BLK JKS

Musicians

Having released one of the most important South African albums of the past few decades, the BLK JKS are riding high in local and international music circles. Their debut album, After Robots, received rave reviews in South Africa and abroad, with former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl declaring it his favourite album of 2009. With major tours in Europe and America behind them and a record deal with respected American independent label Secretly Canadian, the BLK JKS are on a roll. The group was formed a few years ago by guitarists Linda Buthelezi and Mpumi Mcata from Spruitview and it wasn't long before they had bassist Molefi Makananise and drummer Tshepang Ramoba from Soweto on board, to create the powerhouse four-piece. Four years of cracking live gigs on the local scene and a chance meeting with DJ Diplo led to them to American manager Knox Robinson. It didn't take long for the band to share their talent with the rest of the world. Impressive performances at taste-making festivals such as South by South West in Texas and Transmusicales in France led to signify cant international acclaim. Since December the BLK JKS have been back in South Africa, wowing local audiences and preparing for the release of their new EP in June. They were nominated for best album and best English alternative album at the 2010 South African Music Awards, taking home the latter. � Lloyd Gedye

Lunch spot: Akhalwaya's, Mayfair, Johannesburg