Heatseekers: Rising SA Stars to look out for in 2008!

2008-03-04 07:51
BLK JKS that’s who! If you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years you better wake up and recognize. These motherland rockers are about to explode! The band has been around since 2003 in various forms but the current members Linda Buthelezi (guitar and lead vocals), Mpumi Mcata (guitar), Molefi Makananise (bass) and Tshepang Ramoba (drums) have been solid for the past three years. They’re currently finishing off their debut LP After Robots Stateside where they’re currently touring. These brothers are bringing motherland rock back to its roots and emancipating Mzansi minds from mainstream sounds.

The world is already catching on as they are currently gracing the cover of the March edition of America’s Fader magazine’s Africa Issue. These cool Jozi jam rockers are not about colour or creed. These dudes are just about the music. None of that ‘Rainbow Nation’ nonsense and making believe you can fly crap. It’s all about the music and interlacing different styles, sounds and influences to create a highly contagious urban Zulu, blues, mbaqanga and funkdafied rock vibe. Their self produced and released debut single, Lakeside is the track that caught Fader’s attention and urged them to hunt out these cool Jozi cats.

In addition to that, “Lakeside” is crushing in Japan. According to their website blkjks.blogspot.com, they have Japanese press all excited and recorded a song for a Japan-only limited edition 7in record.

“We could either implode, explode…or give the continent super powers” they say. Well we say, watch this space!

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More Rising stars to look out for: Sweat X
Sweat X, also featured in Fader’s Africa Issue is another band to look out for in 2008. The crazy duo of Spoek Mathambo and Markus Wormstrom are currently on tour in Europe.

Ofentse Mokhuane
Soul Amalgamator, Ofentse is going to be dropping his album next month and will be performing with R&B crooner Loyiso during the Brian Mcknight’s Love tour in Mzansi in March.

Twelve-old violin superstar In-Cha is already making waves, with her fresh and unique sound. With artists like HHP, Danny K and R&B singer Jae featured on her debut album Violin Superstar, she’s set to make some noise this year.

-Gugulethu Mkhabela

Lira was the ish in 2007 and it was also Jabba aka HHP’s year! Question is who is going to be shining on whose shine in 2008? Who is already leaping to the forefront and making waves from Mzansi to Japan in 2 thousand and GREAT?

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