The Soil's Ntsika Ngxanga is living in the best chapter of his life right now

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Ntsika Ngxanga on his current projects and the making of a new The Soil album.
Ntsika Ngxanga on his current projects and the making of a new The Soil album.
Oupa Bopape

He is blessed and he knows it. He doesn't take any of it for granted. 

The Soil's Ntsika Ngxanga is known for his soothing sounds. He tells us he often receives the songs he writes through visions given to him by his ancestors. He's grateful for all he's been blessed with and says he is living in the best chapter of his life.

Ntsika has been a member of internationally acclaimed Accapella group The Soil for more than a decade. The group released it's first album in 2011 and has been souring since then, taking South Africans on a musical journey with songs such as Joy, Thambo Lami, Hamba Uyosebenza and Inkomo.

After touring the country, Africa and the world performing on world stages, Ntsika decided to pursue a solo career that saw him release his debut album, I Write What I Dream, which has become a tonic for those who seek healing in difficult times.

“My solo journey opened me up to a much creative me. I am more in tune with my talent. I dream about songs and these dreams are usually more intense. I would see my forefathers walking into my home and they would wake me up at odd hours. I could hear oomakhulu nootamkhulu (my grandmothers and grandfathers) singing. It would be a surreal moment. When I created my first album it came out at a time when the world was closing. There were black people who were trying to find who they were and wanted to go back to African spiritually and I saw my album being used as a tool to take people to their roots."

He says that when he performs live, he sees his audience transforming into lighter beings. He is currently working on many music projects including working with legendary label owner, Oskido. The record label owner is working on an album, Back to the Future.

Ntsika recently released a song with Thandiswa Mazwai and Oskido titled Ayazizela. He describes the music he is making now as the music of his dreams.

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“I am in dreamland making the music of my dreams. I grew up looking up to Oskido and I was a deejay in high school and I always played his music. Thandiswa is a rare gem and an icon and I have always wanted to do something with her. God led me to cross paths with them, and I worked on Oskido’s new album, and I am featured in four songs. I am living the life of my dreams. I love the place where I am at, I continue to attract amazing blessings.”

Not only is he gifted vocally but he is a talented songwriter and has been writing for Idols SA season 16 winner Zama as she is working on her new album.

“She is finishing off her album and I have been writing for her and we are struggling to choose songs for her body of work. I did a song with her called Ingelosi which makes one look forward to meeting their soulmate. And as The Soil we are wrapping up our album, we are celebrating 10 years in the music industry this year.

“The celebrations will continue to next year and we will do a tour where people will experience the re-invented The Soil. In this new album we are exploring two worlds and we will have a deeper sound and we have all grown. I cry just listening to some of the songs that we have been working on, this album will be beautiful, and we are planning on doing a live show with a three-piece live band.

“I no longer do music for the sake of doing music. I have to gel with the people I make music with. Walking in the paths set for me is what I practise. I want everything I do to represent me."

He addresses societal issues with his music. "Gender-based violence is a big issue in our country that we not only need to denounce but we should also put it out of our families.”

He is a devoted father and husband who is currently raising a girl (Olonathando) and a boy (Alwande) between the ages of 7 and 8. He says his children are everything he has ever longed for in life.

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“I knew from the age of 9 that I wanted to have children and have a family. I remember telling my mom that I can’t wait to have a wife so I can treat her well and for us to have kids. I dreamt of my daughter in my teenage years, I saw how she would look and my wife Chumasande has given me two beautiful angels. They are such beautiful souls when I look at my wife and kids I see how much God loves me. My purpose in life is renewed because of my family.”

He recently did a project with Platoon, an Apple owned artist development company, for their African lullaby project that is currently out and featured 16 other artists.

“They asked me to write a lullaby I used to put my children to sleep, and it was such an amazing project. Even adults can listen to it, especially during this time.”

He says that upcoming artists should always cautious when entering the music industry.

“The first three to seven years are your exploration years, it's not a phase to give up. You are going to bump into challenges but don’t give up. Nature your gift like a baby. Don’t live with an envious heart."

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