The March edition of Sounds of Soweto – in conjunction with the Soweto Theatre – is going to be explosive when SAMA award winning South African post rock band BLK JKS take to the stage on Friday, 31 March.
Doors open at 18:30 and the show starts at 20:00. Tickets are R130 and are available through www.sowetotheatre.com, by calling 0861 670 670 or via Webtickets. For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on 011 930 7461/2/3. Special pension discounts are available.
BLK JKS (pronounced “black jacks”) defy description. With a wrecking crew rhythm section, debonair vocals, and guitar concoction of one part shred and two parts soul, BLK JKS shoot an African music sensibility through the tenets of rock. The band’s fresh, forward rhythm, layered harmony and elliptical guitar vernacular reveal the urban Zulu blues of Mbaqanga that is the center of BLK JKS songwriting.
Teaching themselves guitar on the same block where they both grew up, childhood friends Linda Buthelezi and Mpumi Mcata formed the band in 2000, and early BLK JKS shows garnered attention for their stacks of guitar drone and head-nodding beats. After the band’s current lineup took shape with the addition of bassist Molefi Makananise and drummer Tshepang Ramoba, both of Soweto, they embarked on a heavy touring schedule throughout South Africa that earned them a national following.
Signed to Secretly Canadian, one of America’s premier indie rock labels, BLK JKS have graced the cover of the trendsetting magazine FADER, and mounted tours of both the United States and Europe, including appearances at the enormous Rock al Parque festival in Bogota, Colombia, the South by Southwest and Big Chill festivals to mention a few.
Sounds of Soweto – which occurs on the last Friday of the month – is an opportunity for the theatre to celebrate music legends of yesterday while also discovering the musical voices of tomorrow that will be born of this historic township. The platform showcases bands that either come from Soweto or have a close relationship with Soweto in terms of their musical journey. For this event, Soweto Theatre has partnered with His and Hers Jams – a multimedia platform that focuses on artists that have been overlooked by the mainstream media but have a huge support in the alternative youth culture Space.
The event forms part of a partnership between Sounds of Soweto and the J&B Hive Johannesburg – which came about through an open call in November 2016 to help entrepreneurs to either turn their revolutionary idea into a reality or to take their existing business to the next level. Over 400 applications from various disciplines were received and after a rigorous selection process, Sounds of Soweto was among the region’s brilliant business minds that were chosen to become a part of the ever-growing J&B Hive Johannesburg community.
Don’t miss Sounds of Soweto with BLK JKS on Friday, 31 March at the Soweto Theatre. Doors open at 18:30 and the show starts at 20:00.
Sounds of Soweto is supported by J&B Hive, Arts and Culture Trust, Nedbank Arts Affinity and Nine Nine Production.
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About His and Hers Jams
32-year-old Ngoako Mailula, 33-year-old Tshidiso Setshogwe, and 34-year-old Letsoinyane Mophethe are the co-founders of His and Hers Jams. These three Soweto natives are dedicated to preserving arts in their community, and to provide a platform for musicians by hosting monthly shows, putting live music under the spotlight every last Sunday of each month. As their business keeps growing the three entrepreneurs are working on a new project called Sounds of Soweto. Pairing up with the Soweto Theater on this adventure, they plan to turn Sounds of Soweto into one of the flagship events in Soweto and in greater Gauteng.
About The Hive Johannesburg
The J&B Hive is a community of entrepreneurs and creatives in Johannesburg, bringing truly revolutionary pieces of work into the world. The J&B Hive belongs to game-changers; whether it is an inventive new product, pervasively untapped sales channels, and projects with the potential to massively impact communities or films and photography that tell your story the way you want it to be told. The J&B Hive community is built to make these revolutions happen. Located in the centre of Braamfontein (100 Juta Street), the J&B Hive was founded by, and is now run by Independents United (innovation specialists), Creative Nestlings (a network of young Africans creatives), Black Nation Media Group (digital media and content strategists), and J&B whisky (a whisky which has always had an entrepreneurial spirit).
About Independents United
Independents United was born as a network of diverse entrepreneurs, working together for 10 years to make revolutions happen. A leader in the corporate-startup partnership space, they actively seek out and invest in innovative leaders, startups and companies with a clear purpose and mission to shape change in a rapidly evolving world.
About Creative Nestlings
Creative Nestlings is an award-winning young African creative network and innovation studio that connects and nurtures young African creatives. With an ethos focused on nurturing a curious, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set they have forged strong relationships with young creatives, corporates, government agencies and regional bodies to harness the under-utilised social and economic value of creativity.
About Black Nation Media Group
Blacknation is a digital media and content strategy start-up with a focus on establishing brands, digital or traditional media platforms and content with long-lasting impact. Their vision is to become a voice that resonates with the Pan African youth across the globe. Media platforms include Blacknation Digital, Blacknation Magazine and Blacknation Television.
About J&B Whisky
J&B’s tale is one that is forever challenging convention; its history is rooted in romantic ambition and entrepreneurial innovation. J&B’s reputation of doing things its own way inspired its style, built an empire and immortalised its pioneers. J&B has almost always been in the hands of people ready to do things different. Now, centuries later, it’s time to invest in others who share the same spirit.