Five minutes with Urban Village

UNOSHAMISA CHIRADZA

Urban Village is a local band with traditional folk influences. They are one of 15 acts to perform at the Capital Craft Beer Festival

 

What can people who have never heard your music expect from you when you perform at the Capital Craft Beer Festival?

They can expect to be in a psychedelic journey and intertrips... where the music will make them travel and still get an energetic and full-of-synergy performance.

 

You describe yourself as self-taught in music. How does that work to your advantage?

That has worked to our advantage because it has made us push the boundaries of our music. It has helped us establish a signature sound, a very different and distinct – I dare say a weird – and unique interpretation of how we view music outside of being institutionalised and mundane.

 

Your use of traditional influences in your music sets you apart from other South African folk bands. What can fans expect in the near future from Urban Village?

We intend to even further recognise and commemorate the traditional legends that are celebrated yet they have done amazing work to further the use of industrial unorthodox instruments, [integrate] the more Village-like traditional instruments, and lastly mixing it with the high tech gadgets which enable the music to transcend time and [make] it futuristic.

 

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