Soul Brothers (band)

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Also known asYoung brothers (1970's)
The Soul Brothers
OriginKwaZulu-Natal,South Africa
  • Mbaqanga
  • Folk music
  • Folk
  • Country music
  • Country
  • Rhythm and blues
  • RnB
  • Soul music
  • Soul
Years active1974-present
  • Gallo Record Company (former)
  • Black Moses Ngwenya
  • David Masondo
  • Zenzele Zakes Mchunu
  • Tuza Mthethwa
  • Themba American Zulu
  • Maxwell China Mngadi

Soul brothers (IPA|/səʊl/ /ˈbɹʌðə(ɹ)z/) is a South African Mbaqanga group from KwaZulu-Natal formed in 1975.

In 1976, band ensuing to their release of a single, "Mshoza Wami" which sold over 60 000 units within three months rare achievement in the mbhaqanga music A period of time the mbaqanga music fans were still recuperating from the impact of the single, Moses Ngwenya composed, "Mama ka Sibongile", whose sales reach a peak to 175 000 units making it the first song in South African music history to reach that level.

The band won South Africa Music Awards for song titled "Intombi Yam", in 2001.[1]

In 2011, Soul brothers won South Africa Music Awards for best mbaqanga album.[2][3]

Soul brothers released over 45 albums including two solo albums we're released by the lead vocalist David Masondo collaborated with Deborah Fraser (singer)|Deborah Fraser, most of them earned gold status in the Recording Industry of South Africa. In total the band has sold of over five million copies of their entire albums.


1974:early beginnings and formation

Moses Ngwenya and David Masondo formed the band back in 1974 at KwaZulu-Natal before known as Young brothers. Initially, Masondo was the drums player, later on, he made a move from drums to lead vocals. Ngwenya known as a keyboardist has created unique and easily recognizable sound for the soul brothers band.

1979:death of three soul brothers members

In 1979, three Soul brothers members died in a car accident. Followed by Zakes Mchunu the former member died, in 1984. David and Moses carried on with the band with an expanded group including the dancers.

2015:solo album and death of David Masondo

Masondo released two solo albums before his death, in 2015. On his solo album, he made collaboration with Debroh Fraser having featured on a song title "umzal'wam".

Musical style and influences

Pioneers who popularised the genre Mbaqanga with a vocal prowess unmatched, euphonic Hammond organ and spellbinding bass lines have had South Africans singing along and dancing tirelessly to hits like "Intokazi", "Mama ka Sibongile" and "Idlozi" for decades.

Band Members

  • Zenzele Zakes Mchunu (bass, (1974-1984)
  • David Masondo (drums, vocals 1984-2015)
  • Tuza Mthethwa (guitar, 1974-1979)
  • Moses Ngwenya (organ, 1976-present)
  • American Zulu (rhythm guitar, 1976-1982)
  • Maxwell Mngadi (lead guitar, 1985-present)
  • Sicelo Ndlela (bass, 1985-present)
  • Thomas Phale (saxophone, 1985-present)

International perfomances

  • United kingdom (1990)
  • Europe


studio albums

  • Kulukhuni
  • Ezinkulu
  • Indaba
  • Isigqebhezana
  • Jump and Jive (1994)
  • Idlozi (1997)
  • Amanikiniki (1998)
  • Isigqebhezana (1999)
  • Intombi Yami (2000)
  • Induk' Enhle (2001)
  • Isithothobala (2002)
  • Kuze Kuse (2003)
  • Nilindeni (2004)
  • Igobondela (2004)
  • Ke Kopa Tshwarelo (2004)
  • Deliwe
  • Mshoza Wami
  • Ukhalelani
  • Usathane Simehlulile
  • Ugroove lobani (2005)
  • Hluphekile
  • Xola
  • Impimpi
  • Isicelo
  • Isithembiso
  • Uxolo
  • Usibali
  • Isigebengu
  • Iqiniso
  • Vala Umlomo
  • Ugruva Nobani
  • Indaba
  • Umhlola
  • Isilingo
  • Into Yamahala (2006)
  • Isiphiwo (2007)
  • Amacala
  • Unembeza (2008)
  • Oganda Ganda Vol. 2 (2009)
  • Thul'Ubheke (2010)
  • Dlal'ngam (solo album David Masondo) (2014)

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Ceremony Prize Result Ref.
2001 South Africa Music Awards "Intombi Yam" Won
2008 "Macala" Nominated [4][5]
2011 Best mbaqanga album Won


  1. "List of SAMA winner's | News24". 6 April 2001.
  2. @TheSAMAS (20 May 2011). "Award 34: Best Mbaqanga Album - Soul Brothers" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. "SAMA 2011 winners". 25 May 2011.
  4. "SAMA 2008: All the Winners!". Channel24. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  5. "SAMA 2008: Nominees announced". Channel24. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2016.

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