Blk Jks

2009-01-08 08:44
What do all these artists have in common you ask? Well, firstly they are true to themselves, their artistry and don’t conform to passé stereotypes. Secondly, they have pioneered their own sound that incorporates what most believe to be a genre for white folk only - rock music. If you still think rock music is just for white people, think again.

Blk Jks is giving Mzansi a fresh and sorely missing vibe in the local scene. A sound beyond any genre out there that is simply spellbinding and oblivious to seasonal musical fashions. But for those who’re still conditioned to putting things in boxes, their flow has a strong dose of rock with energetic guitar riffs and Linda Buthelezi’s (guitarist and lead vocalist) almost staccato and sometimes intense voice.

Refreshing jazzy urban Zulu rhythms and lyrics with a dash of mbaqanga make this limited edition EP quite a gem. There's five awesome tracks including the ghetto-fabulous “SK 1 (Skroef Kai One)” - tsotsi taal for “the man or the real makoya” - and the infectious “Lakeside” with African ululations. And the best is saved for last. “Umzabalazo” (Toy Toyi solider) is one Proudly South African toy toying anthem that you’ll be more willing to sing along to than JZ's “umshini wami.”

-Gugulethu Mkhabela
Jimi Hendrix did it, James Brown did it and Tina Turner is still doing it. Today we have mavericks such as Me’shell Ndegeocello, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Seal and Maxwell doing it. Now Mzansi’s BLK JKS is in the genre-breaking mix too.

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