THE HOUSE OF SUN-EL: Sun-El Musician, Simmy, Mlindo The Vocalist, and other related artists

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the album to follow-up board favourite single Akanamali is out and it's all gorgeous afro-house in the same vein. one of my favourite pop albums so far this year

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKxFS8L6AlQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlVhfJLAVG0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5nXcw3X-N4

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:58 (three years ago) link

Akanamali was by far my favorite discovery from the year-end poll, will definitely check this out.

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:01 (three years ago) link

Probably as good a place as any to put this, which I've never seen mentioned on ILM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXHrSBDy__Y

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:02 (three years ago) link

wait is this on the album too?

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:03 (three years ago) link

Ubala is really excellent, one of his best though it's not on the album

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (three years ago) link

never mind it's on a mix he put out with the same name:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fDVG1Prfg8

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (three years ago) link

album tracklist:
1. With You (feat. Desiree Dawson)
2. Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto)
3. Sengimoja
4. Life We Live (feat. Les-Ego & Nontu X)
5. No Stopping Us (feat. S-Tone)
6. Goodbye (feat. DJ Charl & Lelo Kamau)
7. Umalukatane (feat. S-Tone)
8. Sonini (feat. Simmy & Lelo Kamau)
9. Ntaba Ezikude (feat. Simmy)
10. Random
11. The Wave
12. Bamthathile (feat. Mlindo the Vocalist)
13. Yere Faga (feat. Oumou Sangaré) [Sun–El Musician Remix]

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:07 (three years ago) link

if there is even 1 song on here that's half as good as sonini then this'll probably be my favorite album of the year

brendon urine (diamonddave85), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:16 (three years ago) link

super excited for this, but it doesn't seem particularly available yet? (at least in Canada)

rob, Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:40 (three years ago) link

it's out on the 20th digitally (which it is here) but when I posted this thread I thought it had been released digitally a few days ago since it seems to have gotten a surprise physical release then in South Africa

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:28 (three years ago) link

Oh, lol, it's in Denmark as well now. I don't think they accounted for summer time.

Frederik B, Friday, 20 April 2018 00:15 (three years ago) link

excited to hear this! "akanamali" is still achingly beautiful

dyl, Friday, 20 April 2018 03:16 (three years ago) link

I really love the interplay between the scatting vocals and the brass on Sengimoja

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:10 (three years ago) link

this album is exactly what i could've hoped for, about an hour of songs that scratch the same itch as akanamali

bhad bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 April 2018 23:23 (three years ago) link

been looking forward to this, haven't heard it yet

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 23:49 (three years ago) link

really quite impressed on first listen. the back half might be my favorite, with the two purely instrumental cuts toward the end being big highlights, "the wave" in particular.

"akanamali" really deserved to conquer the world. as much as i hate to keep singling it out for praise, it deserves all of it and more.

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:50 (three years ago) link

for whatever reason the follow-up single to "akanamali", "bamthathile", has not clicked with me tho

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:52 (three years ago) link

oh man i love bamthathile. loving this so far

Heez, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:03 (three years ago) link

This is great.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:30 (three years ago) link

good timing for summer around the corner

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Sunday, 22 April 2018 05:15 (three years ago) link

what a good album

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:45 (three years ago) link

god bless a record that goes out of its way to make me feel like i'm on a boat

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:51 (three years ago) link

aw :)

Yeah, this album is really good.

Frederik B, Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:53 (three years ago) link

Hate to make this comparison, but some of this sounds like an Innervisions release or something I expect Dixon to be remixing.

But yeah, enjoying this a lot anyway.

MikoMcha, Monday, 23 April 2018 08:45 (three years ago) link

Haha yeah I remember Culoe de Song’s early stuff sounded a lot like this.

Tim F, Monday, 23 April 2018 08:58 (three years ago) link

Nothing off this has stood out as much as Akanamali, which is a one-in-a-million amazing song, but it's neat so far.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:29 (three years ago) link

If you ever get to go on a sunset drive down the motorway, whack that song tout-de-suite

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:30 (three years ago) link

this is amazing

Nourry, Monday, 23 April 2018 22:17 (three years ago) link

Okay so I still think Akanamali is a unique piece of work that towers over p much everything here. About 50% of the rest of this sounds like passable vocal house and doesn't really interest me. I definitely prefer the stuff that's more obviously African/South African styling but I need to listen a few more times.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:46 (three years ago) link

It may be classic vocal house, but I like its light-luminous-breezy character so imo it compares favorably to classic house (a genre I've only brushed admittedly). Akanamali will likely remain the crowd favorite, but the rest is really consistent and agreeable, with some glorious layers and a great sense of melody. I haven't bought a CD in ages, but I'd buy this to play it in the car yeah. Impressive debut.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:45 (three years ago) link

I'll say it's a bit unfortunate to open with With You given some of the tracks that follow, it'd have made more sense to have Simmy instead of the American accent of that Canadian chick. I'm also questioning it because the latter part of the album (from Sonini to Bamthathile) sounds so strong to me, though I can't complain about Akanamali - No Stopping Us - Goodbye.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:05 (three years ago) link

If you like Akanamali, this one is for sure the closest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CedK4VtxLEI

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:29 (three years ago) link

I'm kinda addicted to 'Sengimoja' and 'Goodbye'.

Nourry, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:49 (three years ago) link

Nabozo OTM. With You is kind of hedging its bets, but overall it's a pleasant (sometimes erring on the safe/generic side) listen. The last part of the album is much more like it as far as I care so far. This'll make great BBQ music whatever happens

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:13 (three years ago) link

With You is one of the weaker tracks but it's still nice for the vocal loop that comes in at the end.

ufo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:21 (three years ago) link

Sengimoja is the one.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:18 (three years ago) link

I was listening to Sonsini and thinking how amazing it would be to be dancing to this song at sunrise and then the soft rock guitar came in and just slayed me. That one might actually be better than Akanamali.

The rest of this album = let vibes be unconfined.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:03 (three years ago) link

Sonini slightly reminds me of Time is Over (for sheer technoish sky-suspended brilliance). Qamata sonini.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:20 (three years ago) link

Okay I listened to the whole album twice while driving this morning and it's really growing on me. Still not a big fan of the first track but the rest is wonderful. Definitely great in the right context

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:08 (three years ago) link

since I rinsed Akanamali last year, I find starting on track 3 works really well

rob, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:27 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Testing the waters with the Sun-El fandom: I posted this slightly trippy SA gem on the Afropop thread, but over there no one’s biting.
https://youtu.be/J1ednPRrNH0

Zinaro ft. JB (of Thee Legacy) & Dust, “Dali Wami”

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:51 (three years ago) link

As for the S-EM album, “No Stopping Us”, which didn’t do much for me when it dropped in February alongside “Bamthathile”, really shines in the album context. It wears its generic Robin Schulziness extremely well.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:52 (three years ago) link

Every English-language voice on this is kind of unwelcome even when the music is amazing - that first track is a case in point, when she drifts into the background and the vocal loops come in it's completely sublime but before that nah.

Matt DC, Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:38 (three years ago) link

Agree on “With You” (but it’s as much the melody and the vocal itself as the English) and maybe “Life We Live”, but I’m fine with the English on “No Stopping Us” and “Goodbye”. NSU feels to me like an open invitation to play Janelle’s “Screwed” next.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 12:18 (three years ago) link

is there a way of buying this album without having to go via iTunes? I don't want a stupid iTunes format file, I want an MP3 or pref a FLAC/WAV?

Hire Planes (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 22:23 (three years ago) link

I don't know if it's available digitally in FLAC/WAV anywhere but Google Play has it in 320 mp3

ufo, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 23:06 (three years ago) link

“Sonini”, the track with Simmy and Lelo Kamau, is the new single and has a video to go with it: https://youtu.be/cFr81MqoTKw

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:57 (three years ago) link

i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

Hire Planes (dog latin), Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:20 (three years ago) link

The entire run from Sonini to the end is absolutely faultless and glorious.

Matt DC, Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:09 (three years ago) link

i'm looking forward to this being my sunny road trip album this summer

dyl, Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:30 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Album of my summer. Particularly the second half. I do wish it was available physically.

mike t-diva, Monday, 16 July 2018 08:24 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Bumping for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Jeff W, Saturday, 25 August 2018 16:58 (three years ago) link

I liked this from the git-go, but I had it on the other day and realized that it's really sunk in for me without me realizing. So many great tracks.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 25 August 2018 17:05 (three years ago) link

Simmy's album Tugela Fairy is supposed to be out sometime in the near future. hopefully there's more songs as great as Ubala on it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYT1YZxG-OU

ufo, Sunday, 26 August 2018 00:32 (three years ago) link

can confirm that this album is excellent sunny road-trip listening!!

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 16:53 (three years ago) link

"ubala" is really nice

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:02 (three years ago) link

ain't no stopping us the sun is out let's have some fun https://2c.zol-img.com.cn/product/29_1200x900/744/ceIJSwLhp0LM6.gif

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:23 (three years ago) link

i'm glad simmy will be putting out her own album

i also love lelo kamau's vocal on "goodbye" especially

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:24 (three years ago) link

yesss "sengimoja" has a video now too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4lhMWpUZVg

def another album highlight

dyl, Saturday, 8 September 2018 03:18 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Mlindo The Vocalist, the... singer who’s featured on “Bamthathile”, has his own album out (he worked with DJ Maphorisa though, not with Sun-El).

“AmaBlesser” is the hit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WWwuUeXQRg

breastcrawl, Friday, 5 October 2018 07:11 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Simmy dropped three tracks of her upcoming album. Very hard to choose between them, they’re all gorgeous, but I’m picking “Umahlalela”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1c8eD6NZyA

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 November 2018 11:01 (two years ago) link

This seems as good a place as any to post this majestic Heavy K track that's in a similar (but perhaps more euphoric) vein:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoR2UVK8OPc

Matt DC, Friday, 9 November 2018 11:14 (two years ago) link

Yes, that’s a good one.

But damn it, I can’t not post “Ngiyesaba” also. Bring it on, Simmy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koOMqVjHcKg

breastcrawl, Friday, 9 November 2018 11:44 (two years ago) link

the Simmy album is out 16 November, super excited for that, all the singles are fantastic

ufo, Friday, 9 November 2018 12:04 (two years ago) link

the three simmy tracks are all rly impressive. and "ubala" ofc is gorgeous. anticipating the album!

dyl, Saturday, 10 November 2018 20:54 (two years ago) link

“Umahlalela” is the highest scoring song of the year in The Singles Jukebox:

http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=26580

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:52 (two years ago) link

Tugela Fairy is divine, especially loving Njalo (Ufikile) and Vele Kungcono

ufo, Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:09 (two years ago) link

Jealous of your ears, ufo! I trust it to be on Spotify by tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a similarish vein, Bucie also dropped an album this week, Rebirth. It didn’t really grab me on first listen, but “Soz’ Uphinde” (which I posted on the Afropop thread a while back) is very good, and closing track “Glory” stood out as well. The highlight for me is “You Chose Me” with Yemi Alade, an unexpected delight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xsp4IzlGsc

breastcrawl, Thursday, 15 November 2018 18:56 (two years ago) link

“Umahlalela” is the highest scoring song of the year in The Singles Jukebox:
― breastcrawl, Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:52 PM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I guess I'm disappointed this is not a cover of Mahlalela (by Letta Mbulu). Though I think it's still a traditional South African "chant". I wish there was a list / anthology somewhere of these folk songs. At least ever since I heard the soundtrack of Sarafina (which I can't resist to post two from).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGpOVquHkH0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPGy8utYD0Q

Nabozo, Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:35 (two years ago) link

those simmy tracks are great

nxd, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:49 (two years ago) link

The album is on spotify now. It's good.

