Accapella group on Solid terrain

2015-07-23 06:02
Ayanda Kweyama, Sphelele Kweyama, Sandiso Nduna, Xolani Naku, Bulumko Papu and Sikhombiso Mangcu are members of Solid.

Ayanda Kweyama, Sphelele Kweyama, Sandiso Nduna, Xolani Naku, Bulumko Papu and Sikhombiso Mangcu are members of Solid.

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Members of the newly launched accapella group, Solid, say the world is their stage and will make their presence felt in the music industry in no time.

Solid comprises of six youngsters and was formed just days before the Cape Town leg of the auditions for the Sing-Off SA competition, a few months ago.

The first season for Sing-Off SA saw more than hundred groups from across the country compete for top position.

Solid scooped position three in the final stages of the competition, and has since recorded a single “Ubuhle Bakho” with Sony, which will be released soon.

The group members are baritone Ayanda Kweyama, who also doubles as leader, composer -cum-arranger.

Kweyama hails from Eshowe in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). And then there is bass singer Sphelele Kweyama, his younger brother.

Sandiso Nduna from Gugulethu, sings second tenor and is also a composer.

He is the brains behind the formation of the group.

Xolani Naku, from East London, sings fourth tenor, and is also an arranger and producer.

Bulumko Papu is also from Gugulethu and sings first tenor and is a song arranger.

Sikhombiso Mangcu, from Ginsberg, sings third tenor and plays the vocal percussions and also raps.

Sandiso Nduna said this group and another talent from Atlantis on the West Coast, called the Vocal Votex, were the only groups that represented the Western Cape at national level.

He said they were eliminated in the Top three which was formed with The Legacy KZN and Legato from Port Elizabeth,

The Legacy was crowned winners of the competition whilst Legato took second place.

“The experience was fun, educational but represented a lot of pressure as there was always more to do in a short space of time.

We plan to put ourselves out there, through recording singles, collaborations and ultimately an album,” Nduna said.

The lot are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and all have sung in different accapella groups at the church prior to founding the group.

Those who come from outside of the province came to the Mother City for either studies or work purposes.

Xolani and Papu mainly have been doing Acappella studio work as opposed to live performances. Mangcu has been doing radio work, kwaito and hiphop. Ayanda Kweyama has been working on individual projects. Sphelele Kweyama has been working on several Acappella group projects, all church based. Nduna has been a solo musician. Joining forces meant that each individual had to contribute with their respective talent in order to come up with a unique Acappella sound for Solid, which is what they believe has kept them in the competition.

They are available for bookings on 0838757447, Ayanda Kweyama, Sandiso Nduna 0799701681 or

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