"I predict that soon Freshlyground will be as ubiquitous as the minibus taxi and just as popular. For now, make sure you catch them live while they are still playing small venues because this band is set to soar."
"...never before has a South African album blown me away like this...it is not very often that one gets the feeling you need to go and stand on top of the nearest building and start promoting a particular CD...it feels that I am wasting my time keeping quiet and not telling EVERYONE...”
““With all this under their belt and a following that grows almost daily, one can only think that this is a group that has the voema to take SA sounds to the rest of the world.””
"...one can’t help but think that this is the future of South African music. Judging by the cast amounts of critical and popular acclaim they have been generating it seems they are destined for greatness…"
"It’s bright and happy no matter whether your feet are plodding the grim streets of London or your head is stuck in a gnarly roll of post-breakup-chicken wire. Sure, you’ll like it too.”
““Freshlyground is probably going to become SA's most important band in the 21st century. I realised this when I watched them at Loftus Versfeld supporting Robbie Williams. Sixty thousand people sang along to their hits, with passion. And they're the biggest crossover group..."”
"Freshlyground is an almost textbook example of how well consensus can work...they exemplify the joys of the new South Africa."
“Mothers pushing prams in shaded parks will like it; sweaty people in stampvol taxis will like it, drunk students too. And it’s also great when you are alone.”
"I try to make music that is honest and represents my truths. I make music that is respectful to people from all walks of life." - Zolani Mahola
"...their breakout song, "Doo Be Doo" was the most played song in South Africa in 2005..."
"They snatched the Best African Act award at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards..."
“Their music is easy to like, covering a feel-good spectrum of distinctly South African pop, led by Zolani’s exuberant vocals, in English and Xhosa, and driven by an experienced and well-honed band."”
“Freshlyground’s ambivalence about their diversity hasn’t stopped others from seizing on them as the personification of the Rainbow Nation””
"From the release of Jika Jika, through the catchy melodies of Nomvula to the maskandi-pop cocktails of Ma Cheri, Freshlyground are an undeniably eclectic collective"
"...the South African Football Association selected them as its cultural ambassadors for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa."
"Fronted by the diminutive but dynamic Zolani Mahola, the group exudes a magical weave of their influences from indigenous African folk music and jazz, to more contemporary styles such as reggae and dance music."