Lerato Lichaba

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Lerato Lichaba is a self-taught guitarist, composer, producer, arranger, and all-round conceptualist. He is the founder of the prolific Soweto ensemble, Urban Village signed to Parisian label, NoFormat, and non-profit creative hub, House of Kuumba.

His music style is inspired by his life experiences and how different cultures and traditions blend in the language of his music.

Lerato’s brainchild band Urban Village has released their album, Udondolo in January 2021. The band independently released its sought after six-track EP, Bantu Art.


Lerato Lichaba House of Kuumba

Mamodise Mailula

Co-Founder and Cultural Worker

Mamodise has been working in the non-profit sector since her high school days. She brings with her over ten years of NGO experience having worked with various organisations and marginalized communities including children, youth, women, faith, and society and in the last eight years in the music sector.

She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice from Henley Business School and a Honours in Community and Development studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Her passion for development has seen her work on youth and work readiness programmes as a volunteer Programme Director.

She is passionate about documenting African culture and heritage as well as equipping artists with business and personal mastery skills so they can thrive in their careers. In 2016, she registered and administered the Forest Jam Southern Africa NPO, a music organisation led by legendary M.E.L.T 2000 record label Founder Robert Trunz.

Forest Jam facilitated intercultural and cross-border music and concert tours. She also enjoys photography, travelling and playing vinyl records.

Xolani Mtshali

Board Member

Xolani “Cush” Mtshali started playing Drums in 2008 where he learnt at a local church and has since taken a career in music. What inspired him to play drums was when he was really moved by rhythms and how they would make sense to him before he knew how to hold the drumsticks. Cush believes that music does not begin on paper and scoring sheets but from within.

He has sessioned for many bands in Johannesburg with one of his career highlights being the winner of the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation – Puisano Live Music Project competition for Best Band in the year 2011 – 2012 with L8 Antique and subsequently in 2016 – 2017 with Urban Village.