The Soil is a South African awardwinning and double platinum-selling a cappella group whose music is a blend of contemporary township style and an eclectic mix of urban contemporary, fusing beat box and soul.
Three members of the group take a physical form – Buhlebendalo Mda, Luphindo Ngxanga and Ntsika Fana Ngxanga. The fourth member of the group exists in a spiritual form as The Creator of all.
The group has performed on many international stages including the Apollo Theatre (USA), the Edinburgh and Afro Vibes Festivals (UK), Woman Festival (Chile), WOMAD Music Festival (New Zealand), the Sacred Festival (India) and many more.
Defined as ‘kasi soul’, the group’s music features (in a contemporary township style) an eclectic mix of genres such as jazz, hip hop, Afro-pop and Afro-soul. The musical style is evident in its rhythmic vocal bass line, with constant beat boxing – a distinct feature in the music – while 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 the most beautiful rendition of the melodic verses embedded in each song.
Echoes of Kofifi
The multi-award winning and triple platinum-selling group, The Soil, presents their 3rd instalment and seminal album, Echoes of Kofifi, and probably the most definitive record since their self-titled debut album more than 5 years ago. A sequel to #nostalgic moments, the album Echoes of Kofifi is destined to find refuge in your heart, in your mind, in your soul. Echoes of Kofifi reminds us of the creative souls that roamed the streets of Sophiatown, who brewed a sound that created jive and defiance. Echoes of Kofifi is a sound that refused to be forgotten. It is a sound of the people who refused to recoil under the heavy handedness of a system that was determined to break the spirit and a lifestyle that glued their collective struggles and the will to survive.
With this album, The Soil reminds us of a rich culture of Sophiatown; a black cultural hub – the epicentre of all that’s jazz and blues, wrapped in politics and synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance. The album prompts us not to forget that the people who were forcibly removed from Sophiatown and whose refused to leave behind theirs arts, their heritage, the literary writings, the politics and their cultural defiance, which was deeply embedded in their souls. Echoes of Kofifi represents the distant past, yet is present like yesterday. It captures the distant past and freezes it in the present, so that the beautiful ones, who are not yet born, will live to tell a story they never experienced – no matter what time, space and moment it is.