Frederik B, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:58 (two years ago) link

yeh it is cheers, this is lovely friday afternoon stuff

nxd, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:24 (two years ago) link

Such a wonderful album. The whole stretch from “Hamba Juba” to “Ngonile” is flawless.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 18 November 2018 22:23 (two years ago) link

Such a beautiful album.

Tim F, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:50 (two years ago) link

just been listening to it all week

nxd, Friday, 23 November 2018 09:37 (two years ago) link

ummm so i was at my 10-year high school reunion tonight (lol) and fucking "akanamali" was on the playlist at the bar where it was hosted. i freaked out slightly and actually briefly asked around as to who put the playlist together. fess up, which one of you was it?!?

dyl, Saturday, 24 November 2018 06:55 (two years ago) link

Listening to this again after a few days’ hiatus, and me totally otm:

The whole stretch from “Hamba Juba” to “Ngonile” is flawless.


That seven song sequence could very well be my favorite stretch on any album this year.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 21:23 (two years ago) link

ditto

nxd, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:30 (two years ago) link

Video for Simmy’s “Umahlalela”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h1-TgYur4g

breastcrawl, Friday, 30 November 2018 11:53 (two years ago) link

Sun-EL’s video for “Ntaba Ezikude” (featuring Simmy!) is out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttO-lvil80w

breastcrawl, Friday, 14 December 2018 06:51 (two years ago) link

Tugela Fairy also happens to be the perfect Xmas album

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 02:46 (two years ago) link

Have yourself a Simmy little Christmas!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 03:07 (two years ago) link

so much great music across these albums

dyl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 05:47 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Thee Legacy (who some of you hopefully remember from Zinaro’s “Dali Wami” I posted here last year - a classic to my ears) have a song out with Mlindo and DJ Maphorisa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENoztdJHrNQ

“Thando”

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:35 (two years ago) link

And yes people, this thread doubles as the Simmy thread. Perhaps a mod can change the title accordingly? How do these things work?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:37 (two years ago) link

Good idea. Just start a new thread on this board: https://www.ilxor.com/ILX/NewAnswersControllerServlet?boardid=56

rob, Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:26 (two years ago) link

"Thando" is lovely

ufo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:57 (two years ago) link

very nice

dyl, Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:35 (two years ago) link

Does anyone know if there's any place outside SA where I could buy a physical copy of the Simmy album? Or even a FLAC version of it? I tried to look for it but it seems the CD is only available in local record stores that don't deliver internationally, and even the digital version can only be bought in places like Amazon, which only sell MP3s.

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:49 (two years ago) link

Will definitely be looking for it when I’m off to Cape Town in two weeks.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:50 (two years ago) link

Oh man, where are you located normally? If it's not too much to ask, I'd be willing to pay you via Paypal for the CD + mailing it to Finland + a bit extra for your troubles, if you'd manage to get a me a copy too?

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:57 (two years ago) link

I’m in Oslo, so that shouldn’t be impossible. Will see what I can do!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 31 January 2019 07:59 (two years ago) link

There’s a shop on Waterfront that should have this and more iirc.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:00 (two years ago) link

Cool, thanks a bunch! If you do manage to find it, just email me at tuomast DOT alho AT gmail DOT com (yes, it's "tuomast" with a "t" in the end) and I'll pay for you for everything.

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:04 (two years ago) link

Will do!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:21 (two years ago) link

ufo, how do you feel about changing the thread title? You started this thread after all. Are you okay with it?

And what should the new title be? Keep it basic and just add “ + Simmy - Tugela Fairy”, or expand it a little?

I was thinking of “THE HOUSE OF SUN-EL: Sun-El Musician, Simmy, Mlindo The Vocalist, and other related artists”
(most of the Mlindo talk has been on the Rolling thread, but it would be a good fit obviously - and Samthing Soweto has an album coming out soon too, as someone mentioned on the roll out thread)

Or we could just go for “Sun-El and Simmy-lar stuff” lol

Any thoughts?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 31 January 2019 08:30 (two years ago) link

changing the title to include Simmy seems like a sensible idea and i'm all for it, but if we want a thread to encompass the broader scene then maybe making a new rolling south african pop thread to encompass this stuff as well as gqom etc. would be a good idea? that's up to you though, since that'd be splitting off from the afropop thread where that discussion's mostly taken place up until now.

ufo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:20 (two years ago) link

I think this is a decent sleeper shout to top the albums poll this year, there are a lot of records that are in with a shout but the love this one generates is huge.

Matt DC, Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:40 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGurSnJozu4

anyway with the title change, here's "Mobi Dixon - Abantu ft. Samthing Soweto". going to have to check out Mobi Dixon's album from last year based on this, it's very upbeat afrohouse

ufo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 09:45 (two years ago) link

Cool! I actually like that this thread is kind of limited in scope. In a perfect ILM world we would have separate Rolling South African, Rolling Nigerian, Rolling Ghanaian, Rolling East African, etc etc threads, but with the current level of participation/enthusiasm being what it is, one catch-all Rolling Afropop thread is enough imho. We do branch out a bit when necessary with things like the Wizkid and Burna threads anyway (and with this one obviously).

breastcrawl, Thursday, 31 January 2019 10:31 (two years ago) link

like the new thread title

the mobi dixon track is really nice, reminds me a lot of mj though i'm not sure why. i like pretty much everything that comes out of this scene, even though i tend to be hit and miss on afrobeats in general

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Thursday, 31 January 2019 14:37 (two years ago) link

Useful (and possibly overlooked) post by kruezer2 on the Top 77 Tracks rollout thread:

"akanamali" definitely crossed over from tsj. the discussion on his album's thread has been reasonably active all year so i think simmy's music must have come up there quite shortly after being released, no tsj-acclaim needed.

"amablesser" was nominated btw, so it could still make it! (tho honestly i doubt it would place above "ubala" et al.) i nominated it but didn't end up having room for it on my ballot lol.

"banomoya" might be my favorite of all the songs i hadn't heard before from this poll so the post upthread stating that it was a big hit in south africa tells me that i should probably just start listening to south african radio already

― dyl, Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:30 AM (eight hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

“AmaBlesser” was a big pop hit there too (just like “Akanamali” itself, the other Sun-El singles did very well too). The Mlindo and Simmy albums are both currently top 10 streaming in SA. It’s actual popular music. Finding the right radio station would be a treat, no doubt!

xp

― breastcrawl, Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:51 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i listen to a couple durban stations online at times. try Ukhozi 90.8 FM or Gagasi 99.5. i don't know any stations in Joburg or Capetown though.

― Will (kruezer2), donderdag 31 januari 2019 15:43 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 February 2019 02:33 (two years ago) link

Like most people, I have a bunch of playlists where I park stuff as I find it, themed playlists, on the go yadda yadda - all that 'halfway house' shit that has cropped up since streaming. This stuff is having quite the effect on me and I don't know where to put it: I kind of want an exclusive 'light caught in a slow falling drop of moisture as the sun comes out after a rain shower' micro-playlist. 'Ubala' is fucking perfect.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Saturday, 2 February 2019 11:14 (two years ago) link

Tugela Fairy is just heaven. Wish I could have put in a vote for it.

jmm, Saturday, 2 February 2019 22:25 (two years ago) link

^^this. Umahlalela made it onto my singles ballot but didn't have time to check out the rest of the album - would definitely have voted for it if I had it.

Roz, Sunday, 3 February 2019 06:01 (two years ago) link

did not realise until now that DJ Maphorisa co-produced Drake's "One Dance" lol

ufo, Sunday, 3 February 2019 11:31 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARR3R2ZR3ms

this is a really lovely track "Linda" from Sjava who is featured on Mlindo's "Egoli" and was also on the Black Panther soundtrack, it's similar to Mlindo's music but with sun-drenched sax the whole way through

currently listening to his album from December Umqhele and it's alright but he has a tendency to let tracks go on for far longer than they really need to and i definitely prefer the chill r&b tracks to the relatively generic trap ones

ufo, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 10:38 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og6eukgNU8w

Mobi Dixon's album 10 Steps Forward is really great on first listen. it starts off in smooth SA house territory with the 9 minute title track (above) which is a real highlight, and tracks like an extended mix of "Abantu" (linked earlier), before moving into harder-hitting gqom for the middle of the album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgzCjXH08zA
"Kwanele"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z7-oh3RFBI
"Closer"

ufo, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 13:05 (two years ago) link

Sjava interview on the Fader starts out with a o_O

You just dropped an album about a month ago, how has it been?

I think people like it. But I didn’t like it. It’s the label that decided to drop it. I was not ready.

Are you serious?

I think it’s the whackest thing I’ve ever done.

https://www.thefader.com/2019/01/23/sjava-has-a-contagiously-spiritual-take-on-trap

rob, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:32 (two years ago) link

lol omg. i'll def have to listen

"one dance" is a good song!

dyl, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 05:12 (two years ago) link

Proudly presenting the brand new Prince Kaybee. It’s a bit of a throwback to the sound of his first album, so it actually fits on this thread:

https://open.spotify.com/track/2ngzqhj2QhOvrzSoX8svO6?si=YNL8Oup3Tluib0KsSIuTTw

Prince Kaybee ft. Msaki • Fetch Your Life

breastcrawl, Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:15 (two years ago) link

was listening to Sjava and I realized I recognized his voice from the Black Panther soundtrack. The song he's on "Reasons," has a couple of American rappers on it, but it seems like Sjava's is the dominant style: https://youtu.be/6fdcVfj9iCk

simmy simmy ya, simmy yam simmy yay (voodoo chili), Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:38 (two years ago) link

d'oh the song on the BP soundtrack is called "Seasons" and features the rapper Reason.

Anyway, I dove into the Sjava album and it's taking over my world right now. Sjava not otm

sun-kil moonsician (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:41 (two years ago) link

To be fair to the guy, he wraps the interview up like this:

So, in an ideal world, looking at the album as it is, what would you tweak?

Nothing really. It is what it is.

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:51 (two years ago) link

I’m still stuck at that Umphako EP he was talking about, “Intombi” in particular.

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:07 (two years ago) link

I organized a small battle between two of my favourite tracks right now. It’s over here: Gqompetition time: two songs, two videos - QDOT vs SHADO M
Feel free to take a look and participate!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:25 (two years ago) link

This is a great track, and yes, it’s from 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SouSlSTixyM

Kaylow feat. DJ Mdix • Isgubhu

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 February 2019 19:10 (two years ago) link

But who am I kidding? I really came to post these mixes Sun-El did for South African radio station 5FM. I just found out he did three 30-minute mixes, one in December and two just recently. And guess what, most of it is new stuff: some instrumental tracks, several tracks with Simmy (!), and some remixes of stuff by others (such as Black Coffee). It’s a lot to take in! (let me just say I can’t wait for him to drop “Indodana” featuring Berita.)
I will post the links from his Soundcloud (which include track listings). The mixes (01 and 03 at least) can also be found on YouTube.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 February 2019 19:46 (two years ago) link

ah, thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 February 2019 14:36 (two years ago) link

Has ILM gone into hibernation, apart from forks?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:59 (two years ago) link

that first mix in particular is real good btw; i appreciate the My House opening.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:16 (two years ago) link

I can't find the tracklists?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:11 (two years ago) link

Sorry, the first mix has no tracklist, the others do though, and...

