It is quite an irony that an industry that prides itself on creativity is so overwhelmingly predictable. The music industry moves forward at a pace slower than that of soap operas – if you don’t watch an episode for a month, don’t worry about it, you’ll return to find the characters doing exactly what you left them doing… nothing. Likewise, if you don’t listen to the radio for a few months, when you do tune in again you’re guaranteed to hear the same goof goof that you left them playing! I have become quite cynical about it all – to the extent that it’s rare for me to pay attention to press releases that sing the praises of some new “artist.”
I am pleased to report that my cynicism was pleasantly ruffled when I heard about The Soil. No genius, not the brown mucky stuff in the yard. The Soil is a group of three highly talented singers. Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, Luphindo Ngzanga and Buhlebendalo Mda weave their voices together to create a kaleidoscopic tapestry of harmony. The music they create is so saturated with soul; it’s hard to believe that it really is just three human voices. That’s right, no gyrating in skin-tight mini skirts. No DJ. No bling. No frills. Just good old fashioned singing from the soul!
They’ve have named their mellifluous concoction ‘Kasi Soul.’ It features coquettish hints of Jazz, Hip Hop, Afro-Pop and Afro-soul. I do wish they had been a bit more playful with their style. They remind me of Kwela Tebza. That trio also had a risky music style going but they made it palatable to the youth by making sage use of suave styling and clever collaborations. Remember ‘Better Days’ featuring Mxo and Tuks? I humbly submit that it might do The Soil some good to work with artists like Teargas, Prokid (or is it just Pro?), or have a House mix with DJ Cleo or Oskido. Ha ha, I just heard all the puritans gasp for air…
The trio hails from Soweto and naturally they aim to conquer the world. I really do hope that their unique brew of soul soars above the quotidian mass of factory-produced sugary pop out there. But, you know how these things go, chances are these guys will sell out stages the world over but be underrated right here in their backyard – Lucky Dube and Ladysmith Black Mambazo come to mind.
Does acapella music have a place in this drum and base driven music scene? Do songs that don’t feature rappers stand a chance of being played on the youth-driven airwaves. Time will be the judge. Hopefully our parents will support this and keep these artists from starving.
Their album is available at Musica and LooknListen for ONLY R110
The Soil album can also be downloaded from here…http://omusic.dstv.com/11979689/The_Soil/Album/The_Soil
6 July – Beethoven Room / Grahamstwon Arts Festival [two 45 min shows at 11h00 and again at 19h00]
7 July – Beethoven Room / Grahamstwon Arts Festival [two 45 min shows at 11h00 and again at 21h00]
8 July – Beethoven Room / Grahamstwon Arts Festival [two 45 min shows at 14h00 and again at 20h00]
10 July – Beethoven Room / Grahamstwon Arts Festival [one 45 min show at 14h00]
Check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thesoilkasisoul
For Booking and Management Enquiries:
Native Rhythms Productions (011) 325 2632 or