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.”
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.
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.
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.