The Soil- South African acapella sensation

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The Soil an acapella group from Soweto offers joy, hope, goodwill, and love through their kasi- soul debut album.

The self-titled album is a mixture of jazz, hip hop, afro-pop, and Afro-soul. This 12 track album tells a story of love kasi style. This group has four member the first is a spiritual being (God) the other three take the form of physical beings.  Buhle (vocalist) the only female in the group, Ntsika (vocalist) Luphindo (beat boxer and vocalist).

No musical instrument were used in the production of this album. They used rhythmic vocals through beat box, choral polyphonic for the whole album. This album features South African artists like Zakwe, Tumi and Samthing Soweto. My favourite song in the album is the song Sunday, it’s about two stranger meeting for the first on a Sunday. Its love at first sight for both stranger but the girl cannot stay long because she is leaving that day.

Inkomo is the second single released from album, it’s a song about two lover with only one obstacle in their way, the girl’s father. He does not like the boy and does not want him anywhere near his daughter. This song featuring rapper Zakwe, it tells a story of township love.

The music The Soil produces in inspired by Brenda Fassie, Mariam Makheba, and Busi Mhlongo this is most evident in the song Baninzi that has a 60s “phata phata” feel. The group met in high school in 2003, back then there were 25 members in the group. They used to meet on Fridays for jam sessions. Now they are only four member in the group.

The soil has a sound that accommodates everyone as it has a variety of music genres. The best way to define the sound is kasi-soul. They sing poetic love songs in isiXhosa and English. Sedi laka (my light) is the only gospel song in the album. It fits perfectly with the rest of the song as it is the only Sotho song in the album. Songs like Joy (we are family) and Impossible are example of the love, joy and goodwill that The Soil show in their music.

The Soil have done well for themselves, their album has sold over platinum and one of their tracks features in the movie Dark Tide staring award winning actress Halley Barry. They graced the stage at the Edinburg Festival in the UK this year. Their music is for everyone from a 5-year-old to a 90-year-old as it is a fusion of different music genres.

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