Event Preview: BLK JKS @ MOTH Club (London; Wednesday 22nd June 2022)
Considering the richness and diversity of the Jo’burg music scene, it’s not really the most effortless achievement to become one of its most influential acts.
Still, Soweto-based quartet BLK JKS, has not only grown into one of the most revered bands burgeoning from the Jozi musical landscape, but from the South African panorama at large and they have done it “casually” surviving a 12 year-hiatus too.
Formed in the early 2000s and having released a widely acclaimed debut album in 2009 (After Robots), the four musicians dedicated the following twelve years to other music experiences. But once they made their comeback, which happened last year with the publication of Abantu / Before Humans via Glitterbeat Records, they made great style bringing the sound of their city to a new dimension and enriching it with new meanings.
So much so, BLK JKS is recognised today as one of the most forward-looking African bands, with originality, musical ingenuity and vision to spare… Blending indie rock with post-punk, cosmic jazz with dub, Afrofuturism with kwaito, they shaped their very own BLK JKS sound, which is finally bringing them to tour Europe.
There’s arguably no need to highlight how attending one of their upcoming UK shows (dates below) is going to be a one-off experience. Not only because the last time they enthralled the British audience with their far-reaching sound was back in 2010, but also because it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to listen to something so diverse and original.
Check out the upcoming UK stopovers of BLK JKS' Euro Tour:
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