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.”
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.