Lots of news in the world of BLK JKS leading up to the release of ZOL! on June 8th.
ESPN 2 and ABC in the United States will be broadcasting the FIFA World Cup Celebration Concert. ESPN 2 is going to broadcast it live, so you can see it on Thursday the 10th at 2pm EST, and then I’m going to be able to turn on ABC channel 4 and see the pre-recorded version of BLK JKS playing starting 8pm on Friday, June 11th. We originally thought you’d only be able to see it online in the US. Beyond exciting!
Tomorrow BLK JKS will make their first trip to Pretoria, the political capitol of South Africa, to perform at Tings an’ Times, a venue with a rich recent history of breaking bands and the mold.
Then on the 29th BLK JKS will travel to Swaziland to play in the Bush Fire Festival. The annual festival raises money to provide critical social services to the poverty-stricken and to raise money for Young Heroes, Swaziland’s first Internet-based fund raising initiative and NGO for HIV/AIDS orphans.
In Durban on June 3rd they’ll be playing in the land of SHAKA ZULU for the first time at RAINBOW and attempting to go meet BUSI MHLONGO while they are out there.
We will have some other announcements related to the World Cup shortly, but for now I leave you with the cool remix of “Lakeside” by Fractal that The Fader posted on their site yesterday.
Secretly Canadian is releasing the new EP by BLK JKS, ZOL! on June 8th. Pre-order it now and you receive an instant download of the EP. The first 50 people to pre-order it will receive a vial of volcanic ash that prevented BLK JKS from receiving their South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album.*
Have you not heard the title song, “ZOL”? It’s so good. I know that’s not very descriptive, and I hate to use the word “anthemic,” but it’s pretty seriously anthemic and also so wonderfully South African. This song makes me want to watch a futbol match RIGHT NOW. Click here to download “ZOL!”
*this is a funny joke, but the instant download is not a joke.
Today, exclusively via Smirnoff, a BLK JKS and Tiesto collaboration called “Dreaming” is now available for download.
Grab some OJ, treat yourself to a refreshing screwdriver, and start dancing.
The Facebook for the Smirnoff Experience has a lot of cool info on the airplane hangar concert that BLK JKS and Tiesto are performing in Johannesburg on May 15th. We will be there via their live video stream!
Today we released the title track of the upcoming EP by BLK JKS, “ZOL!”
“ZOL!” is a grassroots street anthem filtered through BLK JKS’ unmistakable and ever expanding sound. With a crazy head-bobbing kwaito beat and bassline, as lyrical guitar work takes the party higher, “ZOL!” finds BLK JKS hosting a house party for the planet. Percussionist Tshepang Ramoba takes the lead on vocals here as the guys back him up with call-and-response and polyrhythmic claps, raucously proclaiming “I can roll and shoot at the same time.”
This will get you pumped up for the World Cup, trust me.
The ZOL! EP will be released on June 8th in North America.
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