Tshwane University of Technology, Frank Marshall

Morgue Boss


‘The claw of heavy rock reaches out to the most metal-hostile place on earth: sub-Saharan Africa.’ (Keith Kahn-Harris, 2010)


This study seeks to represent the ideologies of heavy metal subculture members in Botswana. The photographs take the form of posed environmental portraits, which attempt to explore the notions of performitivity, authenticity and mythology – all of them important elements encountered in heavy metal ideology.  The juxtaposition between this largely western subculture and its manifestation in Botswana became a defining theme of this study. The Author has aimed to create a cross section of the subculture’s social strata, from which anthropological discussions can emerge.