BLK JKS rocks the Rainbow

2010-06-01 00:00

BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks), the four-piece band from Gauteng, is set to rock the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown on June 3.

It’s the first time that the band, which emerged on the South African music scene a couple of years ago and then headed to north America, has performed live in Durban.

Rainbow spokesperson Neil Comfort said: “Ever since we got confirmation of the gig on May17, it has been a different sort of gig to tell people about.

“The young and young-at-heart immediately say things like ‘cool’ and ‘rad’ and ‘awesome’… [but] the Rainbow regulars have little knowledge of the band and its phenomenal rise in the global music scene.”

BLK JKS — whose members are Lindani Buthelezi on lead guitar, Mpumi Mcata on second guitar, Molefi Makananise on bass guitar and Tshepang Ramoba on drums — was one of the first South African acts to be booked for the controversy dogged World Cup opening concert in Soweto on June 10.

In January 2009 the band members landed in the United States for their second visit and to record their first full length album. The producer, Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines fame, was already a fan. The recording took place in Bloomington, Indiana, and the album that resulted, After Robots, was released in September last year on the Secretly Canadian label. The album went on to garner the band the South African Music Award (Sama) for best alternative album for 2009.

And just this month the group collaborated with Dutch DJ Tiesto at the Smirnoff Experience party staged in an aircraft hanger in Jozi and streamed live around the world.

BLK JKS’s new extended play (EP) CD, Zol! will hit the shelves on June 8 and according to the band’s record label it makes you want to go out and catch a football game.

Also performing at the Rainbow, at 23 Stanfield Lane, is Fruits and Veggies, who will get the party started at 9 pm. BLK JKS will be on stage at around 10 pm.

Tickets for the gig are R60 presale and R70 at the door. Inquiries: 031 702 9161 or 083 463 8044 or ­e-mail bandwagon@artslink.co.za

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