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

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now listening to “Never Never” less cursorily, and yes, while not nearly as immediate as the Simmy track it’s gorgeous in its understatedness. the way everything swells up with the organ towards the 4-minute mark and then culminates in those horn blasts, wow!

(sure, take this out of context if you must)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 12:40 (eleven months ago) link

both good but i especially like "emakhaya"

ufo, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:04 (eleven months ago) link

Emakhaya is amazing

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 16 October 2020 19:58 (eleven months ago) link

they’re both amazing, is where I’m at right now

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 20:39 (eleven months ago) link

Simmy, Tugela Fairy (Made Of Stars), 16 tracks, out Nov 6

Sun-El Musician, To The World And Beyond, 31 (!) tracks, out Dec 4

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 16 October 2020 22:23 (eleven months ago) link

Nobuhle live:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Om1iPPfex4

(the first song hasn't been released yet)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Sunday, 18 October 2020 20:41 (eleven months ago) link

i think i might prefer "never never" for now! but they're both essential and i can't wait for their albums

dyl, Sunday, 18 October 2020 21:46 (eleven months ago) link

both gorgeous. this and the rolling afropop thread have opened me up to the best new stuff since I’ve been on ilx - thanks!

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 18 October 2020 22:21 (eleven months ago) link

please don't yell at me for saying so, but the melody of some of the backing vocals in "emakhaya" reminds me of bob sinclar's "world, hold on"

dyl, Monday, 19 October 2020 00:03 (eleven months ago) link

don't think even Simmy is going to yell at you, she retweeted several tweets like this:

Simmy- Emakhaya (feat. Da Capo, Sun-El Musician)

That "World hold on" humming part😭😭. pic.twitter.com/28aBpTP0C9

— Thyophò (@aphumelele_m) October 16, 2020

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 06:13 (eleven months ago) link

Another one I posted on the Baby Are You Coming? thread, but I feel people here could do with some amapiano relaxation as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWo9vo9ZgvA
Kota Embassy ft. Cue • Sugar Mama

(this possibly outvibes even DJ Stokie’s “Senorita”)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:39 (eleven months ago) link

oh thank goodness! xp

dyl, Monday, 19 October 2020 15:51 (eleven months ago) link

lovely video for "Emakhaya":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kkdRc4FCs0

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 20:33 (eleven months ago) link

fun fact: Simmy calls herself (or at least her albums) “Tugela Fairy” because she’s from Tugela Ferry in KwaZulu Natal province, a town named after the ferry across the Tugela River that operated here and has since been replaced by the steel bridge you see in the video.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 20:57 (eleven months ago) link

Wow that's the heart of Zululand, it's not far off Isandlwana, and I checked, the area is King's land (Ingonyama). She's basically in the homelands stepping on the skulls of dead British soldiers :D

Nabozo, Saturday, 24 October 2020 16:26 (eleven months ago) link

lol the Sun-el album is 159 mins long

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 October 2020 17:27 (eleven months ago) link

he is probably the only person right now whose 159-minute-long album i would actually anticipate listening to

dyl, Saturday, 24 October 2020 18:44 (eleven months ago) link

...and another one (found out through forks' October favourites list):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K09EbOCfoGU
Sun-EL Musician ft. Julia Church • Garden

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 16:59 (ten months ago) link

in songs I like better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWKoDuyuzVs
Mthandazo Gatya ft. DJ Manzo SA & Comado • Senzeni

(reminder: the non-edited version is 6'24)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 21:18 (ten months ago) link

This folky one is very pretty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tu2Wsd3AjE
Sbahle • Emlanjeni

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 2 November 2020 21:19 (ten months ago) link

brand new video for a track from last year's S-Tone *EP* (as opposed to this year's S-Tone *album*):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYw9dfVd_oc
S-Tone ft. Simmy • Vuka Africa

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 13:29 (ten months ago) link

Sha Sha’s voice is so soothing to me on this awful day

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 4 November 2020 18:25 (ten months ago) link

"senzeni" is really good

fully expecting the sun-el album to be too much, 31 tracks/2.5 hours is totally ridiculous

ufo, Thursday, 5 November 2020 07:08 (ten months ago) link

in case you don’t have no plans for tomorrow night:

@simmymusicsa launches her album tomorrow!!, 🌟💛 at Pmb.. Alongside @azanamusic and myself
!!
Tugela Fairy ( Made of Stars) has Arrived!! pic.twitter.com/4r1ATmOMXA

— NobuhleMusic (@NobuhleMusic) November 5, 2020

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Thursday, 5 November 2020 22:01 (ten months ago) link

ooh it's out here now and sounding great

ufo, Friday, 6 November 2020 01:35 (ten months ago) link

"konke"!

ufo, Friday, 6 November 2020 01:40 (ten months ago) link

well that's my friday listening all day then

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 6 November 2020 05:44 (ten months ago) link

listened to this once this morning, now going for seconds. it’s sounding very good indeed. it really gets going from track 5 (“Imihla nezolo”). that whole middle section is fire - a warm, comforting fire.
highlight of the first go-round for me might have been “Ngiyahamba” with Mthunzi.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 November 2020 17:05 (ten months ago) link

