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BLK JKS

Biography


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.

Latest News


BLK JKS Featured in New Documentary from The Fader

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”… Read more »

Video: BLK JKS + Alicia Keys “Too Late for Mama”

Behold!  Streaming video of the BLK JKS collaboration with Alicia Keys now exists on the internet.  The entire office was glued to my computer screen when this super surreal performance happened live last week at the World Cup Kickoff Celebration.  They performed the famous South African song by the late pop diva Brenda Fassie –… Read more »