The Soil - A Biography
Meet 'The Soil', a 4-member acapella singing group whose music can be best described as ‘Kasi Soul’. The Soil strives to fuse their voices to deliver melodic and harmonious messages that are aimed at uplifting and healing souls all around the world.
The first member of the group exists in a spiritual form as The Creator of all. The other three members of the group take a physical form: Buhlebendalo Mda, Luphindo Ngxanga, and Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, who are occasionally also supported by two backing vocalists, Asanda and Tshwarelo.
The Soil claims they are simply channels of the songs that they believe come to them from a sacred place where they just serve as mediums that help carry the message through.
The Soil's self-titled album is surely going to take you back to the time when the Creator sculpted the skies and the land. 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.
Defined as Kasi Soul, the group’s music features (in a contemporary township style), 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 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.
This album is a culmination of years of dedication, hard work and a passion for the art. 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 theater 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 theater stages of the Nelson Mandela Theater as well as the Catalyst Theatre in Cape Town.
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.
Buhlebendalo Mda, aka Buhle, this Soweto-born and only female member of the group has always loved music and the attention that comes with it. For Buhle, The Soil completes her life puzzle: it’s her second home. Her life long dream has always been to work with the likes of the Late and Great Gogo Mirriam Makeba, Mama Busi Mhlongo. Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana, Ringo Madlingozi, Gloria Bosman, and Hlengiwe Mhlaba, just to name a few.
Buhle describe herself or her music as soulful or “Jazzy fizzle”, which is considered to be a mixture of all sorts of genres from which she has created her own soulful or “Jazzy fizzle”. To Buhle all genres do it for her, as they tend to match her every mood.
Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, aka Da FanArtistc, Also dreamt of being on stage as early as primary school years and used school desks as drums, turning every song into dance music. He also transformed the classical jazz songs that he grew up being exposed to into his own musical world. Ntsika got introduced to clap and tap music, “apostolic gospel music”, and learnt to sing from the heart and add emotion to the very voice one was blessed with. He also learnt how to connect with music in its totality and the art of backing.
The defining moment for Ntsika was when he started dreaming and receiving songs in his sleep which he coins “something very heavenly and humbling”, which he embraced as a Gift and God’s medium through which he was to pass messages of love, hope, courage, faith, joy, peace and happiness amongst many.
Luphindo Ngxanga, aka Master P, considers himself the friendliest and warmest member of the group. Contrary to his masculine beatbox prowess with which he meticulously kicks the bass drum and snare, accompanied by his harmonic basslines, Luphindo is a humanitarian in the group and loves to see the members happy all the time. Luphindo uses his fine arts academic training to think differently and seeing things in perspective, which he then applies in the construction of ideas in the songs The Soil finally puts together.