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:16 (two years ago) link

MIX 01: https://soundcloud.com/sun-el-sithole/sun-el-musician-5-fm-mix

01. 00:00 Jeremy Soule - The Streets Of Whiterun (Sun-EL Edit)
02. 02:50 (06:21) Sun-EL Musician Feat. Simmy - That's the way love goes
03. 07:00 Sun-EL Musician Feat. Berita - Indodana
04. 12:19 Sun-EL Musician - Unknown
05. 15:19 Simmy - Nawe
06. 19:07 Sun-EL Musician - Van Damm

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:17 (two years ago) link

great stuff, thanks breastcrawl

nxd, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:32 (two years ago) link

Not sure this is the right place for it, but this is an amazing piece of music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXz0V-jOte8

Kabza De Small ft. Leehleza • Amabele (Shaya)

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 March 2019 22:42 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

This is the most beautiful thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkKjvQ8PYd4

Tresor ft. Msaki • Sondela

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:36 (two years ago) link

very pretty. all this music is very pretty, perfect early summer ~vibes~

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:17 (two years ago) link

wow that's great. I was listening to the Mlindo album walking around yesterday and thinking I should bump this thread to check if I've missed anything new

rob, Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:22 (two years ago) link

Yep good summer vibes. Listening to the full Tresor album now. So Sun-El isn't involved with this at all? Are Tresor and Sun-El in same collective or something? Not questioning this being shouted out in this thread, just curious if there's a connection other than sonic/regional.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:57 (two years ago) link

No, in this case it’s just the sonic/regional connection. To me, this song is most at home here, whereas I feel the harder South African club sounds (gqom, most notably) are better suited for the Afropop thread, but it’s all quite arbitrary.

Also, there is no official Sun-El collective as such. Simmy has worked exclusively with him so far, but Mlindo for instance, even though he got his break with a Sun-El track, had DJ Maphorisa produce his album.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:50 (two years ago) link

Gotcha, thanks for the info, and keep posting these!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:08 (two years ago) link

this is the one i've had on repeat for a couple months now. just a gorgeous mix of sounds worthy of loud listening.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdiUZOXzlKo

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:14 (two years ago) link

Sjava rules!

Reminder that everything that’s posted here is also included on ILM’s official Rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019 Spotify playlist.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:32 (two years ago) link

that Tresor track is really nice, will have to check out the album.

ufo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:56 (two years ago) link

Chapter 2 : Myself and @Ami_faku present to you our latest offering “into ingawe” which drops this Friday, Taken from my upcoming project. #EWM #intoingawe pic.twitter.com/nsbZci42WO

— Sun-EL Musician (@SunELMusician) June 3, 2019

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:17 (two years ago) link

excited!

dyl, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:53 (two years ago) link

Beautiful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGls9e8ARf8
Sun-El Musician ft. Ami Faku • Into Ingawe

Also this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK5Ib30HRLQ
Mthunzi • Vuka

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 June 2019 06:21 (two years ago) link

Thanks a lot for Sondela guys. Also following on Sjava.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIl1MbWiCXA

Nabozo, Friday, 7 June 2019 16:53 (two years ago) link

Big wow at Into Ingawe, his skills in production are not getting any less than heavenly.

Nabozo, Friday, 7 June 2019 17:00 (two years ago) link

new single is glorious.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 7 June 2019 19:35 (two years ago) link

Today my wife stopped at Sondela's clip and said "Msaki ? Is that her ? She used to come and perform at our house in Melville" but I wasn't there for those nights. We also found out that Simmy has the same flowery dress in Sonini as the one we bought at Mr Price. Cool little details.

Nabozo, Saturday, 15 June 2019 16:02 (two years ago) link

This is gorgeous:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckfE8JaMB74

Naima Kay • Soka Lami

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:37 (two years ago) link

<3

nxd, Monday, 24 June 2019 11:03 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Posting the hit track from the pretty magnificent Scorpion Kings EP (but at 12 tracks and 76 minutes you’re free to call it an album) by DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small here because it features Samthing Soweto, the voice on/of Sun-El’s “Akanamali”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUGwOLpjkEw
DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small ft. Samthing Soweto & MFR Souls • Amantombazane

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:04 (two years ago) link

Not all of the tracks fit on this thread, but this one does, I think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwIRUtP1n6I

DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small ft. Shasha • We’Mama

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:08 (two years ago) link

Thanks to whoever posted Sondela, it's now my most-listened track of 2019. So smooth, so beautiful!

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 22 July 2019 21:35 (two years ago) link

it’s a pleasure

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:30 (two years ago) link

Live version of “Sondela”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JqPm4Nh5e4

And another, choreographed, one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcBPIhOdsbw

breastcrawl, Sunday, 28 July 2019 16:34 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Simmy’s “Ngiyesaba” has a video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPbMvHmguX0

Hopefully she’ll be releasing some new material soon too.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:50 (two years ago) link

I only recently first heard this gorgeous song by sometime Sjava collaborators Blaq Diamond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFSEQB4e-sk
Blaq Diamond • Emzini Kababa

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:51 (two years ago) link

New song by Samthing Soweto, the voice of “Akanamali”. I love the organ on this - whether it’s amapiano that’s bringing back those sounds or not, I’m all for it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FnBANZlxRs
Samthing Soweto ft. Makhafula Vilakazi • Omama Bomthandazo

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:52 (two years ago) link

yeah that's lovely

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:06 (two years ago) link

that is fantastic!

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:25 (two years ago) link

Am I right in assuming you guys are talking about the last track? (I’m not sure, because I posted three back to back)

breastcrawl, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:43 (two years ago) link

oh yeah I meant Samthing

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:45 (two years ago) link

incidentally, I just discovered Samthing's live version of Akanamali on Spotify and, while not quite as exciting as the original, it certainly bears a listen
https://open.spotify.com/track/693K8eGMOzma4EMkAQG1IU?si=xfSOenlrR3G6QwI0XA51bQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNXejqHIB3U

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 19 August 2019 15:37 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

New Samthing Soweto out today!
https://open.spotify.com/album/4sO9GxYupSVEJ3rRsaVpnd?si=ocOtZlmDT_u51k_39CjQcQ

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 17:04 (one year ago) link

Yes, it’s wonderful. A mix of amapiano jams with Kabza De Small & Maphorisa, expanding on their massive (in every sense) Scorpion Kings album, on which Samthing had the biggest track, “Amantombazane” (see upthread) - like this one, the current number one song in South Africa:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzNquFNqfrw
Samthing Soweto ft. Shasha
* Akulaleki

...and more (musically) soulful stuff, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=755S1qfwnD4
Samthing Soweto • Umuhle Uyasabeka

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:39 (one year ago) link

This is him doing his current big amapiano songs live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB59E2r1F9s

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:40 (one year ago) link

(Samthing also has a song - well, an interlude - on the new Kindness album btw)

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:41 (one year ago) link

all the early singles from the album are pretty great (though i can maybe do without the "happy birthday" cash grab)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 17:41 (one year ago) link

Yeah, agreed, “Happy Birthday” is the weakest link here.

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:50 (one year ago) link

Wow, Akulaleki is one of the best songs I've heard all year

Frederik B, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:10 (one year ago) link

...which means you’ll have to check out Scorpion Kings as well, fred! Apart from table posting a track on the Rolling thread no one seems to have picked up on it, but it’s just so good all the way through.

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:23 (one year ago) link

Damn both those tracks are great! Gonna add Scorpion Kings to my massive to-listen pile as well, thanks for the tip

rob, Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:58 (one year ago) link

yeah those rule, will absolutely have to check out the full samthing album as well as scorpion kings

ufo, Saturday, 28 September 2019 13:07 (one year ago) link

Yeah, Scorpion Kings is massive. Thanks breastcrawl!

Frederik B, Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:09 (one year ago) link

Another good track with Samthing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2YfbJK98Fg
Prince Bulo ft. Samthing Soweto & Kid X • Ngibuyile

breastcrawl, Saturday, 28 September 2019 21:51 (one year ago) link

That live session I posted is/s/a vibe btw (I hadn’t checked it before)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 29 September 2019 13:48 (one year ago) link

To bring the thread back to Sun-El, these are some recent tracks he produced:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_dlUT_xUIw
Sino Msolo • Intombi Yam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIwAqCUu1CY
Sino Msolo • Ndikhetha Lowa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap6N67NcUuM
Mthunzi ft. Sun-El • Insimbi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAFKjNzjT1I
Ami Faku ft. Sun-El • Ndivulele

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 08:48 (one year ago) link

oh wow "Ndivulele" is incredible and "Intombi Yam" and "Ndikhetha Lowa" are lovely too

thank you very much for staying on top of all of this

ufo, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 11:16 (one year ago) link

ta, ufo. That Ami Faku track is from her album, which I have yet to listen to in full.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 11:38 (one year ago) link

yeah, great stuff!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 October 2019 16:36 (one year ago) link

Lots of new South African stuff of potential interest to the followers of this thread was posted yesterday on the Rolling Afropop etc. thread. More or less arbitrarily, I’m posting this one here. More of the same, you might say, but it’s all (so) good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ksYAZsuLI
MFR Souls ft. DJ Maphorisa, ShaSha & Kabza De Small • Love You Tonight

breastcrawl, Saturday, 12 October 2019 16:56 (one year ago) link

samthing album is so beautiful

nxd, Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:01 (one year ago) link

yes, it’s like every time I’m playing it a new song starts revealing itself. today it happened with “Nodoli”.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 12 October 2019 21:14 (one year ago) link

On the cover of the Rolling Stone (well, not quite).

breastcrawl, Monday, 14 October 2019 07:10 (one year ago) link

Is it too early to call all of this a beauty spree?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-rV1PZCGmA
Sha Sha ft. Samthing Soweto • Abondaba

(from a forthcoming EP? album? apparently - I posted her (and Maphorisa & Kabza’s) amapiano cover of “Sing It Back” on the Moloko thread)

breastcrawl, Friday, 18 October 2019 07:21 (one year ago) link

latin beats now! would love it if amapiano bodied into that market.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 18 October 2019 16:06 (one year ago) link

Another Sha Sha beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp0g1BwWJMY

Sha Sha ft. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small • Tender Love

breastcrawl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 21:28 (one year ago) link

From Amanda Black’s new album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENgHVn9clu8
Amanda Black ft. Ami Faku • Khumbula

breastcrawl, Monday, 28 October 2019 21:26 (one year ago) link

really like "khumbula", will have to check out the album

ufo, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:04 (one year ago) link

Sha Sha/ShaSha is on all the good tracks these days, and Blossom, her 8-track debut EP, is absolutely wonderful. Apart from the tracks already posted upthread, I’m in love with the three songs in the middle, “Emazulwini”, “Mutare” and “Water”.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 November 2019 20:51 (one year ago) link

Yeah, really lovely ep! Kinda love the Moloko cover.

Frederik B, Sunday, 3 November 2019 21:33 (one year ago) link

A year on, the Simmy album is still as magical as ever.

“Hamba Jumba” is the track that has secretly become my favourite: http://www.youtube.com/1srBiDlE9rE

Actually, “Nawe” has a video now, which is nice of course, but I’d love to hear something new from her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7jB36jPcUQ

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:35 (one year ago) link

“Hamba Jumba” again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1srBiDlE9rE

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:41 (one year ago) link

that’s “Hamba JUBA”. doing really nicely here...

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:43 (one year ago) link

yeh my personal fav but what a record

nxd, Friday, 15 November 2019 14:43 (one year ago) link

it really is. Would love to hear she has something new coming out before 2020...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 November 2019 17:32 (one year ago) link

finally got around to the Sha Sha EP (it's long enough to be an album really) and it's fantastic as expected

ufo, Saturday, 16 November 2019 01:05 (one year ago) link

The Blossom EP might top all my year lists. Her voice is amazing. And I still can't get enough of Kabza de Small's productions.

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 12:49 (one year ago) link

Mutare is in Shona btw.

