Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: Rock
Online: Artist Website


BLK JKS are a South African indie rock band associated with the label Secretly Canadian. Founded in 2000 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the band is comprised of Lindani Buthelezi (guitar) and Mpumi Mcata (guitar), who grew up together in Johannesburg's East Rand, and Molefi Makananise (bass) and Tshepang Ramoba (drums), who are from Soweto. BLK JKS made their international recording debut in 2007 with a limited-edition 10" vinyl release of the single Lakeside. In 2008 the band was befriended by Diplo during a DJ tour of South Africa, and after he spread some positive word about them, BLK JKS were offered a recording contract with Secretly Canadian, one of America's premier indie rock labels. The band made its Secretly Canadian debut in 2009 with the four-track Mystery EP, which was recorded in collaboration with producer Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines and features a new version of "Lakeside." Around this time, BLK JKS became a media favorite, appearing on the cover of the trendsetting magazine Fader, and mounted tours of both the United States and Europe, including appearances at the South by Southwest and Big Chill festivals. [AMG Jason Birchmeier]