Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness
BCUC is a live music-performing band from Soweto, South Africa. Our music derives from a blend of genres across the ages. We draw inspiration from Indigenous music that is not exposed in the mainstream. We sing ritual songs, around the fire hood songs; shebeen songs, church songs and we infuse them with raps and a rock and roll attitude. We always aim for a timeless, honest and traditional/ ritualistic sound. The music should always resonate with the spirituality, the history and the future of the people.
The band is made out of 7 band members, Jovi (lead singer, percussions), Kgomotso (backing vocals, percussions), Hloni (raps, ad libs, percussions), Luja (raps, backing vocals, marching drum), Cheex (congas), Skhumbuzo (bass drum) and currently we are playing with a session bass guitarist, Mosebetsi.
As BCUC, we want to tell stories of where we are from, showing where we are and where we are headed. Our Indigenous Music is not trapped in the past. Instead our views embrace the now. We are influenced by what we see, hear and the global community. Bantu Music (Africa Ngungungu) is not constrained to where we are from instead it recognizes human connection regardless of geography, culture or social standing.
We are the now generation. We are relevant; we are “the man on the street’’.
It is music for the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, with the PEOPLE.
MA: Hello guys, how you doing today? Its a pleasure to be featuring you on our platform.. Before we get started, can you please introduce us to the two members of BCUC, tell us where in SA you guys come from and give us a short background on how/where you guys came together to create BCUC?
BCUC is made up of 6 people and featuring our bassist Mosebetsi, who is a session artist. It all started in 2003 when two friends met and had an impromptu jam session. Then they introduced each other to their friends and started a band.
MA: Can you give us a short background on the name BCUC?
Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness – Bantu is human beings. Continua is continue, Uhuru is freedom and Consciousness is what it is. So we are human beings continuing the freedom of consciousness.
MA: How would you describe your music in 5 words?
Epic. Ritualistic. Chants.
Afro-psychedelic. Africa Ngungungu.
MA: Where do you guys take inspiration from in your “sound”?
Traditional ceremonies, the blues, indigenous South African music.
MA: What have been some of your highlights thus far as a band?
We do not mark highlights because our music gives us hope and it heals us. If there is any highlight that would be every moment we are in stage.
MA: Best crowd that you have played for?
Etnosur 2014 Alca la Real (a festival in Spain).
MA: What are your thoughts on our local music scene at the moment and if there is anything you wish to see happen differently?
The music scene in South Africa is the source of the unity that we are beginning to experience as country. We wish that we can translate the openness and integration that we see at music festivals being replicated in our daily lives.
MA: Are there any local acts that you think need a special mention?
Sol Gems and Sol Gems lastly Sol Gems.
MA: You will be playing at one of the coolest festivals in SA, MIELIEPOP FESTIVAL.. Are you excited for this gig? What can we expect from your set at this years festival?
We are extremely excited about Mieliepop! Mieliepop is like a home that we wish everybody should experience.
MA: Anything that you guys are currently working on that we would be interested in hearing about?
We are playing outside the country a lot this year. Besides that our album had been received so well we recommend that ever human should have one.
MA: Where can we follow you on Social media?
We very active in Facebook but you can also find us on Instagram and Twitter.
** And a special shout out to Henk Van der Schyf!
Thank you for your time, we hope that you enjoyed the interview and the you get your tickets now, to experience the amazingness of the Mieliepop Festival!! Enjoy and good bye