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:31 (one year ago) link

the Amanda Black album is really fantastic too

ufo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:51 (one year ago) link

“Into Ingawe” is still gorgeous. There’s a video now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKaCbh8dqC8

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:16 (one year ago) link

More from the Sun-El realm:

Mamela, the debut album by Sun-El protégé Sino Msolo is very good. I posted the first two singles a while back, this is his latest video (for one of the least Sun-Elly tracks):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KprQC0F-7oU
Sino Msolo • Kaso

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:51 (one year ago) link

S-Tone (a guest vocalist on both Africa to the World and Tugela Fairy) also has an EP out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TtxUQXSObY
S-Tone • Imbizo

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:52 (one year ago) link

that Kaso is a jam, thanking you breastcrawl

rob, Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:54 (one year ago) link

new videos for Akulaleki and AmaDM here and for Lotto on the way for Samthing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlxDqJu6eUE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35JcVWV6PiY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jky2fBbfr4M

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:49 (one year ago) link

all of this stuff is going to be a godsend today, a good vibes IV drip

Simon H., Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:18 (one year ago) link

Speechless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TFqhCvLuTg
DJ Stokie ft. Loxion Deep & Kabza De Small • Senorita

breastcrawl, Friday, 13 December 2019 23:50 (one year ago) link

wow that's utterly sublime

ufo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 06:21 (one year ago) link

I listed this in my most recent 11 favourite songs of the moment, fuck, but I never actually posted it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWm3qf5LD-g

DJ Sonic SA ft. Manqonqo & Tonic Jazz • Endlini

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 13:47 (one year ago) link

This is so beautiful. It’s South African - but in a more “international” house style. There might be a better thread for it, I’d like to know, I’ll post it there too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0qE7s4Iylo
J Maloe ft. Heidi B & Ceega wa Meropa • It Is Time

breastcrawl, Sunday, 22 December 2019 03:07 (one year ago) link

Another gorgeous KabZamthing, from the new The Return of the Scorpion Kings album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U98dgh9NSI4
Kabza De Small x DJ Maphorisa ft. Samthing Soweto • Chuze

(check the Rolling Afropop thread for more)

breastcrawl, Monday, 23 December 2019 23:30 (one year ago) link

Because I love it/her so:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYaH-Fa6Sjw

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 08:26 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Video for “Tender Love”, Sha Sha’s very first:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWrvCe5n4tE

Remember to vote🔸for the Blossom EP!

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:31 (one year ago) link

Just noticed the YouTube link for this is broken:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbpv1TajH-o
DJ Stokie ft. Loxion Deep & Kabza De Small - Senorita

Spotify link. It’s votable🔶 material.

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 January 2020 22:48 (one year ago) link

I posted it elsewhere already, but it belongs here too: my playlist with all the South African tracks and albums that were nominated for the EOY.

First 36 out of the 37 nominated tracks (Heavy K’s “Yebo Mama” is missing), from “Sondela” to “John Cena”, and after that the 9 nominated albums, from Sho Madjozi back down to Tresor.

ILM 2019 EOY🇿🇦SOUTH AFRICA

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 January 2020 23:01 (one year ago) link

mthunzi's "insimbi", a v nice track that was shared upthread a few months ago, now has a video out to accompany the release of his debut album selimathunzi just now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE82RA6ziaA

album also includes last year's "vuka" and "ngibambe la" + the more recent cut "elentulo"

dyl, Friday, 24 January 2020 04:59 (one year ago) link

It also has a track with Simmy - and this beautiful song with Ami Faku, “Uyathandeka”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo8mZjM666c

It’s quite a long album (16 tracks). Some of the best tracks are in the final section.

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:43 (one year ago) link

randomly revisited "akanamali" tonight -- years later, still tremendous.

dyl, Saturday, 25 January 2020 08:37 (one year ago) link

Sha Sha “Tender Love” : this is great! thanks to the tracks poll I'm trying to get a bit more up to speed on African pop today and wow! I'm just listening to the Africa Now playlist on apple music. this is what I hear out in my quartier, now I can begin to put names to the sounds.

juntos pedemos (Euler), Saturday, 1 February 2020 11:04 (one year ago) link

the whole sha sha album, blossom, is great

ufo, Saturday, 1 February 2020 11:19 (one year ago) link

New 2020 song featuring one of the new voices of 2019:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmzlI8t81NI

Prince Kaybee ft. Shimza, Black Motion & Ami Faku • Uwrongo

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 17:40 (one year ago) link

Euler, you might also want to try the track “We’Mama” on DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small’s Scorpion Kings album, which was the first time I heard Sha Sha. Gorgeous song. I would be over the moon if that album places in the Albums 77 next week (besides Sha Sha’s and Samthing Soweto’s own albums).

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:40 (one year ago) link

wrote and deleted a few "more like Urighto" joeks, but anyway that is a lovely tune

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:58 (one year ago) link

That iron still very hot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TPab7xaeP0

Kabza de Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Samthing Soweto, Aymos, Mas Musiq & Myztro • Emcimbini

KdSXDJM dropped YET ANOTHER album this weekend (it's an Apple Music exclusive for now).

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 February 2020 13:21 (one year ago) link

Added to library. Even though I'm not done with Return at all, sigh.

Frederik B, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:00 (one year ago) link

Listening to Umuthi, the new Blaq Diamond album rn and it’s a treat. “Love Letter”, the new single is beautiful (and there’s also the very lovely “P.S.”!) Mind, there’s nothing house about this, think Sjava and maybe Mlindo.

The video version of “Love Letter” adds 1’30 to the song, but be warned: it’s NSFW, as it contains lots of graphic violence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNIXUsFM9AQ

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 February 2020 22:36 (one year ago) link

The new Kabza x Maphorisa album is now on Spotify (the album is showing up empty for me, but you can find the individual tracks by searching for “Kabza” plus “live”).

Listening to “eMcimbini” with Samthing (see my earlier post) and it’s just amazing to me how these guys collectively keep coming up with new ways of beautiful.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 22:08 (one year ago) link

update: the full album is there now, no further need for workarounds

breastcrawl, Thursday, 6 February 2020 08:11 (one year ago) link

randomly revisited "akanamali" tonight -- years later, still tremendous.

That song is transcendent perfection.

octobeard, Thursday, 6 February 2020 09:51 (one year ago) link

Wow “Dubai” on the first Scorpion Kings is wiiiild

rob, Friday, 7 February 2020 00:06 (one year ago) link

The new Scorpion Kings Live is niiiice

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 7 February 2020 08:33 (one year ago) link

iiii-iiii aaa-aaaa iiii-iiii-iya

emcimbiiiini

I’m in love with this song

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:39 (one year ago) link

eMcimbini is hands down my favourite song of the year thus far. I always sing along with the "piano-pi-a-noooo" part.

So is this the amapiano thread now or is that still the baby are you coming thread? Unsure where to gush about this stuff.

I am also very much into Luuu Nineleven and Daliwonga's Friends With Benefits. That guitar!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW8f8RDrVPw

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 15 February 2020 22:46 (one year ago) link

*Luu

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 15 February 2020 23:04 (one year ago) link

110% cosign on “eMcimbini”, my song of the year so far as well.

That Luu Nineleven jam is nice - is it a guitar or a keyboard tho?

as for where to accommodate piano, it’s up for grabs, I suppose - meaning: I don’t really know. I’m inclined to reserve this thread for the more deep-housey/vocalistic & melodious/radio-friendly (as in SA FM) type tracks and post the more clubby/shouty-MC-assisted/“ratchety” amapiano stuff on the BATC? thread.
(similarly, I posted Sha Sha’s boppy “Water” on the Rolling Afropop thread instead of here)

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:02 (one year ago) link

Meanwhile, loving this gorgeous track off the brand new De Mogul SA album Lessons. Not on YouTube yet, so click here for the Spotify link.

Track info: De Mogul SA ft. Eminent Fam • Ndiza Nam

There is a video for “Ndiphelele” with Natalia Mabaso tho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg7DNu9mM9A
(but do check the full album version for the fantastic final 40 seconds of the outro!)

A lot of the album is very soulful, but closing track “Na Ku Radza” is a prime amapiano banger, so on the “Baby Are You Coming?” thread it goes.

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:05 (one year ago) link

Aight, let’s move the amapiano stuff to the rolling afro thread then!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:05 (one year ago) link

And idk, it starts off sounding like a guitar - that twang is difficult to accomplish with a keyboard, no - before loving into what definitely sounds like keys, then back again to the twang. It may be keys all the time, but it’s mesmerizing noen the less.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:09 (one year ago) link

Aight, let’s move the amapiano stuff to the rolling afro thread then!

― human and working on getting beer (longneck), maandag 17 februari 2020 21:05


Not sure if you're joking, I meant to say that I look at it on a track-to-track basis. Amapiano of the "Akulaleki" kind is at home here, but "Labantwana Ama Uber"s aren't. And Sha Sha's "Water" isn't amapiano to begin with, nor is it Sun-El'ly, but it's definitely afroboppy.

In short, this thread -imvho- is a thread for Beauties; Bops and Bangers belong elsewhere.

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:22 (one year ago) link

just a rule of thumb, nothing set in stone, pinch of salt, et cetera.

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:27 (one year ago) link

Only half-joking, I’m afraid. I do find the division between beauties and bangers to be somewhat... academic? I mean, these tracks mix well enough and belong to adjacent subgenres and sometimes even to the same genre. So maybe just maybe we need a SA thread? Or a dedicated Amapiano thread? Idk.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 17 February 2020 20:30 (one year ago) link

Not sure about academic, but I’m aware it’s not at all clear-cut and a bit arbitrary. Still, and very still, I’d argue that this particular thread (which wasn’t even started by me, so who am I to talk) has kept a remarkably unified musical feel over the years. It’s never become a catch-all thread for SA music, people seem to know what fits and what doesn’t and seem to appreciate it all the more for it - and that’s the beauty of it (pun pretty much intended). I’m thinking it should stay that way?

And yeah, it’s kinda ironic. I was quite resistant towards balkanising the Rolling thread for the longest time and now here I am splitting hairs about differences within genres from one country.

The thing is tho, most of these threads start almost organically, and while a Rolling SA thread would be very nice in principle, we already have this thread and the BAYC? one doing what they’re doing and/or ready to be repurposed.

I do definitely want to start a dedicated thread for “eMcimbini” tho lol!

(and in case this was somehow misunderstood, afaic “Friends With Benefits” feels right at home on this here Sun-El thread)

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:21 (one year ago) link

Let’s start an emcimbini thread, then! We can put all of the Kabza stuff in there AND lobby for it as song of the year in time for the next poll. Win win! Lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:38 (one year ago) link

piano! piano!

||||||||, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 11:21 (one year ago) link

have something in the works, should be up this evening

xp

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 13:02 (one year ago) link

Claudio x Kenza are signed to Sun-El’s label. They’re producers in their own right, but this track from their upcoming album seems to have the Sun-El touch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0E4cfXRd-U
Claudio x Kenza ft. Mpumi • Yasha Imizi

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:04 (one year ago) link

it warms my heart in these days of Simmy shortage

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:33 (one year ago) link

This is mind-blowing stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9KcFMrcnd0
The Scientists DJ ft. Aymos • Imphumelelo

(The artwork just says "The Scientists" btw - Aymos is the OTHER voice on "Emcimbini")

The Amapiano Remix is its own spectacular thing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9KcFMrcnd0

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 23:06 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5B17Lb1OGE

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 23:06 (one year ago) link

yasha imizi is a sugar cloud

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:15 (one year ago) link

Sorry (not sorry) for spamming these threads with Aymos material (see the 🎹thread🎹), but he’s on some really good tracks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKGUTz8-dYw
DJ C-Live ft. Aymos & Gobi Beast • Potential

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:23 (one year ago) link

Made a pseudo-pan-African-pop/not-pop playlist for the rolling afro 2020 thread and all Afro-adjacent threads, generously defined. It’s already 105 tracks deep, so enjoy!

