In 2012, a friend introduced me to The Soil, an acapella ensemble from South Africa. According to Wikipedia, this band began in High School in 2003 and originally had twenty-five members. I fell in love with their sound immediately.

They are the first acapella band that has survived on my playlist for more than a few months. It’s been seven years since I added them and they have travelled with me constantly since then. They are still on it.

In 2014, I was lucky enough to see them perform live in Soweto. Crocodile bumps all over.

The Soil currently consists of four members: Buhlebendalo “Soil Sister” Mda, Ntsika “Fana-tastic” Ngxanga, Luphindo “Master P” Ngxanga and Theo “Songstress” Matshoba.

Here’s their Facebook page.

THE SOIL HITS ME…

  • On Sunday mornings (Incidentally, one of their songs is called ‘Sunday’)
  • When I’m feeling nostalgic
  • When I want to go to that room…

 

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