BLK JKS

BLK JKS defy description. With a wrecking crew rhythm section, debonair vocals, and guitar concoction of one part shred and two parts soul, BLK JKS shoot an African music sensibility through the tenets of rock. On one hand it is easy to politicize BLK JKS; as seen on the cover of Fader, here is a band that is instantly young, black and fly even as they reclaim styles that have been stolen, watered down, and regurgitated for generations. And yet to get caught up in anything but their sound is to sell this phenomenon short, because as musicians--as artists--BLK JKS simply cook.

BLK JKS Featured on Cover of Rolling Stone South Africa

BLK JKS on cover of Rolling Stone you say? Indeed they are! In an article titled BLK JKS: We’re Not Fucking Guns n’ Roses, OK? Notes from the Frontline of Rock’n Roll’s Last Frontier, writer Bongani Madondo brings to light the BLK JKS story. Interlaced with historic tellings of South Africa’s struggle, Madondo captures the rise of BLK JKS from their days as pre-teens to lives as rock musicians.

“In the limbo left by kwaito’s premature death, a band of four young bucks hardly out of puberty is fiddling with electric instruments. They have no inkling that they will one day stride indie rock’n'roll capitals as Africa’s belated answers to The Clash, The Smiths, The Cure or whoever. In no time, they will be proclaimed the “beautiful ones” that rock’n'roll has been waiting for since The Doors’ demise or since Tricky blessed the sinful earth with Maxinquaye. But I’m jumping the gun.”

Read more at Rolling Stone or pick up the July 2012 issue for the entire story.

LSTN: BLK JKS Craft a New Mixtape – “Africa In Your Earbuds #20″

It’s a mixtape folks! BLK JKS bring us the sounds that have been on rotation as they begin pre-production for their follow up LP to 2009′s After Robots. The mix has a unique blend of tracks ranging from the deep-bass remix of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” to the classic Talking Heads track, “This Must Be The Place.” Guitarist Mpumi Mcata, the mastermind behind the mixtape says, “It’s a kind of mix between the music one vibes to socially and the intensely personal, i.e the stuff that contributes to a human being who they are — new and old, stuff well worth visiting and revisiting, sometimes sharing isn’t overbearing.”

This mix comes to us via okayafrica. Check out the track listing below and then listen and download for FREE!

TRACKLIST
1. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Nit Grit Remix)
2. Saitana – Jenakuru
3. Tlokwe Sehomi – Masepalati
4. Sinkane – Jeeper Creeper
5. vampire9000 – Colours
6. Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
7. Brenda Fassie – Weekend Special (Richard the Third’s Italo Dub remix)
8. DJ Mujava – Mugwanti (Shooting Horses Remix)
9. Motel Mari – Hold On Me
10. BLK JKS – Tselane (Tselan3 Dub Remix)
11. Christian Tiger School – Slip Into Something Uncomfortable
12. Mankunku – Before the Rain And After

BLK JKS collab on Domus mixtape, available at FADER

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FADER has just posted a stream of the new Domus mixtape, curated by BLK JKS and visual artist Athi-Patra Ruga to give the listener an authentic taste of Johannesburg. The stream is part of a series by Daniel Perlin, who goes by DJ N-RON. The band, who officially participated as BLKJKSSNDSYSTM, offered this statement:

“There is a lot of talk about what Johannesburg is, what it was and what it is becoming. It is a city in, perhaps eternal, transition. This is a privilege for us, the people who call it ours. We can make Johannesburg whatever we want it to be. The city is here, asking us to shape it. While some look to European cities and envy their long established routines, venues and structures in the arts, there are those of us who see the blank canvas and embrace it. We see what we want our city to be, we see it’s place in the world, and we see the importance of our contributions. We have a dream and we want to make it reality.”

You can read about the whole thing on FADER here or stream it on the Domus site here.

BLK JKS also recently played the enormous Rock al Parque festival in Bogota, Colombia over July 4th weekend. Rock al Parque, widely considered one of the most important rock festivals in Latin America, attracted over 336,000 attendees this year. BLK JKS were joined on the bill by punk legends Dead Kennedys and DRI as well as a myriad of international acts like Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal), Delorean (Spain) and Colombia natives Bomba Estereo.

Blk Jks to open for Thirty Seconds to Mars in South Africa

south-africa-blkjks3photo via Fader

Blk Jks will be playing a couple of hometown shows later this month, opening up for Thirty Seconds to Mars. Check the dates out below!

11/19/10 Johannesburg, South Africa – Coca-Cola Dome
11/20/10 Cape Town, South Africa – Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World

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