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

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i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

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

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

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

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

one month passes...

Bumping for the Bank Holiday weekend.

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

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

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 (two years ago) link

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

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

"ubala" is really nice

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

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

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

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

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

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

yesss "sengimoja" has a video now too

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

def another album highlight

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

three weeks pass...

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

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

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, that’s a good one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

those simmy tracks are great

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

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

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

yeh it is cheers, this is lovely friday afternoon stuff

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

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

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

Such a beautiful album.

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

just been listening to it all week

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

ditto

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tugela Fairy also happens to be the perfect Xmas album

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

Have yourself a Simmy little Christmas!

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

so much great music across these albums

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

one month passes...

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

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

“Thando”

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

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

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

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

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

"Thando" is lovely

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

very nice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will do!

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

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

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

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

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

Any thoughts?

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

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

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

Nobuhle, best known for her feature on Sun-El’s “Never Never”, has a new song out, “Phezulu”, produced by Kenza (no Claudio):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUSpgPm9OUE

This is how she sung it live back in June:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tz7ngRcC9w

(I can't help but miss this thread, but see the post above - the beauty is still on duty, it just moved to a different location!)

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 21 March 2021 16:42 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I made a Spotify playlist with (almost) everything posted in the MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South African thread as well as South(ern) African tracks posted this year on other threads, like this one:

ILM rolling 🇿🇦 Mzansi MusiQ 2021 🇸🇿 🇳🇦

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:21 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Kenza (without Claudio) with Ami Faku --->>

"Sihlobo Sami": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3I6WvQGwFA

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 20:28 (one month ago) link


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