South Africa
Jazz Funk Rock African

A stone’s throw from the church where Desmond Tutu organised the escape of the most wanted anti-Apartheid activists of Soweto, BCUC rehearses in a shipping container-turned-community restaurant, where their indomitable outspokenness echoes in a whole new way. Like its elders, Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness sees its music as a hedonistic trance, but also as a weapon of political and spiritual liberation.

The seven-piece band has been mesmerising audiences both locally and globally with its indigenous funk and high-energy performances that have fast made it one of South Africa’s most successful musical exports. Artistic heirs to Philip “Malombo” Tabane and Batsumi, they give contemporary voice to the ancestral traditions of indigenous peoples. Jazz sounds of 1970s and ‘80s productions replaced by hip-hop influences and punk-rock energy, taking the listener on an intriguing epic journey, sharing their controversial yet interesting views on modern Africa. They tackle the harsh realities of the voiceless, especially the plight of the uneducated workers at the bottom of the social food chain. BCUC taps into the elusiveness of the spirit world of ancestors by which they are inspired. The Africa portrayed by BCUC is not poor, but rich in tradition, rituals and beliefs.

“We bring fun and emo-indigenous Afro psychedelic fire from the hood,” says vocalist Kgomotso Mokone.

2017-2019 were incredible, seeing them collaborate with legends like  Femi Kuti and Saul Williams and play the cream of European festivals including Glastonbury (West Holts), Roskilde, Dour, Worldwide, Womad, Fusion, Sziget, FMM Sines, Beaches Brew, Boomtown, Colours of Ostrava, Couleur Café.


05.07.2024 DE-Rudolstadt Rudolstadt Festival
  • BCUC | Live at WOMEX 23 Awards
    BCUC | Live at WOMEX 23 Awards
  • BCUC - Teaser Live 2022
    BCUC - Teaser Live 2022
  • BCUC - Yinde (Glastonbury 2019)
    BCUC - Yinde (Glastonbury 2019)
  • BCUC   'Nobody Knows' official video
    BCUC 'Nobody Knows' official video
  • BCUC 'Moya' at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.
    BCUC 'Moya' at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.
"This year’s most exhilarating newcomers."
The Guardian, 12.28.2018
"They were, without a doubt, the best thing I saw live in 2017." Gilles Peterson
“Loved their set, it was one of my highlights of a great weekend” – Nick Dewey, Glastonbury Festival
"[...] there really is no easy way to file this music. It's ancient. It's cosmic. It's transcendent. It's indigenous. It's punk. It is music for the people, by the people, with the people."
"Millions of Us might just be the most powerful reminder you will get this year that music really can set your mind free."
"With two decades worth of experience playing in their own lane, at a level of intensity few groups can match, it feels as if BCUC are well on their way to becoming a “legendary band” by virtue of their irrepressible live energy. "
CRACK, 09.18.2023
Millions of Us
Millions of Us
On The Corner
The Healing
The Healing
Buda Musique
Buda Musique
Our Truth
Our Truth
Nyami Nyami records
Line up
7 musicians + 1-2 crew

Jovi - lead vocal

Hloni - backing vocal

Kgomotso - backing vocal

Luja - bass drum/ backing vocal

Skhumbuzo - marching/ bass drum

Thabo - congas

Mosebetsi - bass guitar



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