Saturday 2 July 2022
Afro-psychedelic funk music from the rainbow nation

BCUC is an Afro-psychedelic seven-piece from Soweto, South Africa.

They mix the ancient and modern with a real sense of danger, matching bass and percussion against furious, chanting Zulu vocals.

The seven-piece band put out the debut album Our Truth in 2016. The songs are full of various kinds of percussion, whistles and flutes, which makes out a scarce and powerful sound canvas.

In 2019, they released the follow-up, The Healing. The band picked thethis title because they descend from tribes who use music as therapy. Forget all about conventional song structures. Here you will find waves of sound that ebb and flow like a storm, with violent passages dominated by angry, declamatory male vocals, suddenly giving way to a soothing, soulful female voice.

BCUC tap into their ancestral spirits to make music that reflect their own identity, pride and resilience. Their funky modulations extend over 20 minutes in a whirlwind of sound reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat.

The group is very vocal about the harsh realities of poor workers in South Africa, and their message is often political. The sound is both fierce, confident and empowering. Africa portrayed by BCUC is not poor at all, but rich in tradition, rituals and belief!

BCUC have played Roskilde Festival twice, in 2017 and 2018. In 2022, they return!

Check the Youtube clip below from Roskilde Festival 2017 and notice how BCUC manages to turn a full Roskilde crowd into believers.