Soweto’s BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) find the funky side of sorrow on new video “Nobody Knows” from forthcoming album Emakhosini

Soweto's BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) find the funky side of sorrow on new video "Nobody Knows" from forthcoming album Emakhosini
Photo: Jeanne Abrahams

Time to tell your troubles and sorrows to step the F OFF, kids. Because the joyous free jazz/funk rock South African septet Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (a.k.a. BCUC — “B-Cook” to their friends…”B-Fucking Careful” to their enemies!) have announced a new album on the way called Emakhosini. It’s out April 6 via the Buda Musique label, and in advance of its release, they have shared audio and a video for “Nobody Knows.” Now you know.

“Nobody Knows,” a loose, three-minute adaptation of the American spiritual of the same name, is an outlier on Emakhosini, which otherwise comprises two much longer afro-psych workouts rife with the group’s “controversial yet interesting views on modern Africa.” But by no means does the track’s recognizable melodies and briefer running time that make its inclusion a toss-off: “The song and the video are talking about the resilience that we need to have in these hard times (politically),” BCUC singer Jovi said in a statement. We already have been through the hardest times and we can’t give up now. We can’t be busy attacking each other, we need to keep the eyes on the ball.”

I’m with Jovi! Are you with Jovi? If you are, GREAT: you can watch the video for “Nobody Knows” down below, and then check out the album art and tracklisting down below that. (Uh, and if you’re not with Jovi…what the heck are you even doing here? Get off our nice website!)

Emakhosini tracklist:

01. Moya
02. Insimbi
03. Nobody Knows

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