I got light criticism last week for writing a completely smitten review about the Tallest Man on Earth. It was not my best writing, its true. Spelling errors and there was no organisation, I wrote as I felt which is ok with me.  I write to express something, I think that my man-crush on Kristian Matsson was put across as I felt it.

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I am going to do the same thing today.

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I went to go watch the Blk Jks on Friday night. I have been hearing a fair amount of criticism of them recently so was slightly hesitant. I heard they were going through the motions on stage and that the passion they once displayed on stage was missing. Thats what I heard ... but not what I saw on friday. I experienced something closer to a "I was there when the Blk Jks started playing their new shit, where were you?" 

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They have been compared favourably with a variety of post rock bands like Pink Floyd and the like. They, I feel, have finally done away with that comparison and created something that can no longer be called the African Pink Floyd. They are now an entity completely to themselves, a journey of joy and light and lust on stage. It was a rebirth of apocalyptic proportions. I am so glad to have experienced this. Linda on stage (and I will make a comparison here, purely because of how he was dressed) looking like Billy Corgan did in the latter stages of his career when he wore a black leather and cotton flowing dress. He was wearing what can be best described as a long shiny pvc dress. It fucking rocked, he looked every bit the rock god that he is.

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Tshepang was magnificent behind the drums, barechested and sweaty. Singing back up and sometime lead with power and heart. Smashing the drum kit and then rapidly descending into a Jazz dischord lightly tapping his cymbals with a delicate hand.

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Molefi smiling at each and every member of the band as his bass kept everyone in control and in time, I have rarely seen a musician that happy on stage.

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Mpumi. Have you seen a man bounce up and down on stage whilst playing sick sick riffs? I have.

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So when someone comes to you and says that the Blk Jks have lost their magic. Tell them they are lying and need to see them again.

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I know where I was when I heard the Blk Jks play their new shit, where were you?

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PS: my deepest apologies to Shadowclub for not seeing them play, I was trapped outside.

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Photograph taken on the Nikon D300S

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Comment by Beth Seagal on February 20, 2012 at 9:10

The way you write is honest! I love this, shows integrity and one gets the full experience as you write. Thank you. I live in PE, if they travel here I will go see them. In fact will look at Youtube for a clip or 2. My point is you have created a fan and I have never heard them:)

Comment by Jozi Review on February 20, 2012 at 9:19

Many thanks Beth. Do go see them.

 

Here are some great Youtube links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p39dhBLK1U

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oUI02eK3SM

 

the second one was shot at the venue I went to watch them at for this review, though its pretty old.

Comment by Beth Seagal on February 20, 2012 at 9:30

Thank you...their beat is awesome. Lakeside is brilliant.

Comment by Everything She Loves on February 20, 2012 at 18:16

Love your posts Jozi! keep them coming:)

Comment by Jozi Review on February 20, 2012 at 18:57
Thank you Everything
Comment by Danielle on February 21, 2012 at 19:20

Is that Usher?

Comment by Jozi Review on February 21, 2012 at 19:24
Um ... No! And Usher wishes it was him.
Comment by Socratis Avgitidis on February 21, 2012 at 19:36

LOL!

Comment by Danielle on February 21, 2012 at 19:46

lol, i thought it was him. My bad

Comment by Jozi Review on February 21, 2012 at 19:49
I mean ... You read the review?

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