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The Soil, The Soil (Sony Music)


By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Honestly, it’s gauche to refer to this angelic bunch as a beatboxing group, but genre classification does beckon, I suppose. I haven’t found myself allowing many albums to play over and over in the car without suddenly being annoyed by repetition, but that’s how immersive this one is, a warm, uninhibited set of (barely) rock-tinged a cappella hymns which, the band believes, come directly from God. Led up by three young South Africans whose expressed style is “Kasi Soul” (a mixture of jazz, hip-hop, Afro-pop and Afro-soul), The Soil sings half their lyrics in their native dialects and half in English, their hummed bass lines and beatboxed drumming an amniotic foundation with endless organic appeal. After a few hip-hop formalities are out of the way, most of the record concentrates on their real strength, Sowego-local chanting.  Already a platinum-seller in their home country; probably firmly on track to a world Grammy here as well. A+ Eric W. Saeger





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