The Soil's Ntsika: The journey has been amazing

2016-02-14 12:00


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Johannesburg- Over the past few years The Soil has become a force to be reckoned with, both on home soil and abroad. 

Just last year the award-winning trio were nominated for a BET Award in the Best African Act category. 

This was followed by a series of international performances which included singing for the queen in London, and performing in Russia and China. 

Speaking to The Juice recently, singer Ntsika Fana says that it's been completely humbling to continue paving the way for African music abroad. 

"Being able to continue the legacy of music legends like Miriam Makeba and Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been completely humbling. They were the shining light of African music, and it feels like they paved the way for us to be able to continue their legacy. It's absolutely amazing," he said. 

What's in store for fans this year

Ntsika revealed that fans can look forward to their third studio album, which is currently in the making. 

"Right now we are in studio working on those killer songs that will hopefully win us a Grammy," he added. 

Ntsika explained that they haven't yet decided on a name for the album because they're all still fighting over it. 

The singer added that fans can expect the album to hit stores towards the end of this year. 

On Buhle's ancestral calling

Ntsika admitted to The Juice that Buhle Mda's announcement about taking a break from the group to follow her ancestral calling caused widespread panic among fans. 

However, according to Ntsika there's no need for panic at all. 

"We understand that it came as a shock to fans, but Buhle knew about her calling since she was 15-years-old, so it's definitely not a surprise to her or us as a group," he added. 

Ntsika explained that even though it is difficult to put a time frame on how long Buhle will be away, she will definitely be returning. 

Buhle's shoes won't be easy to fill, but Ntsika says they're looking for someone to match her standards. 

"The ideal person needs to be afrocentric, have strong African roots, have a big personality and fill uBuhle's shoes with ease," he added. 

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