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The Soil frontwoman, Buhle Mda has revealed that she will be taking a break from the group to concentrate on her ancestral calling from March this year.

“As Africans, at times we have to answer to greater beings than ourselves. Hence I will be taking some time out to concentrate on my own ancestral callings. So, from March 2016 I will be absent from all performances with The Soil,” Buhle said in a video posted to the group’s Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon.


And while fans may be upset by the news, the group have announced that they are looking for female vocalists to stand in for Buhle at their shows.

Check out the video below to see how you can become the next big star of the The Soil#DreamsComeTrue

Hi FAMILY Female vocalists are invited to come and #ExperienceTheSoilAll videos submitted need to be a duration of 30 seconds to 60 seconds. Videos shorter or longer than the stipulated time will be disqualifiedAll participants need to sing a song from The Soil, particularly Buhle’s verse. Should these rules be neglected, the judges have the right to disqualify you. Should participants sing a song by The Soil but not Buhle’s verse, the judges, at their discretion can consider the entry. All videos must be loaded up on The Soil Facebook page, no other forms of entry will be considered. Please use the hashtag #ExperienceTheSoil when you upload your videoAll participants need to be South African with a valid South African ID & passportClosing date for all video uploads will be 5th February 2016 and live auditions will take place between 8th-11th February 2016 in JohannesburgAll chosen candidates for the live auditions should be able to travel to Johannesburg to audition for the band Chosen participants will be contacted through their Facebook profiles to get further contact details by 6th February 2016. Participants need to be over 18 and under 35 years The chosen participant must be able available to travel locally and internationally from March 2016


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