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

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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

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.

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:

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 (one year 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

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

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

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:

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”:

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:

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!

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:

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:

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).

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

cross-posting with the Moloko thread:

“Sing It Back”, repurposed by Samthing Soweto as a gospel workout, lyrics slighly tweaked.
Soweto Central Chorus of the Salvation Army ft. Samthing Soweto • Bring It Back

Much better to watch the performance itself, starting from 55:12:

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 month 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 month ago) link

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 month 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 month 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 month ago) link

This has been around for ages, but it's such a pretty song:
Sithelo ft. Skye Wanda • Forever

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

new single on the way, this sounds nice!

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


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

ubomi abumanga:

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

oh wow the horns on this are lovely

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

absolutely love it

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

yeah, i fuck with this for sure

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

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

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


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

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

live version:

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 18:25 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link
Azana feat. Sun-El Musician - Ngize Ngifike

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

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

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

All three of these Azana singles are great.

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

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

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

good stuff!

rob, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:50 (three days ago) link

it's just another Azana Friday:
Azana ft. Sino Msolo • Umaqondana

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

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