I just came back from Cameroon where I did an art residency. When I was there I came up with the idea of organizing a metal concert to see the response of the audience unknown to metal. I found that almost nobody knew much about metal music, even the term METAL had to be put as "metal rock" to understand what i was pointing at.
Talking with musicians I discovered metal never happened in Cameroon at all. In the 60's there was rock and roll but due economic decline and maybe other reasons it never evolved in heavier guitar styles.
I made posters for a metal concert and invented with some local people a band name (Ngos'a Bedimo) wich means "ghosts music"" and put this on 50 black tshirts:
I found musicians willing to try and play it, and I had some distortion pedals with me to use. At the end what is typical for Africa the musicians came way too late for rehearsal or didn't show up at all. In a moment of improvisation I played metal on a right hand guitar ( i'm left handed) with a "makkosa" drummer on Saturday night in a club in Douala. It was fun but not completely what I wanted to do (i wanted an all black, all cameroonian black man metal band)
I saw your essay presentaiton online "Beneath the Remains" where you talk about the underground experience. This is what i was looking for maybe, a fresh audience , strong link to occult, ancestors and witchcraft confronted with metal. "Underground music scene" besides the hiphop cd-r from young kids was very hard to find, "traditional" was easier.
So well a nice experiment for the 3 weeks stay there, I left some cd's and a guitar book how to play metal.
The idea of creating a previously non-existent 'local' popular music genre in this way is an intriguing one. Music scenes tend to emerge either 'organically' through the efforts of people on the ground, or through the efforts of music corporations - this experiment followed neither model. In fact you could argue that this was a kind of 'missionary' attempt to create African metal. The imperialist connotations of this are of course problematic. Nevertheless, as an experiment to think what black African metal might look like is fascinating.