ILM rolling ✳️all-inclusive✳️ afro 2020

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:38 (one year ago) link

The Claudio x Kenza album is out, featuring actual Simmy vibes on “Ziyon”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTguCvsLk28

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 February 2020 07:13 (one year ago) link

dang, i will be getting that album now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 17:30 (one year ago) link

Posted about Mhaw Keys’s fantastic The Outcast EP on the “Baby Are You Coming?” thread - deeep amapiano house.

But in a surprising twist, Kabza is on the only non-piano track (with Sha Sha):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo27b3bQSn0
Mhaw Keys ft. Kabza De Small, Howard & Sha Sha • Lebala Kanna

breastcrawl, Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:39 (one year ago) link

i'm amazed i still haven't listen to the sha sha ep, i ought to fix that asap

dyl, Monday, 2 March 2020 05:52 (one year ago) link

A new Mlindo song - it's been a while:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZcfLCn9acU

Mlindo The Vocalist ft. Masiano & Vusi Nova • Yekela

breastcrawl, Saturday, 7 March 2020 13:13 (one year ago) link

that's an odd one.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:15 (one year ago) link

in what say?

breastcrawl, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:34 (one year ago) link

way

breastcrawl, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:34 (one year ago) link

Feels self-consciously folksy and radio friendly. also, not very good?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 22:47 (one year ago) link

Sha Sha live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVOhfXnC7BI

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:28 (one year ago) link

just for the vibes

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:33 (one year ago) link

any and all vibes much appreciated at this time

rob, Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:44 (one year ago) link

Two current favourites:

DJ Ex ft. Imasterz & Freeza Beats • Yini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqmFamjk2Kg

Donald ft. Mvzzle • Black Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1PNRdHs2Y0

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 16:25 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn5ilPuC2KE

King Monada ft. Madumane, Kabza De Small & Sha Sha • Lerato Fela

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 22:22 (one year ago) link

some good news:

San’bonani! Hope your’ll safe & ready for my new single Ngihamba Nawe feat. Sino Msolo coming this Friday! 🌻☺️ #NgihambaNawe #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/HjmdxO0Bb6

— Simmy (@simmymusicsa) March 25, 2020

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 22:16 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaaiX3FEpRw

Simmy ft. Sino Msolo • Ngihamba Nawe

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 08:18 (one year ago) link

need to catch up on this and the general afro thread but the new simmy track is lovely. about 90 seconds in when it really fills up is wonderful

ufo, Friday, 27 March 2020 09:44 (one year ago) link

beautiful

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Friday, 27 March 2020 10:15 (one year ago) link

that's really lovely

rob, Friday, 27 March 2020 12:55 (one year ago) link

I don't remember which thread had Prince Kaybee's "Uwrongo" on it, but that is also sounding balm-like this morning

rob, Friday, 27 March 2020 13:04 (one year ago) link

so much of this music has that effect!

have you tried the DJ Neptizzle Amapiano Mix that longneck posted on the “Emcimbini” thread?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 13:10 (one year ago) link

not yet, but I will right now :)

rob, Friday, 27 March 2020 13:14 (one year ago) link

Liking this, and I missed the "Uwrongo" recommendation initially so thanks for that Rob!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:11 (one year ago) link

uwrongo is the fuckin' jam

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 March 2020 17:07 (one year ago) link

some kind of wonderful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnPExiWK6Gg
Mobi Dixon & NaakMusiQ ft. Nichume & Blomzit Avenue • Camagu

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:03 (one year ago) link

well holy crap, is this good enough to make me cry

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:13 (one year ago) link

who's the 1st guy singing? killed it

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:32 (one year ago) link

That would be NaakMusiQ.

It’s an unfortunate choice of words though (not that you would have known), as the female singer on this, Nichume, committed suicide a year ago. I had heard about it, but didn’t realize it was her on this track until just now.

(to make matters worse, Mobi Dixon’s treatment of her -he was her label boss- apparently was a factor in this. damn, I wish I hadn’t known)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link

ugggggghhh. Thanks for the info tho.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:29 (one year ago) link

so there's a "Mzansi House" playlist on Apple Music that seems to be all this sort of stuff. Is that just their name for the playlist or is that a recognized genre name?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:32 (one year ago) link

"Mzansi" stands for South Africa.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:35 (one year ago) link

to quote a Wikipedia quote:

"Mzansi is another black urban vernacular term popular with the youth and standing for South Africa."

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:40 (one year ago) link

thanks again! (I did do a brief google and only saw that it was an obsolete term for someone who yells)

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 22:04 (one year ago) link

DJ Mdix ft. Mpumi • Ngiyazfunela: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viGvEnWMT-8

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 April 2020 23:06 (one year ago) link

Sanibonani! It’s official - on Friday the 17th of April I will be releasing my new single titled #Uhuru
17.04.2020
Please save the date #uhuru #azana✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/PD8kUS9i0H

— Sun-EL Musician (@sunelmusicianza) April 6, 2020

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 14 April 2020 21:36 (one year ago) link

excited to hear it, certainly an intriguing title

dyl, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 02:48 (one year ago) link

new fiona and new sun-el single on the same day....we are not worthy

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 03:07 (one year ago) link

Mzansi means South, aka South Africa yes, you hear it in the popular expression "no chill in Mzansi".

Nabozo, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 09:20 (one year ago) link

man, i need that sun-el right in my veins please

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 18:18 (one year ago) link

Surprise! It's gorgeous:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eig-q9wPWM
Sun-EL Musician ft. Azana • Uhuru

Sun-El is full of surprises: the new album is called To the World and Beyond.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:21 (one year ago) link

that Nile Rodgers-like guitar coda is killing me

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:45 (one year ago) link

the antidote is here

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:45 (one year ago) link

bump
boost
balm

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 April 2020 16:17 (one year ago) link

hate to say it but it's not knocking my socks off? Seems fine.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 17 April 2020 21:52 (one year ago) link

ya not feeling it either

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 April 2020 22:01 (one year ago) link

ILM, it was nice knowing ya

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 April 2020 22:02 (one year ago) link

agreed w/ the others

dyl, Saturday, 18 April 2020 02:51 (one year ago) link

The instrumental track and the singing do not really connect, I find.

Nabozo, Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:18 (one year ago) link

it's perfectly pleasant but there's nothing to really elevate it to the level of his best work and a bit too understated even for him.

ufo, Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:38 (one year ago) link

omfg this is exactly what we need right the fuck now.

It's going to take a lot to best an album as incredible and emotionally uplifting as Africa to the World. This track is lovely, and if the rest of the album is as good as this but not better I'll still be happy. He has a specific vibe that is just romantic and beautiful and does such an amazing job of giving me an "escape" and Uhuru still has that in spades.

octobeard, Monday, 20 April 2020 00:51 (one year ago) link

i don't doubt the album will be really good even if this track is a little more understated than one might have expected from a 'first single' (not that 'understated' is necessarily a bad thing in sun-el's hands)

dyl, Monday, 20 April 2020 16:46 (one year ago) link

yeah same on all points

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 02:37 (one year ago) link

I agree that it’s not as good as a “Sonini” or “Ntaba ezikude” (leaving “Akanamali” out of this, because hors catégorie), but I still think it’s gorgeous.

What puts this song over the top for me is Azana’s vocal - so earnest and affecting.
She seems to be new, she has no footprint (voicetrail?) on Spotify at all, but her Twitter tells me she has an album out in May; the snippets suggest a slightly more jazzy vibe than for instance Simmy.

But maybe y’all wanted Simmy on this?

pic.twitter.com/smpKKYLfWj

— Simmy (@simmymusicsa) April 16, 2020

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 07:40 (one year ago) link

Sweet. What I find funny with this video, is that where we hear house music (and look for certain qualities) South Africans are hearing "their" music under all the lush tapestry, chimes etc.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:08 (one year ago) link

Btw breastcrawl if you're still learning Zulu, Simmy gives her own translation of Ngihamba Nawe (or I Choose You) in the YT comments.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:15 (one year ago) link

oh nice, will have a look! (I’m not actively studying, but I’m much more alert to song titles and stuff, so I do google-translate a lot)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:37 (one year ago) link

i want simmy on basically everything.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:38 (one year ago) link

co-sign

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 16:22 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

cross-posting with the Moloko thread:

“Sing It Back”, repurposed by Samthing Soweto as a gospel workout, lyrics slighly tweaked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxuqpXRNuUM
Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army ft. Samthing Soweto • Bring It Back

Much better to watch the performance itself, starting from 55:12:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJxmbsgD-Fc

Don’t know if this version predates the much more faithful (!) Sha Sha cover or not (it looks like it was recorded last year as well) - Samthing and Sha Sha are only one step removed from each other obviously.

(Samthing is on two more (consecutive) songs earlier in the concert, “Bawo” and “Mzalwane”, from 11:28 onwards)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:17 (one year ago) link

I don't much care about Moloko, but that was extremely dope

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 22 May 2020 15:04 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA9sHZoOnok

More from Azana - Your Love which will serve as the first single of her INGOMA album. I think we had a snippet already.

Nabozo, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:54 (one year ago) link

that's just lovely! my first encounter with her, iirc, but stoked for the album now

dip to dup (rob), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:30 (one year ago) link

ah I see she's the singer on that slightly controversial Sun El track

dip to dup (rob), Saturday, 23 May 2020 12:31 (one year ago) link

This has been around for ages, but it's such a pretty song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6T-jmm8SH8
Sithelo ft. Skye Wanda • Forever

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 24 May 2020 12:23 (one year ago) link

new single on the way, this sounds nice!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k41_1rDhxpM

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 May 2020 21:53 (one year ago) link

Msaki!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 06:22 (one year ago) link

ubomi abumanga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu02NYBdsbI

monotony, Friday, 29 May 2020 02:38 (one year ago) link

oh wow the horns on this are lovely

ufo, Friday, 29 May 2020 02:47 (one year ago) link

absolutely love it

dyl, Friday, 29 May 2020 05:20 (one year ago) link

yeah, i fuck with this for sure

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 29 May 2020 14:36 (one year ago) link

DJ set by Sun-El, featuring a number of new tracks:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ6NxWLBqdE

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 1 June 2020 19:56 (one year ago) link

thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 June 2020 20:02 (one year ago) link

Azana’s second – ‘your love’ turns into ‘true love’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHlCN9YS8f4
Azana • Uthando Lwangempela

live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oh4eNjyQ_c

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 18:25 (one year ago) link

For those who can’t wait for the Azana album…

…welcome to snippet heaven!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 18:48 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4lmfem6zuA
Azana feat. Sun-El Musician - Ngize Ngifike

Nabozo, Saturday, 20 June 2020 22:48 (one year ago) link

Belatedly, "Your Love" is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard.

