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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

Photography by Andile Buka.

5 South African Photo Books to Check Out

Here are some South African photo books on apartheid, jazz and Black life to familiarise yourself with.

While image-making, along with image archiving, have taken different forms over the years — advancing in tandem with photography's multiple technological advancements particularly in recent times — the idea of a compilation of images is one that is hard not to romanticise.

Photo books are cool. They look dope on the coffee table, they inspire curiosity, and they are reliable records of memory. They also make for great collector's items; and this is why we wiped the flimsy dust setting on some of our favourite photo books to get you started — should you be interested in finding and/or adding more.

This is but a cursory list of photo books from my own collection, directed mainly at the curious. For a thorough rundown of the history of photobooks in South Africa, have a look at the SAHO website's

Timeline of South African Photographic Books and Exhibitions

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