“In the limbo left by kwaito’s premature death, a band of four young bucks hardly out of puberty is fiddling with electric instruments. They have no inkling that they will one day stride indie rock’n’roll capitals as Africa’s belated answers to The Clash, The Smiths, The Cure or whoever. In no time, they will be proclaimed the “beautiful ones” that rock’n’roll has been waiting for since The Doors’ demise or since Tricky blessed the sinful earth with Maxinquaye. But I’m jumping the gun.”
This is how Rolling Stone’s Bomgani Madondo composed the story of the Johannesburg rockstar band, BLK JKS whose band is made up of members Mpumelelo Mcata on the guitar and vocals, Molefi Makananise on the bass and vocals, Tshepang Ramoba with drums and vocals, Hlubi Vakalisa with his multi saxophone, keys and vocals and completing the band is Tebogo Seitei blowing his own trumpet, keys and on the vocals.
The SAMA Award winning group have quite the footprint outside of South Africa having landed a cover on of the most prevalent and important publication to pop culture, Fader Magazine in the United States of America and including having had the honour of sharing a musical relationship and history platinum selling and Grammy Award winning musician Alicia Keys and their track “Lakeside”, taken from their offering After Robots, featured on the soundtrack to the FIFA 10 video game.
There’s so much more to expect from this band and South Africa continues to raise the flag high on these exports.
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