Kalahari metal fans defy heat for artistic expression

Kalahari heavy metal bands are staying true to the traditional metal getup despite the searing temperatures of Southern Africa.
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Heavy metal is still viewed with suspicion in Botswana, but dedicated metal-heads are defying the criticism by continuing to wear leather even in the heat. Fans of the music genre have adopted a certain style of dress which includes all leather clothing, black cowboy boots, hats and props. For the musicians and their fans, their outfits are a form of artistic expression which not even the heat can disturb.

‘People think that we are rough, evil creatures, but [metal] teaches us to be free with expression, to do things on our own,’ Vulture, vocalist of the band Overthrust, told The Guardian.

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