The Soil brings Africa to the Apollo

2013-03-10 10:00

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It’s a dream come true for acapella band The Soil as they jet off to New York tonight for their first performance at the prestigious Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The trio are the headline act for the weekend-long Africa Now! Festival, and will be on stage on Friday.

Ntsika Ngxanga said they were beyond excited.

“When we started rehearsing and building this group in 2005, we used to sit and dream about performing on some of the biggest stages in the world and the Apollo was one of them. Now here we are. It’s humbling and I think it happened quicker that we thought possible.”

Founded in the mid-19th century, the Apollo Theater is the centre of African-American musical and cultural heritage.

Its stage launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Luther Vandross and The Jackson 5.

Miriam Makeba is one of the few South Africans to have performed there.

“We’ve been hard at work rehearsing our show and adding new songs, We want to offer the American audience a varied cultural cuisine and leave an impression,” Nxanga said.

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