New film Terra Pesada documents Mozambique’s heavy metal scene

2014-09-02 18:45

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When you think of Mozambique, I’m pretty sure heavy metal music doesn’t come to mind.

This is set to change with the release of Terra Pesada, a documentary in the making that follows the lives of heavy metal musicians in Mozambique.

Although heavy metal is widely considered a Western genre, its popularity is surging in all sorts of contexts across the globe, including Africa and the Middle East.

It is often used for discussing serious sociopolitical issues.

This is exactly the case for these musicians, who address everyday struggles, HIV and Aids, and their position as young Africans in the 21st century.

The musicians tell of a diverse list of influences ranging from the pop-punk sounds of Green Day to classic heavy metal rockers Slipknot. The music produced by main protagonists Zombie, Vasko, Cadaver, Euclides, Nemesis and Xambruco is no ordinary metal.

These guys are adamant they do not fit the generic metal stereotypes.

Rather, they are politically conscious and socially invested members of a society that needs youthful voices to speak out.

Terra Pesada is a bold idea for a documentary and takes an interesting look into a niche industry that needs support in order to grow. In city spaces, where access to electricity and internet is available, this genre is thriving, gaining a new following from urban millennials who are coming to terms with their society through blood-curdling screams and raw, energetic riffs.

For metalheads and novices alike, this is compulsory watching.

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