BLK JKS

BLK JKS defy description. With a wrecking crew rhythm section, debonair vocals, and guitar concoction of one part shred and two parts soul, BLK JKS shoot an African music sensibility through the tenets of rock. On one hand it is easy to politicize BLK JKS; as seen on the cover of Fader, here is a band that is instantly young, black and fly even as they reclaim styles that have been stolen, watered down, and regurgitated for generations. And yet to get caught up in anything but their sound is to sell this phenomenon short, because as musicians--as artists--BLK JKS simply cook.

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.”

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