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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.

BLK JKS Nominated for Two South African Music Awards!

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BFD Alert!

Congratulations are in order for BLK JKS!  Their hard work on last year’s release After Robots has been recognized by the South African equivalent of the Grammys – The South African Music Awards (SAMA) has nominated After Robots for two awards:

Best Album of the Year

Best Alternative Music Album: English

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The awards will be broadcast on SABC 1 on April 17th, 2010 at 8pm – so all BLK JKS fans in SA need to tune in and cheer on Tshepang, Molefi, Linda and Mpumi!  Good luck, friends!

BLK JKS Debut “Molalatladi” Video

Today we bring you BLK JKS’ first video from After Robots, with “Molalatladi.” The video was filmed in September between a downtown New York Club and Coney Island, with extra South African footage coming from director Jamie-James Medina’s film Sanza Hanza.

Directors – Chell Stephen & Nadia Hallgren
Producer – Lisa Diebner
NYC Director of Photography – Gregg Conde
Soweto Director of Photography – Nadia Hallgren
Editors – Chell Stephen & Sam Winter
Production Company – Polite Company
Executive Producer – Jamie-James Medina

BLK JKS Play Acoustic Set at SPIN Offices

It’s been a good year for BLK JKS, and now music journalists are calling them one of 2009′s hottest breakout acts. The band’s recent visit and acoustic performance at SPIN’s New York offices wowed their staff, and luckily was captured on video for the rest of us to enjoy too. The set included “Lakeside” and “Standby” from their full-length debut After Robots, and the traditional South African protest song “Mzabalazo.” Watch the performance HERE.

BLK JKS are also nominated for Best New Artist in SPIN.com’s 2009 Reader’s Poll. Cast your vote HERE.

BLK JKS On NPR’s World Cafe

Today NPR’s World Cafe featured BLK JKS. Listen to the archived BLK JKS session on World Cafe’s website HERE to hear a set list that includes “Cursor,” “Molalatladi,” “Lakeside,” and “Skeleton.”

AUDIO

All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado

VIDEOS

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

Conversations by Woman's Hour

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