“PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT SOUTH AFRICAN ALBUM TO HAVE APPEARED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS.”

Picture 15THIS JUST IN FROM JOHANNESBURG MAIL & GUARDIAN:

INSANE / INSANE / INSANE / INSANE / INSANE / INSANE / INSANE

BLACK MOON RISING by LLOYD GEDYE

Some things are worth waiting for: It may have taken the BLK JKS four years to deliver their debut album, but After Robots (scheduled for release on September 1 on Just Music) is probably the most important South African album to have appeared in the past 20 years.

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FULL STORY HERE

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Too challenging to easily understand, too bombastic to ignore, the BLK JKS demanded attention, but the majority of South Africans remained blissfully unaware.

For the most part the BLK JKS were like a cultural oddity, which if ignored for long enough, would quietly disappear. The BLK JKS’s story could have ended there, like so many before them, but they got out, got noticed and got signed.

Now, courtesy of the label Secretly Canadian, we have the debut album, After Robots, which is going to take South African music to places it’s never been before.
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SLIDESHOW

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QUOTABLE:

When I ask the band if they ever get a sense that they may be kicking down doors for other South African bands to walk through, Buthelezi pipes up: “Personally, we’ve had to kick down several doors for ourselves. As for who put them back up, I don’t know, man.”

The band members laugh. “Maybe we should do away with the guy who keeps putting the doors back up,” says Makananise.

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