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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.”

BLK JKS to Perform With Alicia Keys at the World Cup! ZOL! Out Today!

Do you guys know how hard it was not to talk about this?  HINT: REALLY HARD.

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BLK JKS and Alicia Keys will be performing on stage at the FIFA World Cup Kick Off Celebration Concert.  Together they will sing “Too Late For Mama” by South African legend, the late Brenda Fassie.  Fassie was an unapologetic champion of life in the townships, and her controversial lifestyle made her a people’s champion as well. She was called “The Madonna of the Townships” by Time Magazine in 2001, 3 years before her untimely death in 2004.

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There are a few different ways that U.S. fans can watch the concert:
-June 10th: Live on ESPN 2 at 2pm EST/8pm South Africa Standand Time
-June 10th: Online live streaming and exclusively on demand afterwards at Vevo
-June 11th: A specially produced highlight presentation of the concert 8pm EST on ABC

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Then, of course, there is the CD release show.  I’ve already talked about that a bunch, so here is something new: You can now stream ZOL! at both Spinner and KCRW!

Or you can go to the record store and buy it because today is release day.  Happy ZOL! day, everybody.

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.

ZOL! by BLK JKS Now Available For Pre-Order

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Secretly Canadian is releasing the new EP by BLK JKS, ZOL! on June 8th.  Pre-order it now and you receive an instant download of the EP.  The first 50 people to pre-order it will receive a vial of volcanic ash that prevented BLK JKS from receiving their South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album.*

Click here to Pre-Order ZOL! by BLK JKS

Have you not heard the title song, “ZOL”?  It’s so good.  I know that’s not very descriptive, and I hate to use the word “anthemic,” but it’s pretty seriously anthemic and also so wonderfully South African.  This song makes me want to watch a futbol match RIGHT NOW.  Click here to download “ZOL!”

*this is a funny joke, but the instant download is not a joke.

“ZOL!” by BLK JKS is here!

Today we released the title track of the upcoming EP by BLK JKS, “ZOL!”

DOWNLOAD “ZOL!” HERE

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“ZOL!” is a grassroots street anthem filtered through BLK JKS’ unmistakable and ever expanding sound. With a crazy head-bobbing kwaito beat and bassline, as lyrical guitar work takes the party higher, “ZOL!” finds BLK JKS hosting a house party for the planet. Percussionist Tshepang Ramoba takes the lead on vocals here as the guys back him up with call-and-response and polyrhythmic claps, raucously proclaiming “I can roll and shoot at the same time.”

This will get you pumped up for the World Cup, trust me.

The ZOL! EP will be released on June 8th in North America.

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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