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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.”

Stream the New EP by BLK JKS – ZOL! – at KCRW

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Click here to stream ZOL! at KCRW

I’ve got great news for World Cup attendees and BLK JKS fans!  First, KCRW is streaming the new BLK JKS EP, ZOL!, for free starting today.  If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the EP from us and receive an instant digital download.

Click here to pre-order ZOL!

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Second, we have news about the EP release concert in Johannesburg!  It’s going to be on June 11th in downtown Joberg at The Bassline.  KCRW’s Garth Trinidad and The Fader will both be there to host the party.

If you are heading to South Africa for the fun, please take pictures and please send them to us!  If we don’t get a picture of Alicia Keys rubbing elbows with BLK JKS for our mantels, we’ll probably cry.  No one likes sad record label employees – just sad music.

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

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
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

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival  w/ Jerusalem In My Heart

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