One of South Africa’s most distinct and unique rock acts has just launched a fairly spectacular competition aimed at giving one talented young male vocalist the once in a lifetime experience and opportunity of being part of the SAMA winning BLK JKS. If you’re the lucky soul that manages to win the competition you’ll get the chance to join them on stage to sing one song, performing in front of thousands of fans in Johannesburg on the 13th of December when the BLK JKS raise the curtains for the Grammy Award winning Foo Fighters at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto.
Each BLK JKS TLNT QST applicant must record a clip no longer than 30 seconds of themselves singing their favourite BLK JKS song (strongly advised) or whatever they feel best shows off their vocal talent and send it through to 079 269 3783, or alternatively upload it directly to blkjks.co.za (videos will be kept private up until the Top 20).
The public will then get to vote for their Top 10 contestants and the top 3 will receive prizes for leading the BLK JKS to the star they are looking for. Submissions will close on Monday, 17 November and the final decision on the winner will be announced on Monday 1 December.
Dubbed the original afro-futurists and true signatories to the essence of their generation, the BLK JKS, who are now five members strong, formed in the early 2000’s as a three man act and soon found themselves travelling the globe playing festivals and collaborating and jamming with artists of the highest calibre such as Alicia Keys, The Roots, Tiesto and Vieux Farka Toure to name just a few.
Having already landed the cover of the taste making New York based FADER Magazine whilst still in Jozi, they soon found themselves playing festivals like SXSW and living in New York where they independently recorded their “Mystery EP” at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio’s. Almost inevitably thereafter they were then signed. The American record label Secretly Canadian released their debut album “After Robots” in 2009.
Years later, they find themselves about to embark on the golden second chapter of their epic story – an African tour. As they work on a brand new album and the reinvention of their sound, being the opening act for the legendary Foo Fighters on the South Africa leg of their World Tour couldn’t have happened at a better time. Witnessing this, let alone jumping on stage with them on that night, promises to be a poignant moment in South African rock history
Who will be The One?