Popular Soweto band Urban Village are doing amazing things in the States.
They recently had a massive billboard of themselves in the famous Times Square in New York City.
The band, which is made up of Soweto natives Lerato Lichaba, Simangaliso Dlamini, Tubatsi Moloi and Xolani Mtshali blend folk, Zulu rock, Xhosa funk, mbaqanga, and maskandi.
This fusion of South African sounds has made them stand out from the crowd and given them an edge in the international market.
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Their sound,as they say is “steeped in the cultural consciousness of yesteryear, including the famous “ubuntu (common humanity)” and Pan Africanism dear to the leaders of the struggles; Winne & Nelson Mandela, Biko, Machel, Mathai, Nkrumah, and Lumumba…”
The Soweto Band release their highly anticipated debut album’ ‘Udondolo’ on 22 Jan 2021 to a global audience.
They received glowing reviews by multiple publications. This 12-track also features Msaki.
Udondolo was released on French label NØ FØRMAT and is a fusion of modern urban influences with traditional elements. It seeks to chronicle the life of average black South Africans while speaking directly to the country’s communities.
“Urban Village – The Documentary”
The band recently released visuals of a beautifully shot documentary that tells the story of their journey, growing up in Soweto and their musical inspiration.