|: skunk anansie : and your political diy-kit
text: niko alm
There's truly nothing special about a band like Skunk Anansie even taking into account a black lesbian singer. The latter being only a very recent addition to her talents. It seems to be an unavoidable evolutionary process in the way bands develop, Somewhere inbetween album #2 and #3 the singer finds out that there's more in his/her voice than shouting and continuous touring and practising obviously refines skills unavailable for the first album. This is of course true for all band members and their instruments.
Skin jumps up and offers her hand. I'm honoured although I avoided to join in the chant of extemded hands before. "Anybody in for a squeezed hand", she asks her band. Hmm, is there something wrong with a firm handshake? Cass (bass) generously provides a psychological analysis, "People squeezing hands hide a plethora of insecurities". OK thank you. I've been traumatized by Skunk Anansie three times so far because they kept popping up at shows where they wouldn't fit. Poor Gravity Kills had to play at a third of their volume, not much of a support.
Politics. Here you go:
Skin: South Africa is very shocking actually. No one in Western culture can really imagine what it's like for people living there. For us it's still an incredible racist country. For them it's not nearly as bad as it was. You used to have passes to come into town, now they live in town. It's still such a long road to go.
Mark: Playing there was amazing. Usually when we go to a new territory first we play a little club and when we go back we play a bigger club and so on.. But the first time we went there we played Arenas which is just to show you who starved the people are of good music. We basically put South Africa on the world touring map.
Skin: The thing about South Africe is that everything is so set even now. You have to make point, make a step back from the way you are treated as a rock band in Europe. So you really have to make sure that this is a gig for black people too and not only for white South Africans because we are a rock band. Consequently we got more of an audience that anyone has ever had which is not a large number but more than in Europe