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Listen to BLK JKS’ New Single Featuring Morena Leraba

BLK JKS team up with Morena Leraba in new single from the band's upcoming album.

Ten years since the release of their 2009 debut album After Robots, the alternative South African band BLK JKS release a single to their upcoming album. "Harare" features Lesotho artist Morena Leraba whose music is highly inspired by the Lesotho genre famo.


"Harare" is an atlas of genres including rock, folk, electronic and of course famo, among others.

Morena Leraba recently told the Mail & Guardian about the song's lyrics:

"The lyrics came naturally. The whole migration thing, people tell you what they go through working in South Africa without proper documentation. It's a big topic in the famo scene."

The song started taking shape in 2011. The band's drummer Tshepang Ramoba shared with the newspaper that the song was inspired by a performance the group delivered in Harare, Zimbabwe. The drummer recalls the Harare crowd braving the rain during their set on the day.

Ramoba met Leraba in 2017 and a recording session they had led to the lyrics of "Harare."

BLK JKS released their debut album After Robots in 2009. In 2019, the band is releasing a new album titled Abantu: Before Humans and "Harare" is the project's first single.

Stream "Harare" below:




Harare www.youtube.com

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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