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

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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 (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

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

"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

“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:
Nobuhle • Always With Me

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


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

Guys ! We've been sleeping, this is top material
Aubrey Qwana from this year and the last

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

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

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

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

There's an unplugged version as well. Close to Blaq Diamond and SamthingSoweto.

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

replacing dead link:
Sun El Musician ft. Simmy & Khuzani • Emoyeni

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

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