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Do It Yourself, The Art Of Being Punk (In Kenya)

This insightful documentary features Kenyan AP member Djae Aroni and his punk band Crystal Axis. Djae shares his experience of being punk in Nairobi.
"[For this] 17 year old Kenyan, being the guitarist of one of Kenya's only punk bands, everyday is another struggle on the way to become accepted as an individual and artist. His parents wants him to study law and leave the band."

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Comment by Patrick Chappelle on September 1, 2012 at 12:21pm

The way it seems to me from watching this video, they may continue to pursue music in some form in the future, but I don't believe the band itself will remain. I'm also uncertain if their philosophical outlook on life will persist beyond their university years.

Regardless, they need to get away from Kenya if they're to be successful as a band. That religious, conservative environment is depressing. Looking at the dispassionate crowd made me nauseous, and the applause at the end was gut-wrenching.

If they ever perform here in the US, I'd be more than happy to share a keg and women of questionable character with them after a show. 

Comment by Larry "Grey Eagle" Beaner on April 22, 2012 at 11:50am

There's so much of what's felt growing up in a band; particularly one that isn't mainstream. It's about the clash of dreams & reality & trying to merge them; make that dream a reality! This was such a great flashback!!

Comment by Elo The Source on April 20, 2012 at 1:08pm

yes I love this woooweeee!!!!!!!!!! that is whats up D.Y.I

Comment by HeartOfAMetalhead on April 15, 2012 at 1:30am

Awesome. It's awesome how there are punk kids all over the world. I wish I was in their band.

Comment by wmdekooning on April 14, 2012 at 1:59pm

I can totally see their aul' man DOES NOT get it.  He's sitting in a chair and and he can't express himself!

Comment by BK_Malik on April 11, 2012 at 10:43pm

Being a Muslim myself this really hit home for me. Glad to see punk spreading in Africa.

Comment by The Deacon on April 11, 2012 at 6:45pm

Shit, kill your own chicken should give you the right to say whatever you want. I think they sound good though, just probably not the right audience for their music.

Comment by blu girl on April 11, 2012 at 12:28pm

Crystal Axis playing RATM was pretty badass. Great doc!

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