The Soil

Biographie The Soil

The Soil
The Soil
After nearly 20 years of being a tight, powerful acapella group, The Soil has decided to let go of their soulful vocalist Buhlebendalo Mda and introduce Theo Matshoba as their new lead vocalist.

The group's inception came about in 2003 when all the members met in Tikelo Secondary School during jam sessions. Back then the group was known as 'Particles of the Soil' and consisted of more than 4 members. As the years progressed, some members departed due to other engagements.

With 5 albums already under their belts, the group is set to release a new album with tour dates due to be announced soon. The Soil now joins us in studio to tell us more and introduce their new lead vocalist, Theo Matshoba.

In the world of music, acapella is often an overlooked genre that does not attain as much status as say, pop or rock. However, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of humankind’s first instrument - the voice - is what makes people connect with music.

In South Africa, the history of acapella dates back to the early 1900s. This was a time when traditional choirs were formed by migrant workers through rural music from various tribes. In the 1940s, ingoma ebusuku - traditional choral singing, became increasingly popular in the country. Groups like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Mahotella Queens paved the way for traditional acapella groups.

The new generation of South African acapella music is led by the vibrant vocal group, The Soil. Their music is rooted in traditional sounds, and they have created a spectacular niche in the ever-changing SA music industry. The Soil is a storytelling experience. Each member is a storyteller in their own right, sharing their experiences of life, love, hardships and joy through singing. Every song is influenced by a personal narrative.

The core trio are an eclectic group of boisterous musicians from Soweto, Johannesburg, with a traditional yet modern edge. Buhlebendalo “Soil Sister” Mda is the vivacious nucleus of the group. Luphindo “Master P” Ngxanga is the edgy beatboxer and master of rhythm, who is imbued with charisma during live performances. Lead composer and singer, Ntsika Fana Ngxanga (now a solo performer who will rejoin the band for upcoming projects), is the lyrical genius behind the group’s songs. Other members who have collaborated with the group are Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba, commonly known by his stage name, Samthing Soweto, and Theo "Songstress" Matshoba.

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