BCUC

BCUC
Biography

« Des rythmes traditionnels Nguni et Tsonga, propulsés par une basse méchante et des voix entre soul et punk-rock, d’une intensité comme on n’en trouve plus dans la soul ni le punk-rock. » Les Inrocks

BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness).

Originaire de Soweto, ce groupe afro-psychédélique mélange rythmes ancestraux et expression moderne, teintée de rock ou de hip-hop, pour créer un son distinctif, si volontairement rebelle qu’il rebute toute étiquette. L’instrumentation du groupe évolue constamment au fil de leurs longs morceaux qui peuvent s’étendre jusqu’à 20 minutes : une basse terrienne, des percussions hypnotiques, des sifflets, des flûtes, soutiennent des voix fortes d’hommes et de femmes …Leurs messages concernent la réalité quotidienne en Afrique du Sud, le travail précaire, la corruption. Leur musique est aussi forte, confiante et intense que l’intention qui la motive.

BCUC is a band like no other: an afro-psychedelic seven-piece from Soweto playing ‘ancestral’ trance within a modern dialect of experimentation and expression. BCUC’s music is conscious and rebellious: they are making music that is so distinctly theirs, it is indeed difficult to reduce their sound and energy to words. Their sound is constantly evolving, yet with their characteristic use of percussion instruments, tambourines, whistles and flutes, male and female singing, BCUC tap into their ancestral spirits to make music that reflect their own identity, pride and resilience:  the group is very vocal about the harsh realities of many poor workers in South Africa, and their message is often political. BCUC’s sound is therefore at once fierce and confident. They do not follow any formulas, and it is this very rejection of the status quo that makes BCUC’s music so empowering – and quite frankly, the most exciting thing to come out of South Africa in a long time, confirming Soweto as the country’s Afropolitan hub of artistic creation and freedom.

Line up : Zithulele « Jovi » Zabani Nkosi (Lead Vocals, Mbomu), Kgomotso Neo Mokone (Backing Vocals, Tambourine, Shaker), Letlhogonolo Atlarelang Maphunye (Backing Vocals, Whistles, Nose-whislte and Cow Bell), Thabo Saul « Luja » Ngoepe (Backing Vocals, Raps and Bass Drum), Daniel Thabo « Cheex » Mangel (Congas), Ephraim Skhumbuzo Mahlangu (Bass Drum), Mosebetsi Jan Nzimande (Bass Guitar).