Ja, just what the world needs – another social-inept stuck out on the Southern tip of the donker continent with access to blogging tools, a paltry, shame-inducing CD collection, and too much time on his or her hands. I’m pretty sure it also needs one with a painstakingly cultivated chip on his / her shoulder and no real qualifications to mouth off about music, local or otherwise, save a mint copy of High Fidelity, a congenital urge to force his / her opinions on those careless enough to venture within earshot, and a couple of second-hand Black Metal anecdotes. Ah, what the hell.

And now that you’re here, you might as well make yourself useful.

In the wholly unlikely event that you live in Africa and are / know / can muster a passable impersonation of someone in a local band – mail your gig details and sordid little revelations to the address below and I’ll see what I can do to splash them across the site for the edification of the 1 2 people who pass through here on a regular basis. Please don’t send me any more pictures of naked Ska bands, OK? I’m ska’ed for life as it is. (I said ska’ed. Geddit?)

Send children and money to: barbedandwired(at)

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