After nearly 18 years of making music together, the multi-platinum three-piece a cappella group The Soil has announced changes before the release of their fifth studio album. After a long-term hiatus, the music group revealed founding member, singer Buhlebendalo “Buhle” Mda, has decided to leave the group to focus on her solo career and publishing company.
“I grew up as the child of The Soil. I have graced local and international stages and performed at some of the biggest festivals in front of huge audiences, here and abroad. I can never replace the time I have had with the group, but it’s time to grow and face this cut-throat industry on my own. I know I can do it,” Buhle said.
Ntsika Ngxanga and Luphindo “Master P” Ngxanga, who has been with Buhle since high school, reflected on the journey they had been on as a group.
“The Soil without Buhle is not going to be the same. We grew up in this group together, but we support her and wish her all the best in her new endeavor,” they said.
After a search for a female vocalist to fill Buhle’s shoes, The Soil has added Theo Matshoba as the third member of the group.
Buhle said she is rooting for Theo and is confident she will be the “best version of her own self”.
Buhle is the second member to leave the group after Samthing Soweto, real name Samkelo Mdolomba, left the group before their stardom.
In July 2022, the singer reunited with the group for the first time after 13 years for a special performance.
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