The Soil announced the exit of founding member Buhlebendalo Mda before their fifth studio album was released.
Theo Matshoba will fill her shoes while she starts her solo music career.
Buhle’s departure was confirmed in a statement released by the multi-platinum three-piece a cappella group.
“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.
“The Soil without Buhle is not going to be the same. We group up in this group together, but we support her and wish her all the best in her new endeavour,” her former group members, Luphindo and Ntsika Ngxanga, said.
“In the same breath, we are exceedingly excited by the beautiful dynamism that Theo’s rare gift brings the group’s creative ethos.”
Ther news about Mda’s exit garnered various reactions. One of which is from Nhlanhla Mafu.
“o this is what it feels like when you’re a fan of a group and someone goes solo …I’m not gonna lie as The Soil fan I’m . But as a big sister I have to say I admire your courage and your will to embrace change and growth. You are such a beautiful human inside and outside and I wish you nothing but the best from here on as you fully embark on this journey. I have full faith that my boys @ntsikamusic and @phindothesoil will hold it down beautifully with sista V and bhut Sipho. Much love little sis,” she wrote.