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Community Hall

Ghanzi, Botswana 2019

Out of curiosity I was looking for events on facebook with geolocation in Botswana, so I come across the "10th Anniversary Overthrust Metal Death Mania", immediately captures my interest and within a week I decided to leave for Ghanzi, the capital of the Kalahari, in the largest desert of all Africa where the most important metal festival of the whole continent takes place. The Festival lasts three days and takes place within the Community Hall, a common space that is usually used by the local community for festivities, celebrations and sporting activities. The Overthrust is a band originally from Ghanzi, but thanks to the success of their music and the second life led by individual members of the band who work as state employees, they currently live in the country's capital but every year they do not fail to organize the festival themselves in their native village. The festival lasts two and a half days: on the first night the Community Hall is illuminated only externally by a street lamp, around it there is total darkness; within the structure, the community is in ferment for the preparations. Access is free to anyone and at any age from the second day of the festival; during the first day, the children remain outside the perimeter of the Community Hall trying to scrutinize and admire their idols, the metal cowboys. Most of them are dressed in clothing that goes from metal to western, others wear clothes in full Bronx and queens style: Nike, Levi’s and Jordan are the most frequent brands. They are relaxed and ready for the camera, with the strong desire to make themselves known in the world, to assert themselves. It is not just a festival, but a part of the real Africa, which in this case thanks to the art of music makes its way to new borders.
A Quite Society srl production.
Giovanni Naponiello, Executive Producer.
A Maatrice curated project.


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