An award-winning South African a capella group formed in 2003 with a sound that is defined as Kasi Soul and describe as “Melodic Medication” for the soul. The Soil consists of three members: Buhlebendalo Mda (vocalist), Ntsika Ngxanga (main composer and vocalist), Luphindo (beatboxer and vocalist) & Motif Records signer Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba, commonly known by his stage name, Samthing Soweto.
The group’s music features (in a contemporary township style) is an eclectic mix of musical genres such as jazz, hip hop, Afro-pop and Afro-soul. The group’s musical style is evident in its rhythmic vocal bass line, with constant beat boxing – a distinct feature in the music – whilst the remaining voices contribute to the choral and polyphonic accompaniment. Equal and up to the challenge, each of the group members take turns in solo vocal performance to display their most beautiful rendition of the melodic verses embedded in each song.
-The Soil (2011)
-Nostalgic Moments (2014)
The Soil: This self-titled album by The Soil is surely going to take you back to the time when the Creator sculpted the skies and the land, covering it with…the soil. The group’s music bears testimony to the fact that God created man using the very soil and thousands of years later He gave a voice to The Soil. It is through this belief that The Soil invites you to listen with your ear on the ground as you might hear the sound.
The album is a reflection of the group’s aspiration for a world full of joy, hope, faith, goodwill and love – a message carried out with each performance and each song.
Nostalgic Moments: This album is a culmination of years of dedication, hard work and a passion for the art. It is through this journey that The Soil strives to be a household name and a global brand imprinted in the hearts and minds of those who aspire for a better world.
Awards: In 2011, The Soil released their self-titled debut LP The Soil which achieved platinum status, selling over 50,000 copies. Their sophomore album Nostalgic Moments was released digitally on iTunes on September 15, 2014. It was made available for hard copy purchase on September 22, 2014. The album includes guest appearances by the Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and multiple award-winning hip hop artist Khuli Chana.
Having paid their dues as a performing group in and around the country, The Soil is as comfortable at big music festivals and concerts as it is on theatre stages. In the past 7 years The Soil has graced stages of the most renowned events such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Grahamstown Arts Festival, Jazz by the River, as well as theatre stages of the Nelson Mandela Theater as well as the Catalyst Theatre in Cape Town. The Soil has staged their own campus tours at university campuses around the country with a capacity of more than 1000 fans per venue, has more than 198.000 fans on Facebook, has been on top 20 SA music chart at Musica stores around the count. They have also opened for Freshlyground on one of their tours, and have also had one of their songs in a movie, Dark Tide starring Halle Berry. They have recorded all the songs on a SABC 1 sitcom called “My Perfect Family”, performed on 6 shows as opening acts with the renowned group Freshly Ground on their tour of 10 year Celebration and recently performed on the 15 March 2013 at the Africa Now festival at Apollo theatre Music Cafe in New York