Buhlebendalo Mda biography, sangoma, baby father, profile & album

Buhle (born Buhlebendalo Mda in Soweto) is a gender activist and also the only female member of the A cappella group THE SOIL. 

The group is has won several awards and is recognized on the international scene.


Buhlebendalo Mda biography
Conversation with Queen of The Soil, Buhlebendalo Mda on her music journey, and being a gender activist.
NameBuhlebendalo Mda
Place of birthSoweto
NationalitySouth African
Professiongender activist, singer
Music groupThe Soil
Baby fatherMpho Kock
Profile of the only female member of the A cappella group THE SOIL, Buhlebendalo Mda

Baby father

Buhle was labeled a man abuser after her Mpho Kock opened a case of assault on her for allegedly beating him up.

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According to Sowetan, the altercation between both parties happened in Honeydew, West Rand. The home of Luphindo “Master P” Ngxanga, a fellow The Soil member Luphindo “Master P” Ngxanga.

She attacked Mpho upon finding out he was relaxing with friends.

“She entered the house and went to the back. After a few minutes, she came back and started attacking him. She attacked him physically and threw a glass on his head,” a friend said.

Mpho and Buhle broke up in 2011 and had an eight-year-old daughter together as a couple.

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“She kept asking him during the fight what he was doing at Phindo’s place since he’s her friend,” another friend said.


She announced that she would be going on leave in her quest to “answer to greater beings”. 

Buhle made mention of being away from all the group’s performances to focus on her ancestral calling.

In January, Buhle made her intension about leaving at the moment for a greater ancestral calling.

The singer says that her sangoma training is sacred and she rather not share it with the public.

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It is a double platinum-selling South African group. She is the co-founder of the group The Soil. 

The group was formed over a decade ago during her high school days. Buhle has always been a music lover and also loves the attention it brings.

The group is an important piece in her life puzzle and for Buhle, it is her second home. She has gone around the world to showcase her talent and representing her country South Africa to the world with the group.

Apart from taking home several awards here in South Africa and Abroad, she has several highlights including appearing on big stages.


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On 9 June 2015, she performed at the Apollo New York Gala Black Excellence Dinner.

On the 23rd of May the same year, she performed at House of World Cultures, Paris.

She also performed on the Commonwealth Day, which held on the 9th of March 2020, at Westminster Abbey, United Kingdom.

Still, in 2015, Buhle held a performance at Hammersmith Apollo in the United Kingdom on the 7th of March.

In the previous year, from the 13th of October to the 9th of November 2014, she performed at the AfroVibes Tour in the United Kingdom.

Earlier in the same month, on October 11th, Buhle performed at Apollo Theatre New York.

In July 2014, she achieves 1st price in White Nights at St Petersburg Music Competition, Russia.

She performed in July 20 Years of Democracy Celebrations China and also Commonwealth Games, Glasgow in the same month.

In 2013 she appeared on the South African Film and Music Festival in Los Angeles.

She is also performed at Africa Now: Apollo Theatre, New York in 2013.

Still in the same year, 2013, she performed at the Edinburgh Music Festival.


She has always dreamed of releasing her solo album and to have a collaboration with musicians she admires. Some of her admired musicians include Madala Kunene, Simphiwe Dana, and more.

Her music is a combination of several African sounds from which she created her style. Buhle describes her music as Isigqi Sakwantu.

To her, all music genres can do as they tend to match her mood. In August 2019, she was due to release her first album as a solo artist.


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