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BLK JKSincredibly talented band from South Africa
Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:36 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 05:35 AM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 06:29 PM
These guys are really good everyone should give them a chance
Last time we checked in with South African quartet BLK JKS was via the horn/vocal/guitar-heavy “Molalatladi” shortly before the release of After Robots. This new five-song ZOL! EP arrives around the same time of the World Cup’s arrival in the band’s Johannesburg hometown. Important, among other reasons, because we’re told the celebratory, upbeat, sunny “ZOL!” is a song about soccer. It doesn’t include any roaring guitar solos or psychedelic rock; instead, you get percussionist Tshepang Ramoba’s infectious vocals leading an “I can roll and shoot at the same time” call-and-response. It’s clearly a shift born out of genuine excitement.
ZOL! is out6/8 via Secretly Canadian. On 6/10 the band’s playing the FIFA World Cup Kickoff Celebration at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, where they’ll be sharing the stage with Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Shakira, Tinariwen, etc. So not a small show. More info at fifa.com. (Note, ZOL! is not all about soccer: Closer “Mzabalazo (Demo)” is an updated 1980s anti-apartheid protest chant. And things switch up stylistically — expect a dose of progressive rock, too.)
Posted 11 May 2010 - 07:27 PM
Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:07 PM
Release Date: June 8, 2010
5. Mzabalazo (Demo)
- After the release of their debut album After Robots, Johannesburg-based BLK JKS are ready to strike again with the release of their upcoming EP, Zol! on June 8, 2010 on Secretly Canadian.
- The album starts off with “Iietys,” a solid progressive rock number that will remind you of The Mars Volta.
- In “Bogobe,” the band becomes more experimental, giving an eerie touch before slowly evolving to space-rock throughout the rest of the track.
- The title-track “Zol!” showcases the band pimping themselves for the World Cup anthem, loaded with Kwaito, Afro-pop beat and choir chants.
“Bogobe,” “Zol!” and “Paradise”
Now that the world is shifting its direction towards South Africa and the FIFA World Cup, it seems like just the right time for the band to release this EP to complement the most celebrated sports event in the world.
Posted 12 May 2010 - 12:41 AM
Maybe they'll tour behind it, maybe a festival? Maybe Texas? Maybe ACL?? Or even Dallas???
Posted 12 May 2010 - 03:35 AM
Posted 12 May 2010 - 04:31 AM
If would be nice if more bands released eps in between albums.
I forgot to mention that you can download the song ZOL! for free, it isn't very representative of the album or the band though, just a cheery Kwaito/pop song about football.
Posted 12 May 2010 - 06:04 AM
ZOL! is so cool breezy
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