Urban Village Experience at the Mangrove

Sat Mar 6, 16:00 - Sat Mar 6, 22:00


Mangrove Presents a night with Urban Village

Villagers! We are excited to be screening our documentary on Saturday 6th of March at Mangrove in Braamfontein.

Following the screening of the documentary the band will discuss key themes which are covered in their music: xenophobia (Inkani), Fatherhood (ubaba), identity (Dindi) and building a nation (Sakhisizwe).

Urban Village will also perform an acoustic set after the screening.

Doors - 17:00

Documentary Screening & Q&A: 17:30

Acoustic Set - 19:00

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Urban Village


When you have never known your village of origin, how do you find your roots?

That's a question that the number of urban youth populating the suburbs of large cities are preparing sooner or later. In South Africa, high-speed urbanization that began over a century ago continues, with rural people continuing to fertilize the city, mixing with it to fuel a quirky urban culture.

For the four musicians of Urban Village, who have known only their gigantic township of Soweto, these traditional roots hidden by buildings and concrete are the source of their music. And well beyond, their quest for an identity that would reconcile the past and the present, to invent a future that corresponds to them. Xolani, Simangaliso, Lerato and Tubatsi take us, to the sound of their music, in search of these roots, their history, and the hectic daily life that makes Soweto a broth of life and culture.

Director: Vlad Cagnolari

DOP: Julien Borel

Production: Oleo Films

Executive Production: Nø Førmat!

With the support of CNC

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Urban Village

'Udondolo' LP Reviews

“The finest South African album to come along in a long time" – Sunday Times

"Capturing a shared rhythm that is carried across borders and states" – Loud & Quiet

"This young quartet from Soweto may just be the finest act to emerge from the post-Mandela era" – Uncut

"Urban Village are about heritage, union and dreams of a utopic hereafter, a village that is theirs, ours and everybody". - Songlines

"Udondolo — a love song to Soweto" - The Financial Times

"Udondolo, an electronic-tinged take on maskandi folk music" - The Guardian

Stream/Download : https://idol.lnk.to/udondolo

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Urban Village Experience at the Mangrove
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