Buhlebendalo aka Buhle: is a Soweto-born gender activist and only female member of the multi award winning, internationally acclaimed and double platinum selling South African A cappella group THE SOIL. Buhlebendalo co-founded The Soil more than 10 years ago when she was still at high school and has always loved music and the attention that comes with it.
For Buhle, The Soil completes her life puzzle: it‟s her second home and has travelled the world showcasing her talent and representing South Africa in big stages with the group. Besides winning awards in South Africa and abroad, her Highlights include performing in big stages such as:
2015: 9 June: Apollo New York Gala Black Excellence Dinner
2015: 23 May: House of World Cultures: Paris
2015: 9 Mar – Commonwealth Day (Westminster Abbey, UK) 2015: 7 Mar – Hammersmith Apollo UK
2014: Oct 13 – 9 Nov: AfroVibes Tour UK
2014: Oct 11 – Apollo Theatre New York
2014: July – Achieves 1st Prize – White Nights at St Petersburg Music Competition, Russia
2014: July 20 Years of Democracy Celebrations, China 2014: July –Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
2013: SA Film and Music Festival, Los Angeles
2013: Africa Now: Apollo Theatre (New York) 2013: Edinburgh Music Festival
Buhlebendalo’s life long dream has always been to release her SOLO ALBUM and collaborate with all musicians she admires including Madala Kunene, Simphiwe Dana to mention a few. She describes herself or her music as ISIGQI SAKWANTU, which is influenced by her calling as a SANGOMA, the process she went through to become a healer and her culture. To Buhlebendalo all genres do it for her, as they tend to match her every mood and this is mostly revealed when she is performing on stage as she let loose and let the spirits and the mood take over. BUHLEBENDALO introduced her solo music career to a massive audience in the month of April and May 2019 where she performed at the Birchwood Jazz Comes Alive concert alongside Judith Sephuma on the 12th April 2019, performed at The Bassline Live Festival alongside ASA and Mr. Eazi from Nigeria on the 25th May 2019 and she was one of the artists who got Live broadcast coverage on SABC TV. She closed the month of May with a performance on the 31st May 2019 at Zakifo Festival in Durban alongside World’s greatest and well known musicians such as Ben Harper, Beatenberg, ASA, Moonchild and Sho Madjozi.