Tim F, Monday, 22 June 2020 02:11 (one year ago) link

All three of these Azana singles are great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 22 June 2020 20:07 (one year ago) link

dig the light touch of Jill Scott "He Loves Me" interpolation in Ngize Ngifike

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 22 June 2020 20:09 (one year ago) link

damn "ubomi abumanga" is incredible wtf... afrobeats rendered in the worldview of air france

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 23 June 2020 07:52 (one year ago) link

"Zwakala", the new Tresor, is very good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hvc-wq4nQ6w

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 09:28 (one year ago) link

good stuff!

rob, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:50 (one year ago) link

it's just another Azana Friday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSP5Tqlssw8
Azana ft. Sino Msolo • Umaqondana

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 07:57 (one year ago) link

she's amazing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 July 2020 18:18 (one year ago) link

god they sound great together, this album is promising to be stunning

rob, Friday, 3 July 2020 18:48 (one year ago) link

Now do yourselves a favour and listen to “Uhuru” again.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 19:42 (one year ago) link

I will def revisit that when the Sun-El album drops (iirc I wasn't as anti as others). Speaking of, are we looking at albums *this summer* from: Sun-El, Azana, Burna Boy, and WizKid?! Should Simmy be on that list too?

rob, Friday, 3 July 2020 19:47 (one year ago) link

oh man throw Tresor on that list too, wth

rob, Friday, 3 July 2020 19:49 (one year ago) link

Not sure about Simmy, but we’ve already had Kabza (I know). Davido also promised another album in July.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 20:30 (one year ago) link

...but yes, that new Azana track. “Umaqondana” might be my favourite so far.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 July 2020 23:37 (one year ago) link

came across this playlist on Spotify, looks like a perfect match with the music on this thread: Sunday Kind of Love by Filtr South Africa.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 5 July 2020 17:45 (one year ago) link

New Heavy K, “second single”** from a new project that is promised for 31 July. It sounds great and I'm keeping my fingers crossed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG9aNx4y9zE
Heavy-K ft. Natalia Mabaso • Uyeke

(**meanwhile previous single “Tsamaya” with Professor has disappeared from Spotify. Don’t know what’s going on between Heavy and Spotify: the tracks he dropped last year never reached it or have disappeared again, and his 2018 album and 2017 classic "Inde" are no longer there either)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 5 July 2020 21:11 (one year ago) link

that's really nice (not surprisingly for him). even the part that semi-reminded me of phil collins "another day in paradise", lol

dyl, Sunday, 5 July 2020 21:47 (one year ago) link

And guess who the public darling this year at BET is
https://www.timeslive.co.za/tshisa-live/tshisa-live/2020-06-29-taking-yano-to-the-world--zimbabwean-amapiano-star-sha-sha-wins-a-bet/

Nabozo, Saturday, 11 July 2020 18:35 (one year ago) link

very nice. no idea who votes in these things, but their respective international profiles being the way they are I would not have expected her to beat Rema.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 11 July 2020 19:15 (one year ago) link

☀️My new album TO THE WORLD AND BEYOND #ttwb will be dropping this Spring with a diversity of sound and exciting new features. This album is a colorful continuation of my debut album AFRICA TO THE WORLD. I would like to welcome you to a new chapter 📖 pic.twitter.com/JkLi2ZjsjU

— Sun-EL Musician (@sunelmusicianza) July 9, 2020

did a double take when I read this, but quickly adjusted my hemispherical bias.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 20:45 (one year ago) link

Lol same

rob, Thursday, 16 July 2020 20:54 (one year ago) link

17th of July ✨This Friday! 👑 pic.twitter.com/yWQlmQSZYz

— Azana (@azanamusic) July 15, 2020

It's out now!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:09 (one year ago) link

very hyped. not yet on US spotify tho'.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:25 (one year ago) link

give it 5h30

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:27 (one year ago) link

brace yourself for the new Niniola track as well

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:29 (one year ago) link

thumbs-up.jpeg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:30 (one year ago) link

pretty fucken psyched for this one (will check the Niniola after I'm done relistening to Smile)

rob, Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:30 (one year ago) link

you're not gonna believe this but the Azana is beautiful music

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:17 (one year ago) link

yep, it's good. A bit moodier than I was expecting in some way, and it's a lot to take in, but "Egoli" and especially "Bafazi" stood out on first pass

rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 17:26 (one year ago) link

reminded me of 90s downtempo in spots, strangely enough

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 17 July 2020 17:31 (one year ago) link

"Egoli" def had that vibe. My possibly off-base first impression is that she followed the Samthing template and the first half is less upbeat and dancey (the "moodiness") and things pick up and bliss out in the second (?)

rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 17:33 (one year ago) link

I’m at “Bafazi” and holy fuck

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 July 2020 19:23 (one year ago) link

I'm pretty sure the next two are sublime too, but I actually got halfway through Bafazi and started it over so I could relive it XD

rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 19:29 (one year ago) link

Gorgeous album, nothing much else to say rn, just gorgeous. Azana is so wonderful and commanding throughout.

I did notice that Claudio x Kenza produced the majority of the tracks, including “Egoli” and “Bafazi”, while Sun-El is credited for just four.

From this I conclude that Sun-El is not just an incredible producer with a great eye for talent but is probably a fantastic mentor as well.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 July 2020 20:42 (one year ago) link

thinking we should redirect the Jessie Ware posse to this album

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 July 2020 20:46 (one year ago) link

I need another listen, but I do wonder if this doesn't deserve its own thread

rob, Friday, 17 July 2020 20:48 (one year ago) link

this thread is goodness overglowing, so maybe yes

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 July 2020 20:59 (one year ago) link

overglowing? yes that and/or overgrowing, but I meant overflowing obv

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 July 2020 21:00 (one year ago) link

impossible not to close your eyes and let the ~vibes~ wash over on bafazi

Spottie, Friday, 17 July 2020 22:05 (one year ago) link

Isn’t that just perfectly timed? Video for “Uhuru”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09AAsYxpiJk
Sun-El Musician ft. Azana • Uhuru

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 18 July 2020 14:11 (one year ago) link

Azana - Ingoma

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 July 2020 16:26 (one year ago) link

azana album is gorgeous of course

ufo, Monday, 20 July 2020 22:59 (one year ago) link

ufo, I teleported you to the Azana thread in spirit (with your permission I hope!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:29 (one year ago) link

Love this a lot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVoEYmTQYlU
Malome Vector ft. Blaq Diamond • Dumelang

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:29 (one year ago) link

yeah that's great, can see that going straight onto replay for awhile
what's the sun-el connection if any?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 19:38 (one year ago) link

there is none. I think we strayed Mlindo > Sjava > Blaq Diamond at some point, and now we ended up here. it’s still Beautiful South African Music to me.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:01 (one year ago) link

it's awesome!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:05 (one year ago) link

Extracurricular track by Sun-El "to celebrate the 60th year anniversary of radio station Ukhozi FM".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meBtozvy3jE
Sun El Musician ft. Simmy & Khuzani • Emoyeni

Simmy's voice...

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 24 July 2020 12:36 (one year ago) link

It's so cool to hear Sotho again (Malome Vector), I like their harsh Rs which strangely remind you of Afrikaans.

Nabozo, Friday, 24 July 2020 19:50 (one year ago) link

“Emoyeni” is beautiful

Tim F, Friday, 24 July 2020 21:22 (one year ago) link

"Dumelang" shot right into my summer playlist thx

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Friday, 24 July 2020 21:25 (one year ago) link

There’s also Nobuhle. I suspect she may be featured on Sun-El’s album – this song is not on his label, but the video is promoted on the EL World TV YouTube account:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82x-9Pv3Qo8
Nobuhle • Always With Me

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 24 July 2020 21:41 (one year ago) link

nice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:31 (one year ago) link

Guys ! We've been sleeping, this is top material

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvTAFIK31B4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt6PF7FwYio
Aubrey Qwana from this year and the last

Nabozo, Sunday, 2 August 2020 16:54 (one year ago) link

He’s good! I posted an earlier track of his here last year, I think. Saw he just released an album>EP. Have you listened to it yet?

(those are “Molo” and “Uhamba Nobani” (ft. Sho Madjozi) btw)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 2 August 2020 17:05 (one year ago) link

There's an unplugged version as well. Close to Blaq Diamond and SamthingSoweto.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN_9DJ1fV14

Nabozo, Sunday, 2 August 2020 17:07 (one year ago) link

replacing dead link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV3s_GmZdD4
Sun El Musician ft. Simmy & Khuzani • Emoyeni

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 19:03 (one year ago) link

amapiano that was tailor-made for this thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gevLbx68mA
Vico Da Sporo ft. Sandile • Luthando

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:06 (one year ago) link

yeah, that's lovely

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:21 (one year ago) link

ooh gorgeous!

rob, Friday, 14 August 2020 13:25 (one year ago) link

hmm...tbc I am not cat-calling this song, I just think it's pretty

rob, Friday, 14 August 2020 13:26 (one year ago) link

Much more Heavy K than Sun-EL - it's none other than Mpumi, Miss Mzobe if you’re nasty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OBZw57sn_g
Mpumi Mzobe ft. Dj SK & Mailo Music • Sekumnandi

Can you hear the sound of that plane or whatever it is taking off?

Also, why can’t we fucking go out and dance anymore!??!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:32 (one year ago) link

will fire this up shortly.
as to why we can't dance, do I have some bad news for you...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:34 (one year ago) link

please forks don’t hurt me

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:38 (one year ago) link

but as I was gonna say:

SKY ROCKETS IN FLIGHT 🚀🚀🚀🚀
SEKUMNANDI

(GoogleTranslate it!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:40 (one year ago) link

Hypnotic track from last year I’m into right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IRzGlgFk4E
Insane Malwela ft. Mtanami & Micky • Beng'hlel Nomuntu Wami

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 21 August 2020 21:59 (one year ago) link

Singer S-Tone has an album out on Sun-El’s label, after his EP last year. Almost all the tracks are produced by Claudio and/or Kenza, there’s only one track with Sun-El himself (not my immediate favourite). There’s some amapiano-leaning tracks as well, a first in EL World, I think. Take “Kamnandzi”, for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx0ERueZWOI

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 16:32 (one year ago) link

I accidentally put a different Vico Da Sporo f. Sandile track on my afropop playlist, and it—"Umuhle Ntombi"—just came on and blew me away:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBb8-C8pIEY

"Luthando" is good too of course (I guess I'll have to find time to check out this...2 hr. long album ffs)

rob, Thursday, 27 August 2020 17:54 (one year ago) link

“Umuhle Ntombi” is the only other track I had checked out. It’s good, but I prefer “Luthando”.

Listening to his other tracks featuring Sandile now: “Buya” is all about the last two minutes when the harmonies really kick in, “Intokazi Yohlobo” is beautiful triphoppy amapiano, that beat is great. “Noyana” from *the other* album Vico da S released this year is also very very nice (wow at that vibraphone break), and “Ndod’mnyama”, Sandile’s Vico-produced solo single, is weirdly mixed but those muffled dubby handclaps remind me of the Peech Boys’ “Don’t Make Me Wait” (speaking of tracks with unexpected rock guitar!) and now I’m very happy.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:56 (one year ago) link

btw Sandile is also on a track on one of the two (sigh) excellent amapiano albums released this year so far by Future Majestics.

It really is a shame how much good music is being released on a weekly basis in South Africa alone.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:59 (one year ago) link

^^to be clear, this is not meant to be snarky, all this (potentially) great music that is being released within the various SA house genres is a blessing, but it’s quite literally impossible to keep up with

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 28 August 2020 16:24 (one year ago) link

Update: just noticed Vico Da Sporo dropped *yet another album* over the weekend, 81 minutes, 17 tracks, 6 of which with Sandile. Needless to say, I haven’t had time to listen to it yet. Where does he find it?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 31 August 2020 19:30 (one year ago) link

Anyone in need of some Simmy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwoBQ0_1QWQ

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 10:12 (one year ago) link

This is beautiful too (from last year):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82bL0AqjJlI
Nombila • Inyawo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 10:15 (one year ago) link

always more simmy please

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 14:21 (one year ago) link

This is gorgeous in every way but one:

https://youtu.be/zp0xrgdOCgw
Cassper Nyovest ft. Samthing Soweto • Friday Night

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:06 (one year ago) link

oh, YouTupaws...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp0xrgdOCgw

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:07 (one year ago) link

Okay, I will post the other Samthing track on CN’s new album too. There’s less of him this time, but I’ll take every bit of Samthing I can get and Nyovest is less intrusive on his own track here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOdtEKK8NnA
Cassper Nyovest ft. Samthing Soweto • Ngwanesu

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:08 (one year ago) link

huh, that guy also has Anthony Hamilton on this album! Unfamiliar with him.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:30 (one year ago) link

he’s one of SA’s biggest rappers

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:42 (one year ago) link

now that you mention it, i think i remember ngud

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:49 (one year ago) link

he’s also on amapiano hits like Kabza’s “Phoyisa” and “Sponono”, and “Monate Mpolaye” by DJ Sumbody.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 07:39 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Sun-El has a credit on this track on the new Black Motion album - I'm posting the performance on music show Live Amp on SA television:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbfO3iwFrQY
Black Motion ft. Sun-El Musician & Nobuhle • Hosana

(there are also tracks with Simmy, Ami Faku, Tresor and Nokwazi on the album btw, just to name a few)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:19 (eleven months ago) link

Posted this on the amapiano thread, but it fits at least as well here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0YvDXksIw8
DJ Lace ft. Khanye • Izint Ezinhle

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 October 2020 14:32 (eleven months ago) link

Mlindo the Vocalist on "Yaz Abantu" is absolutely fucking killing me right now, issa vibe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4afXKoaNIvA

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:07 (eleven months ago) link

anybody know who the other guy (not Gwamba) providing vocals on this track is?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 01:09 (eleven months ago) link

that’s wonderful. according to the YouTube comments the other singer is Masiano. he is also on “Yekela”, that Mlindo track from earlier this year (it’s somewhere upthread).

