SA acappella group to perform for royal family

Kasi Soul: The soil group, consisting of Buhle Mda and brothers Nstika and Luphindo Ngxana
Kasi Soul: The soil group, consisting of Buhle Mda and brothers Nstika and Luphindo Ngxana

A PERFORMANCE fit for a king – or in this case, a queen, three princes and a duchess or two.

South African a cappella group The Soil will be performing for Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family on Commonwealth Day on Monday.

The Soil, who won best produced album and best group album for Nostalgic Moments at the Metro FM Music awards last week, will also be performing in concert with Mango Groove during their UK trip.

Also attending the event at Westminster Abbey will be the queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Kent, and Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Commonwealth Observance, which takes place on the second Monday in March every year, is the UK’s biggest multi-faith celebration of the Commonwealth’s diversity.

The appearance of The Soil is a consequence of the “SA-UK Seasons”, a two-year partnership aimed at building lasting relationships between the two countries’ creative communities.

The trio who make up the group are Buhle Mda and brothers Ntsika and Luphindo Ngxanga.

They have been called a modern Ladysmith Black Mambazo and describe their style of music as “Kasi soul” (township style), a blend of musical genres such as jazz pop and Afro soul.

-Shelley Seid

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