An award-winning group that performs indigenous South African music with a big twist will perform at a Powys venue next month.

BCUC: Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness are set bring their mix of indigenous funk, hiphop consciousness and punk rock energy from Soweto, South Africa to The Welfare in Ystradgynlais.

The performance will take place on Friday, March 15.

From humble beginnings, rehearsing in a shipping container a stone’s throw from the church where Desmond Tutu organised the escape of the most wanted anti-Apartheid activists of Soweto, BCUC have grown to become one of the world’s most celebrated bands, playing the biggest stages at some of the most important festivals in the world: Glastonbury West Holts, Roskilde,  Afropunk Brooklyn, Dour, Worldwide, Womad, Fusion, Sziget, FMM Sines, Beaches Brew, Boomtown, Colours of Ostrava, Couleur Café.

Having shaken up the South African music scene with a sound that mixes the ancient and the contemporary, this septet is headed for the Swansea Valley on March 15, following a gig at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach earlier that week.

Like its elders, Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness sees its music as a hedonistic trance, but also as a weapon of political and spiritual liberation. 2023 even saw them win the prestigious Womex Artist Award, an accolade usually reserved for much older artists, in recognition of their fearless work ethic and prodigiously transformational live shows.

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.

Singing in all 11 official languages of South 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.

Vocalist Kgomotso Mokone said: “We bring fun and emo-indigenous Afro psychedelic fire from the hood.”

Tickets for the band’s performance at The Welfare are now available from the venue’s website, in-person or by calling 01639 843163.