now punk rock has found a new home, the Soweto township in South Africa.>>
Punk originated in the 1970s in the US, UK, and Australia. An aggressive rock soundtrack for a generation angry with the status quo.
Now Soweto band TCIYF is bringing the anti-establishment genre to a new audience, and drawing a crowd every time they rehearse.>> Punk rock is, what does it mean? It's great man, it's like I can express myself freely. I can be myself.>> Soweto, a sprawling township near Johannesburg was a flashpoint for the anti-apartheid movement.
And from the protests on the streets to international concerts, music was a major part of bringing attention to that struggle. Many of TCIYF's fans are so-called born frees, born after apartheid ended in 1994. And yet they also cite reasons to feel let down by the system.
Such as a of corruption scandals and near record levels of unemployment. Some of the poorest in South Africa live in this predominantly black area.>> We have all this TIY movement thing, and we're used to living the life that we live. It's not like we grew up rich.
So we just go around and make it happen anyway.>> Though TCIYF started here, their music is also climbing on to the global stage. Last month they performed at the Johannesburg debut of the Afropunk Festival, which celebrated cultural diversity, self-expression and black empowerment.>> It's so nice to just see, like, punk rock out here, coming out of the hood.
These guys are from my hood. They're from Soweto.>> In a country known for its thriving house and hip-hop scene, a black punk band is a rarity. For the youth of South Africa they seem to have struck a cord.