Gwamba himself is from Malawi btw.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 07:19 (eleven months ago) link

found all of five more credited features on Spotify, of which I like this recent one the best:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m65hr9-jbC4
Meez ft. Masiano & DJ Mdix • Syavana

(there are a few more tracks on YouTube, with Meez and others. he’s also a producer, this is a rap track he did, with himself on the hook.)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 08:37 (eleven months ago) link

ha, this just in: the new DJ Mdix features Mlindo and is produced by... Masiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz5KpadE7Wc
DJ Mdix ft. Mlindo the Vocalist • Cloud 9

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 08:47 (eleven months ago) link

But is any of this on a par with “Yaz Abantu”? The answer, I would think, is no, so please to proceed accordingly.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 08:48 (eleven months ago) link

(don’t get me wrong, DJ Mdix is great: check “Ngiyazfunela” with Mpumi (2020) and Kaylow’s “Isgubhu” (2017) (both posted on this thread), or the brilliant “Umvulo” with Zanda Zakuza (2016))

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 09:24 (eleven months ago) link

Good sleuthing, thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 14:11 (eleven months ago) link

In just less than 24hrs the pre-order of my upcoming album #TTWB will drop with its 3rd single “Never Never ft @nobuhlemusic

16.10.2020#NeverNever #30songs #ttwb pic.twitter.com/q8kePIxbtz

— Sun-EL Musician (@sunelmusicianza) October 15, 2020

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 15 October 2020 08:01 (eleven months ago) link

#30songs !!!

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 15 October 2020 08:01 (eleven months ago) link

New Simmy album on the way as well

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:20 (eleven months ago) link

fuckin' a.

both on friday?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:22 (eleven months ago) link

no, Friday it’s just the new Sun-El single. albums are open for pre-order, no release date given yet.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:25 (eleven months ago) link

sorry for causing overexcitement

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:31 (eleven months ago) link

still a reason to stay on this cruel planet

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 15 October 2020 18:43 (eleven months ago) link

“Never Never” is lovely, such a gorgeous slow build.

Tim F, Thursday, 15 October 2020 19:43 (eleven months ago) link

well, here’s your Taking Sides for this Friday:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ao-_htTBpk
Sun-EL Musician ft. Nobuhle • Never Never

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqdvi8AO-04
Simmy ft. Da Capo & Sun-El Musician • Emakhaya

(I’m going with Simmy here, for now)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 11:03 (eleven months ago) link

<3 that simmy tune

nxd, Friday, 16 October 2020 11:58 (eleven months ago) link

now listening to “Never Never” less cursorily, and yes, while not nearly as immediate as the Simmy track it’s gorgeous in its understatedness. the way everything swells up with the organ towards the 4-minute mark and then culminates in those horn blasts, wow!

(sure, take this out of context if you must)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 12:40 (eleven months ago) link

both good but i especially like "emakhaya"

ufo, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:04 (eleven months ago) link

Emakhaya is amazing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 16 October 2020 19:58 (eleven months ago) link

they’re both amazing, is where I’m at right now

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 20:39 (eleven months ago) link

Simmy, Tugela Fairy (Made Of Stars), 16 tracks, out Nov 6

Sun-El Musician, To The World And Beyond, 31 (!) tracks, out Dec 4

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 22:23 (eleven months ago) link

Nobuhle live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Om1iPPfex4

(the first song hasn't been released yet)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 18 October 2020 20:41 (ten months ago) link

i think i might prefer "never never" for now! but they're both essential and i can't wait for their albums

dyl, Sunday, 18 October 2020 21:46 (ten months ago) link

both gorgeous. this and the rolling afropop thread have opened me up to the best new stuff since I’ve been on ilx - thanks!

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 18 October 2020 22:21 (ten months ago) link

please don't yell at me for saying so, but the melody of some of the backing vocals in "emakhaya" reminds me of bob sinclar's "world, hold on"

dyl, Monday, 19 October 2020 00:03 (ten months ago) link

don't think even Simmy is going to yell at you, she retweeted several tweets like this:

Simmy- Emakhaya (feat. Da Capo, Sun-El Musician)

That "World hold on" humming part😭😭. pic.twitter.com/28aBpTP0C9

— Thyophò (@aphumelele_m) October 16, 2020

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 06:13 (ten months ago) link

Another one I posted on the Baby Are You Coming? thread, but I feel people here could do with some amapiano relaxation as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWo9vo9ZgvA
Kota Embassy ft. Cue • Sugar Mama

(this possibly outvibes even DJ Stokie’s “Senorita”)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:39 (ten months ago) link

oh thank goodness! xp

dyl, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:51 (ten months ago) link

lovely video for "Emakhaya":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kkdRc4FCs0

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 20:33 (ten months ago) link

fun fact: Simmy calls herself (or at least her albums) “Tugela Fairy” because she’s from Tugela Ferry in KwaZulu Natal province, a town named after the ferry across the Tugela River that operated here and has since been replaced by the steel bridge you see in the video.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 20:57 (ten months ago) link

Wow that's the heart of Zululand, it's not far off Isandlwana, and I checked, the area is King's land (Ingonyama). She's basically in the homelands stepping on the skulls of dead British soldiers :D

Nabozo, Saturday, 24 October 2020 16:26 (ten months ago) link

lol the Sun-el album is 159 mins long

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 October 2020 17:27 (ten months ago) link

he is probably the only person right now whose 159-minute-long album i would actually anticipate listening to

dyl, Saturday, 24 October 2020 18:44 (ten months ago) link

...and another one (found out through forks' October favourites list):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K09EbOCfoGU
Sun-EL Musician ft. Julia Church • Garden

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 16:59 (ten months ago) link

in songs I like better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWKoDuyuzVs
Mthandazo Gatya ft. DJ Manzo SA & Comado • Senzeni

(reminder: the non-edited version is 6'24)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 21:18 (ten months ago) link

This folky one is very pretty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tu2Wsd3AjE
Sbahle • Emlanjeni

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 21:19 (ten months ago) link

brand new video for a track from last year's S-Tone *EP* (as opposed to this year's S-Tone *album*):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYw9dfVd_oc
S-Tone ft. Simmy • Vuka Africa

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 13:29 (ten months ago) link

Sha Sha’s voice is so soothing to me on this awful day

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 18:25 (ten months ago) link

"senzeni" is really good

fully expecting the sun-el album to be too much, 31 tracks/2.5 hours is totally ridiculous

ufo, Thursday, 5 November 2020 07:08 (ten months ago) link

in case you don’t have no plans for tomorrow night:

@simmymusicsa launches her album tomorrow!!, 🌟💛 at Pmb.. Alongside @azanamusic and myself
!!
Tugela Fairy ( Made of Stars) has Arrived!! pic.twitter.com/4r1ATmOMXA

— NobuhleMusic (@NobuhleMusic) November 5, 2020

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Thursday, 5 November 2020 22:01 (ten months ago) link

ooh it's out here now and sounding great

ufo, Friday, 6 November 2020 01:35 (ten months ago) link

"konke"!

ufo, Friday, 6 November 2020 01:40 (ten months ago) link

well that's my friday listening all day then

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 6 November 2020 05:44 (ten months ago) link

listened to this once this morning, now going for seconds. it’s sounding very good indeed. it really gets going from track 5 (“Imihla nezolo”). that whole middle section is fire - a warm, comforting fire.
highlight of the first go-round for me might have been “Ngiyahamba” with Mthunzi.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 November 2020 17:05 (ten months ago) link

“Konke” is very good as well, it’s the only track produced by Claudio (of x Kenza fame)

xp to ufo

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 November 2020 17:07 (ten months ago) link

another track from the Sun-El album dropped:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a90xU2bQEZ0
Sun-El Musician ft. Ami Faku • Mandinaye

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 November 2020 19:15 (ten months ago) link

geez

that album's gonna be so good isn't it, even if it's a long double album

dyl, Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:19 (ten months ago) link

Was curious initially that this and the Simmy albums were dropping in fall/winter and then I realized in South Africa it's spring/summer - the perfect time for these records.

octobeard, Monday, 16 November 2020 01:13 (ten months ago) link

Good god Emakhaya is so gorgeous. Sun-el really has that magic touch as a producer. I cannot wait for his to drop soon. Gonna be really really nice to have some of his warmth for this cold and dark winter.

octobeard, Monday, 16 November 2020 01:22 (ten months ago) link

"mandinaye" is fantastic, wow. i sure hope he's able to keep it up for the entire 2.5 hours lol

ufo, Monday, 16 November 2020 02:24 (ten months ago) link

“December” is a really big thing in SA, it’s the festive season and the summer holidays rolled into one, so everyone is on a quest for the biggest December song.

xps

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 November 2020 19:50 (ten months ago) link

I'm just getting around to the Simmy album, and it is of course excellent. This year is honestly too much...

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:14 (nine months ago) link

It took me awhile but Simmy's Tugela Fairy LP COMPLETELY got its hooks in me over the past two weeks, making it hard to listen to anything else. There are a few clunkers ('We Were Here' and 'Time After Time') but it's pretty unassailable as a complete album. Much the same as the first one though, it required regular repeat plays to fully sink in... songs like 'Wamuhle' and 'Mabhungu,' which now feel indispensable, were kinda blah on first listen.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 19:45 (nine months ago) link

That said, I would still say 'Emakhaya' is the best of the bunch. And I'm still loving 'Yaz Abantu'! I feel like both are legit worth pushing as best of the year songs.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 19:55 (nine months ago) link

ladies x gentlemen, Claudio x Kenza:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcKHw0rtWss
Claudio x Kenza ft. Omi Kobi • Pot of Gold

see them perform it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMWGGKsfntY
Q Twins ft. Claudio x Kenza • Vuma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tz7ngRcC9w
Nobuhle ft. Claudio x Kenza • Phezulu
(not yet released, live performance)

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:25 (nine months ago) link

...and oh hey, I got a little samthing for ya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhVc2wq5JAs
Samthing Soweto ft. De Mthuda • Weekend

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:36 (nine months ago) link

this new Simmy record 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

winters (josh), Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:04 (nine months ago) link

I think “Imihla Nezolo” is my favourite track - that bass, those “hey, hey”s.

Also, Sun-El & Ami Faku’s “Mandinaye” keeps growing and growing on me. It’s so beautiful.

Running up that hill but fleeting (a deal with Gop) (breastcrawl), Saturday, 28 November 2020 16:28 (nine months ago) link

yes the simmy album is really good, shame on me for taking so long to get to it

dyl, Saturday, 28 November 2020 21:24 (nine months ago) link

I went to listen to the Simmy on hike today, typed in Simi by accident and lo and behold I like her too! (Updated highlife from what I've gathered so far)

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 29 November 2020 01:29 (nine months ago) link

just leaving this here: an online launch event for the Sun-El album that starts in 10 hours (23h15 until midnight SA time). it’s free, but you have to register your info at some event ticketing/payment company platform in order to validate your ticket, which made me decide to pass on this opportunity, but ymmv:

#ToTheWorldAndBeyon #ttwab Don’t miss out the virtual concert tonight 03/12/2020 (23:15).
Register for free at: https://t.co/QsLuV7lQ3o
Follow the commander @sunelmusicianza for more info.

