BLK JKS: From South Africa to Brooklyn, With Love


Sunday, April 27th was Freedom Day: a South African holiday that commemorates the first post-apartheid democratic election held in 1994 in the racially-torn nation.
To celebrate such a historical occasion, Harriet’s Alter Ego hosted a Freedom Day Celebration that featured South African band BLK JKS [pronounced Black Jacks]. While attendees anxiously waited for the main event, they shopped for clothes and handmade accessories and sampled traditional South African food and beverages courtesy of Madiba Restaurant.
When the clock struck 8, Harriet’s was filled to capacity with attendees spilling out onto Flatbush Avenue. Although many onlookers were forced to watch from the storefront, the glass between themselves and BLK JKS was negligible. Hardcore fans and curious bystanders alike jumped, swayed and sang along to tracks from the group’s upcoming After Robots album including Molalathladi” and their international hit debut single “Lakeside.”

Citing musical geniuses Jimi Hendrix, Peter Tosh and Led Zeppelin as influences, BLK JKS’ musical repertoire is a true hybrid. No one genre of music describes BLK JKS unique sound – which adds to their far-reaching appeal. While the electric guitar chords remind us of typical rock, their incorporation of languid vocals and African drums provide a soothing melody of sorts.
BLK JKS is definitely a group to watch and they are the cover-feature for Fader Magazine’s Africa Issue 52 (March).
For more BLK JKS info, visit: BLK JKS Myspace BLK JKS Blog

*Written by Melanie O. for

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BLK JKS “Lakeside” Performance
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  1. Great to see everyone rocking to the beat.

    Ooo Afrika

  2. Stefan Naude says:

    Hola im St(e)ak who does the BLK JKS blogspot. cheers this write up is really cool. I wish i was there with them… keep in touch.

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