@BusinessDaily

Acapella Group Excites Nairobi Fans

1 weeks ago, 17:34

By: Bill Odidi

Music fans in Nairobi enjoyed a taste of rich South African township vocal harmonies in a thrilling performance by acapella group The Soil last Saturday night.

The only instruments on stage were the voices of this group of singers, which pierced though the atmosphere for more than an hour.

“I am going to lose weight, there’s a lot of dancing tonight” said singer Buhlebendalo “Soil Sister” Mda as the crowd that braved the chilly night moved along to their sweet harmonies.

The trio from Johannesburg arrived in Nairobi just hours to the concert after a performance the previous day at the Bayimba Festival in Uganda, Kampala.

“There is something special about performing in Africa that fills you with energy,” said Buhlebendalo clearly excited at their first show in Kenya. She, along with brothers, Ntsika “Fana-tastic” Ngxanga and Lupindo “Master P” Ngxanga learnt harmony as part of a choir in secondary school in the 1990s.

“Our music is very basic and raw just like the soil and we want to cover the whole world just like the soil,” says Lupindo explaining the name of the group.

They attended schools, which didn’t have music instruments and had to rely on their voices to express themselves musically

The Soil has developed a style described as “Kasi Soul” which uses acapella to recreate percussive sounds, flavoured with gospel stirrings and elements of hip-hop like beatboxing (using the voice to mimic drum machines). The word ‘kasi’ is a popular slang among South Africans for ‘neighbourhood’, hence soul music with a unique identity.

When they started singing professionally more than two decades ago, the dominant music in South Africa was kwaito and it took a very daring move to sing rather than follow the trend of rapping.

“We started singing to show that we were coming from a heritage of singers,” says Ntsika.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and followed three years later by “Nostalgic Moments”. Their third album “Echoes of Kofifi” released in 2016 has received wide appeal across people of different generations.

The 11-track album is a tribute to Sophiatown, the hub of music and political struggle in Johannesburg. It is a salute to South African musical icons like Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Dorothy Masuka and Dolly Rathebe.

The concert by The Soil at the J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen in Westlands in Nairobi was a showcase of songs from their three albums spiced up with renditions of songs by their idols like Makeba.

“We always fix our repertoire to go from the first to the latest album so that the audience gets a touch of the songs we have recorded on each album,” says Buhlebendalo.

The crowd favourites of the night included the infectious “Kofifi” that filled up the dance floor, “Sunday” and “Susan” which came towards the end of their set.

South Africa’s most popular acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been a source of inspiration to The Soil and their founder Joseph Shabalala who has now retired was a special guest during the recording of their ...
Read More


Category: business news opinion

Suggested

2 hours ago, 13:54
@StandardMedia - By: Kamau Maichuhie
Buses worth Sh70m burnt in Saturday fire

Police in Juja are trying to piece together evidence that may lead to the arrest of suspects who torched 12 buses ...

Category: business news
6 hours ago, 10:15
@StandardMedia - By: Macharia Kamau
Cost of high voltage power line doubles as delays stalk project

Ketraco officials say the 428km cable from Turkana will now be installed at Sh28b, up from Sh15b ...

Category: topnews news business
5 hours ago, 10:57
@StandardMedia - By: James Wanzala
Giving hope to communities through education, social work

A quiet revolution in female education and opportunity means that girls who once trudged for hours across Kenya’s Maasai Mara to fetch ...

Category: business news
42 minutes
@BusinessDaily - By: Charles Wanyoro
Farmers implore govt as maize prices dip to Sh15 a kilo

Embu and Kirinyaga farmers want State to buy their maize through NCPB, the same way it does in the Rift Valley. ...

Category: business news
Now
@BusinessDaily - By: Mary Wambui
Police probe theft of Sh20m Kenya Power equipment

The seized equipment include rolls of copper and aluminium wire cables, poles, meter boxes and transformer assembling parts. ...

Category: business news
5 hours ago, 11:31
@StandardMedia - By: Bbc
Eurozone bailout programme finally comes to an end

Greece is the final country to be receiving emergency loans in the wake of Europe’s financial crisis. ...

