In August 2013, having been inspired through travel and gaining experience throughout the years as a session guitarist, Lerato Lichaba founded the Urban Village. It is a musical motion of sound fused by urban and rural influences based on society’s daily survival, struggles and joys. The band is made up of young, self-taught and experiential artists from Soweto. The Urban Village sound can be described as South African indie folk music layered with electric, funky acoustic melodies and a blend of traditional influences. The music content encapsulates day-to-day personal and societal experiences echoed with teachings by the elderly.
Artistic self-expression through performances, rehearsals and studio recordings fuels the band. Their incredible interaction, improvisation and spontaneity during live performances goes to show just how skilled they are as musicians. The feedback and response from fellow musicians, industry players, veterans, radio personalities and fans alike has been overwhelmingly positive!