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.

The Volcano vs. BLK JKS!

Mother Nature, dude.  She always wins.  Though it’s kind of neat to see when we arrogant humans get the royal natural SMACKDOWN, it kind of sucks?  We’ve got places to go and people to see!

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Does Mother Nature read the internet?  If she does, consider these points an open letter:

1. The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull is an awesome display of your majestic powers.

2. BLK JKS totally missed their flight to South Africa to attend the South African Music Awards, where they won BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM for After Robots.  You’re a huge fan of BLK JKS, so what gives?

In this rock paper scissors of international flight and volcanic eruption, Mother Nature beats airports, BLK JKS winning the SAMA awards beats Mother Nature and airports beats BLK JKS.  It might not make sense, but it’s the truth.  Liquid hot magma.

Congratulations, BLK JKS!  We knew you were SA’s best band, but now you will have an award engraved with the facts.

“ZOL!” New EP From BLK JKS Set For June 8 Release

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As the entire planet catches futbol fever and turns to South Africa for the World Cup, we’ll let you in on a secret! The moment’s unofficial anthem — the song young dudes in Soweto sing on the way to local matches — is not something imported or manufactured for touristic consumption. It has lived there, waiting for the world to turn its ears to South Africa, just now. Secretly Canadian is stoked to present you with ZOL!, the new BLK JKS EP just in time for The World Cup. More after the jump.

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BLK JKS to Perform at First-Ever FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert

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Control Room and FIFA have announced the first group of legendary musicians confirmed to perform at the FIFA WORLD CUP KICK–OFF CELEBRATION CONCERT.  BLK JKS, Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angelique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, and Vusi Mahlasela will perform at  the historic event taking place the night before the first match at 8:00 p.m. local time (1pm EST) on June 10, 2010, at the newly-renovated Orlando Stadium in Soweto/Johannesburg.

This is the first time the FIFA World Cup is being held on the African continent, with 32 national teams from all over the world playing matches in ten South African stadiums in the hope of being crowned World Champions. More after the jump.

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BLK JKS Featured on CNN’s Inside Africa

BLK JKS had a lot of time away from home in 2009 (including a few months in snowy Bloomington), so we are stoked to see them contentedly smelling the South African air in this video by CNN. The story follows Mpumi and Tshepang chilling in Soweto and discussing the reception of their music at home.  Also, Africa’s Best New Band (BLK JKS, duh) plays a show in Cape Town at the Purple Turtle, which is my new favorite venue based on the neon sign alone.

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