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 (two 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 (two 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 (two years ago) link

wait is this on the album too?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

oh man i love bamthathile. loving this so far

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

This is great.

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

good timing for summer around the corner

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

what a good album

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

aw :)

Yeah, this album is really good.

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

this is amazing

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

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

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

Sengimoja is the one.

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

i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

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

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

Bumping for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Jeff W, Saturday, 25 August 2018 16:58 (one year 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.

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 (one year ago) link

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

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 16:53 (one year ago) link

"ubala" is really nice

dyl, Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:02 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

ufo, Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

those simmy tracks are great

nxd, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:49 (one year ago) link

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

Frederik B, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:58 (one year ago) link

yeh it is cheers, this is lovely friday afternoon stuff

nxd, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:24 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Sunday, 18 November 2018 22:23 (one year ago) link

Such a beautiful album.

Tim F, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:50 (one year ago) link

just been listening to it all week

nxd, Friday, 23 November 2018 09:37 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

ditto

nxd, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:30 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Friday, 30 November 2018 11:53 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Tugela Fairy also happens to be the perfect Xmas album

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link

Have yourself a Simmy little Christmas!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 03:07 (one year ago) link

so much great music across these albums

dyl, Tuesday, 25 December 2018 05:47 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

"Thando" is lovely

ufo, Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:57 (one year ago) link

very nice

dyl, Thursday, 31 January 2019 05:35 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Will do!

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

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

jmm, Saturday, 2 February 2019 22:25 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

ufo, Sunday, 3 February 2019 11:31 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

lol omg. i'll def have to listen

"one dance" is a good song!

dyl, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 05:12 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:07 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

ah, thanks!

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

Has ILM gone into hibernation, apart from forks?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:59 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

I can't find the tracklists?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:11 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:16 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

great stuff, thanks breastcrawl

nxd, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:32 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:17 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

ufo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:56 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

excited!

dyl, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:53 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

new single is glorious.

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

This is gorgeous:

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

Naima Kay • Soka Lami

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:37 (one year ago) link

<3

nxd, Monday, 24 June 2019 11:03 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

it’s a pleasure

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:30 (one year 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 (one year 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

yeah that's lovely

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

that is fantastic!

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:25 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

oh yeah I meant Samthing

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:45 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:41 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:50 (ten months ago) link

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

Frederik B, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:10 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, Scorpion Kings is massive. Thanks breastcrawl!

Frederik B, Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:09 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

yeah, great stuff!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 October 2019 16:36 (ten months 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 (nine months ago) link

samthing album is so beautiful

nxd, Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:01 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Monday, 14 October 2019 07:10 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link

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

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

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

ufo, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:04 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link

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

Frederik B, Sunday, 3 November 2019 21:33 (nine months 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 (eight months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:41 (eight months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:43 (eight months ago) link

yeh my personal fav but what a record

nxd, Friday, 15 November 2019 14:43 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

Mutare is in Shona btw.

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:31 (eight months ago) link

the Amanda Black album is really fantastic too

ufo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:51 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link

that Kaso is a jam, thanking you breastcrawl

rob, Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:54 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

wow that's utterly sublime

ufo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 06:21 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 08:26 (seven months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

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

dyl, Saturday, 25 January 2020 08:37 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

the whole sha sha album, blossom, is great

ufo, Saturday, 1 February 2020 11:19 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

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

Frederik B, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:00 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 6 February 2020 08:11 (six months ago) link

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

That song is transcendent perfection.

octobeard, Thursday, 6 February 2020 09:51 (six months ago) link

Wow “Dubai” on the first Scorpion Kings is wiiiild

rob, Friday, 7 February 2020 00:06 (six months ago) link

The new Scorpion Kings Live is niiiice

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

iiii-iiii aaa-aaaa iiii-iiii-iya

emcimbiiiini

I’m in love with this song

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 February 2020 15:39 (six months 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 (five months ago) link

*Luu

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

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

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:27 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

piano! piano!

||||||||, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 11:21 (five months ago) link

have something in the works, should be up this evening

xp

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 13:02 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

it warms my heart in these days of Simmy shortage

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:33 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 23:06 (five months ago) link

yasha imizi is a sugar cloud

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:15 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

dang, i will be getting that album now.

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

that's an odd one.

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

in what say?

breastcrawl, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:34 (four months ago) link

way

breastcrawl, Monday, 9 March 2020 22:34 (four months ago) link

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

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

Sha Sha live:

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

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

just for the vibes

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

any and all vibes much appreciated at this time

rob, Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:44 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

beautiful

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

that's really lovely

rob, Friday, 27 March 2020 12:55 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

not yet, but I will right now :)

rob, Friday, 27 March 2020 13:14 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

uwrongo is the fuckin' jam

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

ugggggghhh. Thanks for the info tho.

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

"Mzansi" stands for South Africa.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:35 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (three months ago) link

excited to hear it, certainly an intriguing title

dyl, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 02:48 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 15 April 2020 18:18 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

that Nile Rodgers-like guitar coda is killing me

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

the antidote is here

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

bump
boost
balm

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

ya not feeling it either

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

ILM, it was nice knowing ya

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

agreed w/ the others

dyl, Saturday, 18 April 2020 02:51 (three months ago) link

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

Nabozo, Saturday, 18 April 2020 12:18 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

yeah same on all points

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

i want simmy on basically everything.

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

co-sign

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

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

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

Msaki!

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

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

monotony, Friday, 29 May 2020 02:38 (two months ago) link

oh wow the horns on this are lovely

ufo, Friday, 29 May 2020 02:47 (two months ago) link

absolutely love it

dyl, Friday, 29 May 2020 05:20 (two months ago) link

yeah, i fuck with this for sure

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

thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 June 2020 20:02 (two months 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 month 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 month ago) link

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

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

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

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

All three of these Azana singles are great.

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

good stuff!

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

she's amazing

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

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

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

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

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

oh man throw Tresor on that list too, wth

rob, Friday, 3 July 2020 19:49 (one month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link

Lol same

rob, Thursday, 16 July 2020 20:54 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link

very hyped. not yet on US spotify tho'.

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

give it 5h30

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

brace yourself for the new Niniola track as well

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

thumbs-up.jpeg

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

I’m at “Bafazi” and holy fuck

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

thinking we should redirect the Jessie Ware posse to this album

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

this thread is goodness overglowing, so maybe yes

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

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

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

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

Spottie, Friday, 17 July 2020 22:05 (three weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

Azana - Ingoma

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

azana album is gorgeous of course

ufo, Monday, 20 July 2020 22:59 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

it's awesome!

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

“Emoyeni” is beautiful

Tim F, Friday, 24 July 2020 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

"Dumelang" shot right into my summer playlist thx

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

nice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 25 July 2020 15:31 (one week 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (three days ago) link


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