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When you have never known you’re the village of origin, how do you find your roots? 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.
Soweto, with its million inhabitants, is a city in the city where the black populations from all the South African provinces were penned by apartheid. Attracted by “the city of gold” (Egoli, the Zulu name for Johannesburg), they came to dig the belly of the earth on behalf of the big companies, and formed the first urban proletariat in Africa. Everyone took pieces of their village, their music and rites to this new town, this new home and from this friction, an original culture was born, that which made Soweto a sprawling urban village. Whilst, others are still digging for that precious metal, the four companions of Urban Village have decided to dig up these mixed legacies of which they are the heirs and share them through music.