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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.

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

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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

BLK JKS Featured in New Documentary from The Fader

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The talented editorial staff at The Fader was down in South Africa during the beginning of the World Cup, and they’ve been working on a terrific film series called Pitch Perfect.  The 7th episode follows BLK JKS home to SA and includes footage of their EP release show at Bassline.  Mpumi Mcata’s speech about “MZABALAZO” and their performance at the World Cup is incredibly inspiring.

“The country wrote a song; the people wrote a song.”

BLK JKS Play Soccer & Acoustic Set at Grassroot Soccer Camp in Cape Town

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BLK JKS already wooed the whole world with their musical talent at the World Cup Opening Ceremony performance with Alica Keys last week, but they didn’t stop there. Over the weekend they got some field time of their own playing soccer with local teens at the first day of a week long soccer camp in Cape Town, SA. The band also performed an acoustic set during the camp’s pre-registration, along with their fellow South African artist HHP.

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(RED) and Grassroot Soccer are hosting the soccer & education program for 100 local youth ages 12-16 in the Khayaletisa township in Cape Town this week. Both organizations work in the fight against AIDS— (RED) raises funds to buy medicine for those battling the disease, and Grassrot Soccer is an HIV/AIDS education program that uses soccer to fight HIV. The camp is hosted by Ethan Zohn, founder of Grassroot Soccer and former professional soccer player. This Skillz Holiday Program is one of more than 40 programs Grassroot Soccer has hosted throughout South Africa during the World Cup.

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BLK JKS in Africa – Festival Dates and More

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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.

AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
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

VIDEOS

Sunspot by Suuns

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

COMING SOON

Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP
Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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