Ami Faku and Urban Village: Trailblazers in their own right

 The first instalment of Bassline Live features 2020 SAMA female artist of the year Ami Faku and Urban Village, a young quartet from Soweto that has been dubbed as the finest act to emerge from the post-Mandela era.

 A rare musical gem

Ami Faku’s music has enjoyed record sales, charted on various streaming platforms, and has featured in some of the biggest entertainment brands in the world. She debuted with a gold status album Imali, was Deezer’s most streamed female artist in South Africa in 2019, and the hit jam ‘Uwrongo’ with Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion even made it into Barak Obama’s playlist in 2020.

Heirs of a sprawling urban village

Urban Village is seen as making big strides to illuminate the black experience through music. They have used their mixed legacies that are quintessential to Soweto to create music that is steeped in the cultural consciousness of yesteryear and in the process have managed to not only carve out a unique place for themselves in the South African music landscape, but also export their rock, jazz and pop-infused sounds to the continent and the rest of the world.

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