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

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pretty fucken psyched for this one (will check the Niniola after I'm done relistening to Smile)

rob, Thursday, 16 July 2020 22:30 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

I’m at “Bafazi” and holy fuck

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

thinking we should redirect the Jessie Ware posse to this album

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

this thread is goodness overglowing, so maybe yes

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

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

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

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

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

Azana - Ingoma

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

azana album is gorgeous of course

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

it's awesome!

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

“Emoyeni” is beautiful

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

"Dumelang" shot right into my summer playlist thx

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

nice

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

amapiano that was tailor-made for this thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gevLbx68mA
Vico Da Sporo ft. Sandile • Luthando

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:06 (one month ago) link

yeah, that's lovely

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:21 (one month ago) link

ooh gorgeous!

rob, Friday, 14 August 2020 13:25 (one month ago) link

hmm...tbc I am not cat-calling this song, I just think it's pretty

rob, Friday, 14 August 2020 13:26 (one month ago) link

Much more Heavy K than Sun-EL - it's none other than Mpumi, Miss Mzobe if you’re nasty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OBZw57sn_g
Mpumi Mzobe ft. Dj SK & Mailo Music • Sekumnandi

Can you hear the sound of that plane or whatever it is taking off?

Also, why can’t we fucking go out and dance anymore!??!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:32 (one month ago) link

will fire this up shortly.
as to why we can't dance, do I have some bad news for you...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:34 (one month ago) link

please forks don’t hurt me

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:38 (one month ago) link

but as I was gonna say:

SKY ROCKETS IN FLIGHT 🚀🚀🚀🚀
SEKUMNANDI

(GoogleTranslate it!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 15:40 (one month ago) link

Hypnotic track from last year I’m into right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IRzGlgFk4E
Insane Malwela ft. Mtanami & Micky • Beng'hlel Nomuntu Wami

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 21 August 2020 21:59 (one month ago) link

Singer S-Tone has an album out on Sun-El’s label, after his EP last year. Almost all the tracks are produced by Claudio and/or Kenza, there’s only one track with Sun-El himself (not my immediate favourite). There’s some amapiano-leaning tracks as well, a first in EL World, I think. Take “Kamnandzi”, for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx0ERueZWOI

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 16:32 (one month ago) link

I accidentally put a different Vico Da Sporo f. Sandile track on my afropop playlist, and it—"Umuhle Ntombi"—just came on and blew me away:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBb8-C8pIEY

"Luthando" is good too of course (I guess I'll have to find time to check out this...2 hr. long album ffs)

rob, Thursday, 27 August 2020 17:54 (one month ago) link

“Umuhle Ntombi” is the only other track I had checked out. It’s good, but I prefer “Luthando”.

Listening to his other tracks featuring Sandile now: “Buya” is all about the last two minutes when the harmonies really kick in, “Intokazi Yohlobo” is beautiful triphoppy amapiano, that beat is great. “Noyana” from *the other* album Vico da S released this year is also very very nice (wow at that vibraphone break), and “Ndod’mnyama”, Sandile’s Vico-produced solo single, is weirdly mixed but those muffled dubby handclaps remind me of the Peech Boys’ “Don’t Make Me Wait” (speaking of tracks with unexpected rock guitar!) and now I’m very happy.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:56 (one month ago) link

btw Sandile is also on a track on one of the two (sigh) excellent amapiano albums released this year so far by Future Majestics.

It really is a shame how much good music is being released on a weekly basis in South Africa alone.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 27 August 2020 20:59 (one month ago) link

^^to be clear, this is not meant to be snarky, all this (potentially) great music that is being released within the various SA house genres is a blessing, but it’s quite literally impossible to keep up with

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 28 August 2020 16:24 (one month ago) link

Update: just noticed Vico Da Sporo dropped *yet another album* over the weekend, 81 minutes, 17 tracks, 6 of which with Sandile. Needless to say, I haven’t had time to listen to it yet. Where does he find it?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 31 August 2020 19:30 (four weeks ago) link

Anyone in need of some Simmy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwoBQ0_1QWQ

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 10:12 (three weeks ago) link

This is beautiful too (from last year):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82bL0AqjJlI
Nombila • Inyawo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 10:15 (three weeks ago) link

always more simmy please

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 September 2020 14:21 (two weeks ago) link

This is gorgeous in every way but one:

https://youtu.be/zp0xrgdOCgw
Cassper Nyovest ft. Samthing Soweto • Friday Night

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:06 (two weeks ago) link


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