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

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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

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


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

Video for Simmy’s “Umahlalela”:

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

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

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:


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:

rob, Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:26 (one year ago) link

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

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 23 June 2020 07:52 (two weeks ago) link

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

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

good stuff!

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

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

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

she's amazing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 July 2020 18:18 (five days ago) link

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

rob, Friday, 3 July 2020 18:48 (five days ago) link

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

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

oh man throw Tresor on that list too, wth

rob, Friday, 3 July 2020 19:49 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (three days 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:
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 (three days 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 (three days ago) link

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