Music and threads


Performing to a full house at Wits Theatre, kasi-soul pioneers, The Soil, gave a show described by some as “unforgettable”.

Last Friday (July 20), the group took to the stage to present songs from their self-titled debut album and cover versions of songs by legends Miriam Makeba and Simphiwe Dana.


Soulful Sounds: Members of the The Soil (from left to right) Luphindo Nxanga, Buhlebendalo Mda and Ntsika Nxanga performing at Wits University.
Photo: Lebogang Mdlankomo


Setting the tone for the night, the opening by versifier Mxolisi Mtshali, who as part of “The Soil family” recited a poem in isiZulu, set a benchmark for upcoming performances for the entire evening.

The audience grooved to sing-along favourites Baninzi, Joy (We are family), Impossible, Inkomo and Bhomba.

Although the group released their deluxe edition in May, the audience still got a chance to listen to songs that were still “under construction”, said group member Buhlebendalo Mda.

Still maintaining their upbeat, melodic and finger snapping traits, songs like Girl you are amazing and another produced with Freshly Ground while being the supporting act during their “Love No Hate tour”, have that “The Soil” trademark sound.


Two part show

The event was not only musically orientated but included a fashion show.

The group’s stylist, Zano Sithetho known as Zano Skorzch, showcased his clothing line. The Kempton Park based designer said his “pretty much vintage” collection comprised of sleek and clean-cut items.

Targeted at 22-34 year olds, the line is for people who want to look good while being fashion forward.

Didintle Tshola, 3rd year BA student, said, “Not only did my soul get fed good music but I got to see beautiful clothing as well”.

“It’s a little early for this but I think I know where my graduation dress is gonna come from,” said Tshola.

Commenting on the experience and outcome of the show, members Phindo Nxanga and Fana Nxanga shared the sentiment that the warmth of the crowd was overwhelming and they enjoyed performing at Wits.

Soilful music for Witsies

Wits students will experience the sound of kasi-soul, a combination of the Afro-pop, Afro and neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop genres, by trio The Soil later today (July 20) as part of their nationwide campus tour.

The eclectic sounds intended to heal hearts have earned the group a large fan base among young South Africans. Soweto-based group members Luphindo Ngxanga, Ntsika Ngxanga and Buhlebendalo Mda met in high school.

They say God is the first member of the group.

With their voices alone, the group produces sounds of different instruments like the cello and violin while simultaneously beat boxing.

The vintage-styled group won two Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2010.

They are giving their Wits audience a taste of the finger-snapping music which can traced back to the Sophiatown culture and era.

The sold-out show, organised by Native Rhythms Productions, will be held at the Wits Theatre from 6pm. For video interview and performance clips go to

Published in Vuvuzela 16th Edition, 20 June 2012