Category: topnews news business

@BusinessDaily

Acapella Group Excites Nairobi Fans

1 weeks ago, 17:34

By: Bill Odidi

Music fans in Nairobi enjoyed a taste of rich South African township vocal harmonies in a thrilling performance by acapella group The Soil last Saturday night.

The only instruments on stage were the voices of this group of singers, which pierced though the atmosphere for more than an hour.

“I am going to lose weight, there’s a lot of dancing tonight” said singer Buhlebendalo “Soil Sister” Mda as the crowd that braved the chilly night moved along to their sweet harmonies.

The trio from Johannesburg arrived in Nairobi just hours to the concert after a performance the previous day at the Bayimba Festival in Uganda, Kampala.

“There is something special about performing in Africa that fills you with energy,” said Buhlebendalo clearly excited at their first show in Kenya. She, along with brothers, Ntsika “Fana-tastic” Ngxanga and Lupindo “Master P” Ngxanga learnt harmony as part of a choir in secondary school in the 1990s.

“Our music is very basic and raw just like the soil and we want to cover the whole world just like the soil,” says Lupindo explaining the name of the group.

They attended schools, which didn’t have music instruments and had to rely on their voices to express themselves musically

The Soil has developed a style described as “Kasi Soul” which uses acapella to recreate percussive sounds, flavoured with gospel stirrings and elements of hip-hop like beatboxing (using the voice to mimic drum machines). The word ‘kasi’ is a popular slang among South Africans for ‘neighbourhood’, hence soul music with a unique identity.

When they started singing professionally more than two decades ago, the dominant music in South Africa was kwaito and it took a very daring move to sing rather than follow the trend of rapping.

“We started singing to show that we were coming from a heritage of singers,” says Ntsika.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2009 and followed three years later by “Nostalgic Moments”. Their third album “Echoes of Kofifi” released in 2016 has received wide appeal across people of different generations.

The 11-track album is a tribute to Sophiatown, the hub of music and political struggle in Johannesburg. It is a salute to South African musical icons like Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Dorothy Masuka and Dolly Rathebe.

The concert by The Soil at the J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen in Westlands in Nairobi was a showcase of songs from their three albums spiced up with renditions of songs by their idols like Makeba.

“We always fix our repertoire to go from the first to the latest album so that the audience gets a touch of the songs we have recorded on each album,” says Buhlebendalo.

The crowd favourites of the night included the infectious “Kofifi” that filled up the dance floor, “Sunday” and “Susan” which came towards the end of their set.

South Africa’s most popular acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been a source of inspiration to The Soil and their founder Joseph Shabalala who has now retired was a special guest during the recording of their ...
Read More

Category: business news opinion

Suggested

2 hours ago, 13:54
@StandardMedia - By: Kamau Maichuhie
Buses worth Sh70m burnt in Saturday fire

Police in Juja are trying to piece together evidence that may lead to the arrest of suspects who torched 12 buses ...

Category: business news
6 hours ago, 10:15
@StandardMedia - By: Macharia Kamau
Cost of high voltage power line doubles as delays stalk project

Ketraco officials say the 428km cable from Turkana will now be installed at Sh28b, up from Sh15b ...

Category: topnews news business
5 hours ago, 10:57
@StandardMedia - By: James Wanzala
Giving hope to communities through education, social work

A quiet revolution in female education and opportunity means that girls who once trudged for hours across Kenya’s Maasai Mara to fetch ...

Category: business news
42 minutes
@BusinessDaily - By: Charles Wanyoro
Farmers implore govt as maize prices dip to Sh15 a kilo

Embu and Kirinyaga farmers want State to buy their maize through NCPB, the same way it does in the Rift Valley. ...

Category: business news
Now
@BusinessDaily - By: Mary Wambui
Police probe theft of Sh20m Kenya Power equipment

The seized equipment include rolls of copper and aluminium wire cables, poles, meter boxes and transformer assembling parts. ...

Category: business news
5 hours ago, 11:31
@StandardMedia - By: Bbc
Eurozone bailout programme finally comes to an end

Greece is the final country to be receiving emergency loans in the wake of Europe’s financial crisis. ...

Category: topnews news business
Our App