NO FORMAT! presents URBAN VILLAGE
Akum Agency and Nø Førmat records present Urban Village
Nø Førmat, is a French record label representing some of the most exciting contemporary sounds from West Africa, Europe and Latin America. For their first release of a Southern African artist, they have chosen Soweto’s finest Urban Village, who are often referred to as one of the hardest working bands in South Africa - they have played over 100 shows over the past two years including Oppikoppi, Basha Uhuru, Afropunk Johannesburg and Design Indaba
Urban Village music encourages and motivates, entertains, and awakens cultural and traditional consciousness; it encapsulates day-to-day personal and societal experiences echoed with teachings by the elderly, bringing us back, not to be regressive but to take us back to a point where our identity reflects us and our stories. Their sound can be described as a blend of folk music, Zulu rock, Xhosa funk, mbaqanga, maskandi layered with electric and funky acoustic melodies clearly rooted in South Africa.
Urban Village consists of young experiential artists from Soweto, Johannesburg: Lerato Lichaba on Guitar/Vocals, who has toured extensively with the legendary Madala Kunene as part of Forest Jam Orchestra, multi-instrumentalist Tubatsi Mpho Moloi on flute, guitar and Mbira who was an actor/dancer in the renowned musical production Umoja, Xolani “Cush” Mtshali on drums and Simangaliso “Smash” Dlamini on bass.
Urban Village have been writing and composing new songs for their debut album with Nø Førmat and they are excited to be bringing them to Johannesburg’s new favourite venue Untitle Basement on Friday 8thMarch 2019, alongside some of your favourite jams.