Mpumelelo Mcata

OneBeat 2013 Fellow

Guitarist

Johannesburg, South Africa

Mpumelelo Mcata (Mpumi) is a member of one of the most innovative bands South Africa has seen this generation, BLK JKS. They have become known for their individuality and open approach to music and cultural identity. Born in Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay, Mpumi attended primary and high school in Johannesburg. He passed on the option of institutionalized tertiary education for what he felt would be a much more meaningful experience: learning through touring the world with his own African post-rock band. Following international tours and some critical acclaim, Mpumi has begun directing music videos and also a documentary film about Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai.