|Genres Kasi Soul, Acapella|
|Years active 2003–present|
Genre a cappella
|Labels Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Native Rhythms|
Associated acts Zakwe, The Fridge, The Muffinz, Samthing Soweto, Toya Delazy
Past members Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba
Origin Soweto, South Africa (2003)
Albums Echoes Of Kofifi, Nostalgic Moments, Reflections Live in Joburg, Reflections: Live in Johannesburg, The Soil
Members Ntsika, Samthing Soweto, Buhle, Phindo, Theo Matshoba
Similar Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Khuli Chana, Kwesta
The Soil is an award winning South African a cappella group formed in 2003.
The Soil currently consists of four members: Buhlebendalo "Soil Sister" Mda, Ntsika "Fana-tastic" Ngxanga, Luphindo "Master P" Ngxanga and Theo "Songstress" Matshoba. Theo joined the group in February 2016 as an occasional replacement for Buhlebendalo Mda. Ntsika and Luphindo are biological brothers. During interviews, The Soil usually refers to God as the first member of the group.
Its inception came about in 2003 when all the members met in high school during jam sessions. Back then the group was known as Particles of the Soil and consisted of more than 25 members. As years passed, some members departed due to other engagements. In 2010, the group was down to four members: Buhlebendalo Mda (vocalist), Ntsika Ngxanga (main composer and vocalist), Luphindo (beatboxer and vocalist) & Motif Records signee Samkelo Lelethu Mdolomba, commonly known by his stage name, Samthing Soweto. Mdolomba was involved during the recording process of the group's first album, however, due to contractual disputes and creative differences, Samkelo decided to leave and form the contemporary jazz group The Fridge where he serves as the lead vocalist.
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 15 September 2014. It was made available for hard copy purchase on 22 September 2014. The album includes guest appearances by the Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and multiple award-winning hip hop artist Khuli Chana.
Asante SanaReflections: Live in Johannesburg · 2013
SedilakaThe Soil · 2011
AndinantoNostalgic Moments · 2014