“Konke” is very good as well, it’s the only track produced by Claudio (of x Kenza fame)

xp to ufo

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 November 2020 17:07 (ten months ago) link

another track from the Sun-El album dropped:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a90xU2bQEZ0
Sun-El Musician ft. Ami Faku • Mandinaye

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 November 2020 19:15 (ten months ago) link

geez

that album's gonna be so good isn't it, even if it's a long double album

dyl, Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:19 (ten months ago) link

Was curious initially that this and the Simmy albums were dropping in fall/winter and then I realized in South Africa it's spring/summer - the perfect time for these records.

octobeard, Monday, 16 November 2020 01:13 (ten months ago) link

Good god Emakhaya is so gorgeous. Sun-el really has that magic touch as a producer. I cannot wait for his to drop soon. Gonna be really really nice to have some of his warmth for this cold and dark winter.

octobeard, Monday, 16 November 2020 01:22 (ten months ago) link

"mandinaye" is fantastic, wow. i sure hope he's able to keep it up for the entire 2.5 hours lol

ufo, Monday, 16 November 2020 02:24 (ten months ago) link

“December” is a really big thing in SA, it’s the festive season and the summer holidays rolled into one, so everyone is on a quest for the biggest December song.

xps

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 November 2020 19:50 (ten months ago) link

I'm just getting around to the Simmy album, and it is of course excellent. This year is honestly too much...

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:14 (ten months ago) link

It took me awhile but Simmy's Tugela Fairy LP COMPLETELY got its hooks in me over the past two weeks, making it hard to listen to anything else. There are a few clunkers ('We Were Here' and 'Time After Time') but it's pretty unassailable as a complete album. Much the same as the first one though, it required regular repeat plays to fully sink in... songs like 'Wamuhle' and 'Mabhungu,' which now feel indispensable, were kinda blah on first listen.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 19:45 (ten months ago) link

That said, I would still say 'Emakhaya' is the best of the bunch. And I'm still loving 'Yaz Abantu'! I feel like both are legit worth pushing as best of the year songs.

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 19:55 (ten months ago) link

ladies x gentlemen, Claudio x Kenza:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcKHw0rtWss
Claudio x Kenza ft. Omi Kobi • Pot of Gold

see them perform it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMWGGKsfntY
Q Twins ft. Claudio x Kenza • Vuma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tz7ngRcC9w
Nobuhle ft. Claudio x Kenza • Phezulu
(not yet released, live performance)

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:25 (ten months ago) link

...and oh hey, I got a little samthing for ya:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhVc2wq5JAs
Samthing Soweto ft. De Mthuda • Weekend

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 20 November 2020 01:36 (ten months ago) link

this new Simmy record 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

winters (josh), Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:04 (nine months ago) link

I think “Imihla Nezolo” is my favourite track - that bass, those “hey, hey”s.

Also, Sun-El & Ami Faku’s “Mandinaye” keeps growing and growing on me. It’s so beautiful.

Running up that hill but fleeting (a deal with Gop) (breastcrawl), Saturday, 28 November 2020 16:28 (nine months ago) link

yes the simmy album is really good, shame on me for taking so long to get to it

dyl, Saturday, 28 November 2020 21:24 (nine months ago) link

I went to listen to the Simmy on hike today, typed in Simi by accident and lo and behold I like her too! (Updated highlife from what I've gathered so far)

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 29 November 2020 01:29 (nine months ago) link

just leaving this here: an online launch event for the Sun-El album that starts in 10 hours (23h15 until midnight SA time). it’s free, but you have to register your info at some event ticketing/payment company platform in order to validate your ticket, which made me decide to pass on this opportunity, but ymmv:

#ToTheWorldAndBeyon #ttwab Don’t miss out the virtual concert tonight 03/12/2020 (23:15).
Register for free at: https://t.co/QsLuV7lQ3o
Follow the commander @sunelmusicianza for more info.

— Sphiwe Aaron Zwane  (@Sphiwe_Zwane) December 3, 2020

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 11:06 (nine months ago) link

btw Sun-El has dropped four more new tracks in the past four days. I now feel confident enough to make the following predictions for the album:

• there will be loads of great music on it
• and plenty of less than great music as well
• 1+1=2: it will be much too long

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 12:27 (nine months ago) link

i expect that at the very least it'll be possible to carve an excellent ~hour of music out of it

ufo, Thursday, 3 December 2020 12:41 (nine months ago) link

oh for sure
also: it's unlikely i'll be able to sufficiently listen to it before the end of January

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:35 (nine months ago) link

i will not have enough time to listen to the whole thing before i should sleep so i think i'll just start w/ vol. 1 tonight

opener is v epic... i think that's a "nature boy" interpolation for a few seconds?... despite being relatively unmoved by some of the preview tracks i'm not especially confident in that prediction breastcrawl. but we shall see!

dyl, Friday, 4 December 2020 05:28 (nine months ago) link

have only listened to the first disc so far but it's all gorgeous. only issue is when the album is 80 minutes long, the songs do blend together a bit, so it'll take a while to really wrap my head around it.

he's said the first disc is supposed to be his classic sound (he certainly succeeded there!) and the second disc is him experimenting and broadening his sound so i'm curious how different it will be. i didn't like "chasing the summer" much when i listened to it yesterday though.

ufo, Friday, 4 December 2020 09:33 (nine months ago) link


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