— Sphiwe Aaron Zwane  (@Sphiwe_Zwane) December 3, 2020

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 11:06 (nine months ago) link

btw Sun-El has dropped four more new tracks in the past four days. I now feel confident enough to make the following predictions for the album:

• there will be loads of great music on it
• and plenty of less than great music as well
• 1+1=2: it will be much too long

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 12:27 (nine months ago) link

i expect that at the very least it'll be possible to carve an excellent ~hour of music out of it

ufo, Thursday, 3 December 2020 12:41 (nine months ago) link

oh for sure
also: it's unlikely i'll be able to sufficiently listen to it before the end of January

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:35 (nine months ago) link

i will not have enough time to listen to the whole thing before i should sleep so i think i'll just start w/ vol. 1 tonight

opener is v epic... i think that's a "nature boy" interpolation for a few seconds?... despite being relatively unmoved by some of the preview tracks i'm not especially confident in that prediction breastcrawl. but we shall see!

dyl, Friday, 4 December 2020 05:28 (nine months ago) link

have only listened to the first disc so far but it's all gorgeous. only issue is when the album is 80 minutes long, the songs do blend together a bit, so it'll take a while to really wrap my head around it.

he's said the first disc is supposed to be his classic sound (he certainly succeeded there!) and the second disc is him experimenting and broadening his sound so i'm curious how different it will be. i didn't like "chasing the summer" much when i listened to it yesterday though.

ufo, Friday, 4 December 2020 09:33 (nine months ago) link

that virtual concert I mentioned the other day is now on YouTube, and serves as a wonderful good-old-fashioned-album-length introduction to this ambitious endeavour - 46 minutes to the album’s 156:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5aPZ6-I71Y

very nice visuals too, and Tout EL World shows up - with the exception of Claudio x Kenza

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 December 2020 20:23 (nine months ago) link

listened to the whole thing yesterday, sorta let it wash over me in the semi-background. most everything sounded good at the very least. hope to discover some stunners when I’ll be playing it loud. (“Lengane” with Simmy is probably one, it’s been around for a while).

there was one immediate lovely surprise for me tho, the track I happened to play last of all: the very un-Sun-El-like “No Drama” which has an amapiano-by-way-of-West-Africa feel.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 December 2020 20:53 (nine months ago) link

Listened to the first disc yesterday and the 2nd today. It's a lot more consistent than his last one overall, but the peaks are not nearly as high. There's no Akanamali or Sonini on this, despite the latter's vocalist Simmy guesting on 4(!) tracks. He's digging into a formula more, and while there's some interesting genre dabbling on the 2nd disc and the production remains quite impeccable, a part of me is worried he'll never touch the transcendence of those early singles again.

octobeard, Saturday, 5 December 2020 22:29 (nine months ago) link

Despite the criticisms, there's a pretty amazing record here, especially if you edit it down to one disc, which I might end up doing at some point. Hard not to expect quite a bit of filler on an album 2 hours and 40 minutes long.

octobeard, Saturday, 5 December 2020 22:30 (nine months ago) link

agree that those highest Himalaya highs are not there, but the four lead singles (“Uhuru”, “Ubomi Abumanga”, “Never Never” and “Mandinaya”) have all been amazing, and he could (should) have included “Into Ingawe” as well. if you add the next-best gorgeous new tracks and one or two of those Sun-El instrumentals, plus the Niniola and “No Drama” as bonuses you’d have a magnificent set.
it becomes a lot less interesting when he features Sauti Sol, and “Garden”-variety Sun-El is not where it’s at. a Chris Martin collab is probably inevitable tho.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 December 2020 22:57 (nine months ago) link

I feel the second album blues more with the new Simmy. it’s very good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just a folder with a lot of tracks to me, whereas the first Tugela Fairy was a relatively concise and perfectly balanced out album.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 December 2020 23:03 (nine months ago) link

oh btw, if you came here for the first new Sha Sha song in over a year, you can find it over here on the “eMcimbini”/Kabza & Maphorisa thread.

it’s very dreamy.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 December 2020 23:24 (nine months ago) link

I feel the second album blues more with the new Simmy. it’s very good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just a folder with a lot of tracks to me

I need to revisit it again, but I feel similarly about hers as I do with Sun-El's - quantity over quality, but with a baseline of quality still present. If you edit it down it's great, but still a step down from her debut. I'm not feeling "blues" per se with these records, they're both still great. I suppose that sentiment only comes off due to the relative comparisons. It's hard for any artist to pull off that untouchable magic they both had a couple years ago a 2nd time in a row, let alone the rest of their careers. I would love to be able to see them perform at some point post-pandemic. I hope they can find broader success outside of Africa/S.A. and that in turn might evolve their sound.

octobeard, Sunday, 6 December 2020 00:19 (nine months ago) link

with the sun-el album i largely agree that while it doesn't quite reach the incredible highs of "akanamali" and "sonini", it's still stronger than i expected for a 160 minute album and even when he's at his most formulaic it's still quite enjoyable because his formula is that good. as breastcrawl mentioned, the strongest tracks are still fantastic. he's kinda the ideal artist to make something this long because it's such pleasant music to have in the background all day. the second disc doesn't really expand his sound as much as i was expecting from his stated intention though.

the simmy album is a little more sprawling than her debut too but it's still quite strong. i still need to spend more time with it but it's not an obvious step down or anything

ufo, Sunday, 6 December 2020 01:03 (nine months ago) link

ymmv but i thought the new simmy album requires LOTS of repeat time to open properly. i wrote it off after three listens then gave it one more go and it just started catching fire.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 02:59 (nine months ago) link

Most of the English language tracks are very cringey for me. Couldn't get through them.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 03:47 (nine months ago) link

Agreed! Skip them!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 8 December 2020 04:42 (nine months ago) link

New Samthing Soweto EP! Not yet cracked but I have a lotta faith in this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHbRGDXHP5w

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Friday, 11 December 2020 05:58 (nine months ago) link

The Samthing EP is glorious!
Upbeat, uptempo amapiano with producer De Mthuda at the helm for most of the tracks. I love Aymos and Daliwonga, but it’s a real treat to hear The Original Vocalist flexing again. Opener “Chomi” had me jumping around in the early morning, “Tilili” is one for the ages (love the interplay with his own voice and co-vocalist MalumNator), first single “Weekend”, which I liked not loved, falls perfectly into place here, and the live medley of previous hits with the Mzansi Youth Choir brings joy to the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dox4zTHHoHQ
Samthing Soweto ft. De Mthuda, Da Muziqal Chef & MalumNator • Tilili

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovdsp286_B8
Samthing Soweto ft. Mzansi Youth Choir • The Danko! Medley

im-polite-post-post-post-pomo (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 December 2020 22:03 (nine months ago) link

New Mlindo song as well!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtC3I9k1AzI
Mlindo The Vocalist ft. Nathi • Mali

im-polite-post-post-post-pomo (breastcrawl), Saturday, 12 December 2020 01:40 (nine months ago) link

I'm 3/4 into the Sun-El and I find it ridiculously consistent and pleasant. I guess it's the kind of fuck you artists can give to music nerds obsessed about quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks that can go into ILM polls. South Africa's obsession with Aaliyah's "Try Again" is funny.

Nabozo, Monday, 14 December 2020 17:06 (nine months ago) link

🤔

So is no one listening to the new Samthing? Try “Tilili” at least, folx!

(please don’t tell me y’all are too wrapped up in the noms bizz. December is part of 2020 too, the busiest part in SA in fact when it comes to new releases)

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:25 (nine months ago) link

The songs are a little bit too squarely in the amapiano norm: not a problem as background to his fantastic voice but lacking the dynamics of his hits. Tilili is the best but the track still moves like a slug you could find at the end of any KDS album.

Yesterday I listened to every Dj Manzo SA / Comado / Mthandazo Gyata song and these guys have true potential.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 19:57 (nine months ago) link

yeah the samthing EP (lol that 36 minutes is now an EP with amapiano track lengths) is decent but sometimes feels a little too amapiano-by-numbers and isn't as strong as last year's album. still pleasant though

ufo, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 09:58 (nine months ago) link

The Danko! Medley is amazing! Highlight for me

octobeard, Thursday, 17 December 2020 02:43 (eight months ago) link

im v late to this party but this is some of my favorite music ever rn

discourse stu (m bison), Saturday, 19 December 2020 18:46 (eight months ago) link

Uwrongo is on Obama’s EOY list lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 19 December 2020 20:43 (eight months ago) link

herighto

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 December 2020 20:52 (eight months ago) link

he went with the edited version, very unpresidential imo

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 December 2020 13:19 (eight months ago) link

it’s summer in Mzansi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AagjAUE8U8s
Blaq Diamond • SummerYoMuthi

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 December 2020 13:22 (eight months ago) link

Love Mlindo's loopy vocal on this album cut:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gSrvQZUyTM
Senzo Afrika ft. Mlindo The Vocalist & Alie Keys • Ngiyajola

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 December 2020 22:42 (eight months ago) link

The Danko! Medley is amazing! Highlight for me

― octobeard, donderdag 17 december 2020 3:43

there's a video now, just in time for Xmas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdJ0FcjMGD8
Samthing Soweto ft. Mzansi Youth Choir • The Danko! Medley

#joytotheworld

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 December 2020 23:06 (eight months ago) link

This is an amazing uplifting clip. Love this new blue lipstick trend.

Nabozo, Sunday, 20 December 2020 23:42 (eight months ago) link

Watched it 10 times already. Now want them to cover every Amapiano song in existence.

Nabozo, Monday, 21 December 2020 01:06 (eight months ago) link

more beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdj7a221c0U
Fka Mash ft. Just Bheki & Da Muziqal Chef • Zamalobolo

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 15:00 (eight months ago) link

happy new year!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FFDwGxQtB4

Black Coffee ft. Maxine Ashley & Sun-El Musician • You Need Me

obsessed with quality over quantity or the need to produce tracks (breastcrawl), Thursday, 31 December 2020 19:56 (eight months ago) link

finally got around to the Claudio x Kenza album and I think it's maybe better than both Simmy's and Sun-El's albums this year

ufo, Friday, 1 January 2021 11:43 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

new Mthunzi track - with Sun-El:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctin-RLO91o
Mthunzi • Elentulo

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:13 (six months ago) link

reminder that most of the current South African musical action is now taking place here:

MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South Africa thread

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:19 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Nobuhle, best known for her feature on Sun-El’s “Never Never”, has a new song out, “Phezulu”, produced by Kenza (no Claudio):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUSpgPm9OUE

This is how she sung it live back in June:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tz7ngRcC9w

(I can't help but miss this thread, but see the post above - the beauty is still on duty, it just moved to a different location!)

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 21 March 2021 16:42 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I made a Spotify playlist with (almost) everything posted in the MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South African thread as well as South(ern) African tracks posted this year on other threads, like this one:

ILM rolling 🇿🇦 Mzansi MusiQ 2021 🇸🇿 🇳🇦

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:21 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Kenza (without Claudio) with Ami Faku --->>

"Sihlobo Sami": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3I6WvQGwFA

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 20:28 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

love that track.

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 15:23 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Sweet and intoxicating, a few steps short of transcendental, really few. Love the vocals. There's also an extended mix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ1CgbfIYik
Sun-EL Musician - Portia's Chant

Nabozo, Sunday, 15 August 2021 09:27 (one month ago) link


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