Thread for the AmaPiano awesomeness that is “Baby Are You Coming?” by Zero12finest feat. ThaMagnificent2

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SldyCVP02VM

A track that stirs this amount of passion in people and gets them heated in all kinds of ways deserves its own thread.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:35 (two years ago) link

Some testimonials:

This one is a bop!
― breastcrawl, maandag 10 juni 2019 18:34

"Baby Are You Coming" on a loop. dope track.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), maandag 10 juni 2019 23:46

Baby are you coming is definitely a jam.
― human and working on getting beer (longneck), dinsdag 11 juni 2019 22:08

i think i've played it about twenty or thirty times since yesterday.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), dinsdag 11 juni 2019 22:12

I just listened to and loved "Baby, Are You Coming”
― rob, zaterdag 15 juni 2019 15:27

wow "baby are you coming" is MONUMENTAL.
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), zondag 30 juni 2019 22:38

I CANNOT STRESS HOW TRUE THIS IS. this is the track of the summer for me, hands-down.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), maandag 1 juli 2019 18:02

zero12finest.... BUMPS so hard
― ||||||||, donderdag 18 juli 2019 22:20

…and of course, how could we forget:
mom enters my room
Mom: switch that off
Me: Why?
Mom*angry*: WE GOT BETTER SPEAKERS IN THE SITTING ROOM!!
Vilho Gottlieb . 2 months ago

breastcrawl, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:35 (two years ago) link

But is it really the Song of this Summer? Or is it actually winter in South Africa right now? You tell me!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:36 (two years ago) link

I still don't think I get what AmaPiano is, but this song is superb

rob, Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:06 (two years ago) link

this is fun to run to

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 12:11 (two years ago) link

it has this ineffable (yes) mix of gentle, swirly psychedelia and menace that is like catnip to me.

however to answer the song's question uh no, not if you're going to take my girl and make her yours wtf

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 19 July 2019 13:03 (two years ago) link

to rob:
Not sure if this will help you “get” AmaPiano, but I like this medley of performances of three big AP hits, which includes “Baby Are You Coming?”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmyL11KwR-I

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:57 (two years ago) link

this is dance music, or pop music?

generally I'm into dance not pop but found this very enjoyable

I don't really listen to this kind of music but reminds me of "township funk" with a vocal hook instead of a synth lead

the late great, Friday, 19 July 2019 21:50 (two years ago) link

AmaPiano is just the most recent mutation of South African house music to go mainstream, more or less replacing gqom, which originated in the club scene as well. The vocal hooks are part of that process, in a chicken and egg kind of way. This what chart pop sounds like right now in South Africa.

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:16 (two years ago) link

Also like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toIO2FnusE0

KayGee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Killer Kau • Kokota

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:19 (two years ago) link

And like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEM4AlFg8YY

DeMthuda ft. Njelic • Shesha

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:25 (two years ago) link

thx for the low down!! somewhat predictably and boringly I generally prefer the more stripped-back stuff

the late great, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:33 (two years ago) link

that medley video was cool, thanks breastcrawl. I think the reason I don't "get" amapiano is that I realized early on I didn't dig gqom that much, which means now I have less of a feel for how amapiano is displacing it. tbc, I def hear how different amapiano is from gqom--maybe it's more that I don't get why amapiano wouldn't just be called (south african) house? not that it matters much tbh

rob, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:52 (two years ago) link

What I like abt this song is there’s actually a pretty wide spread of emotions & tonal choices throughout but it’s very stripped down, so really small bore changes are doing the work of shifting the songs affect

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 20 July 2019 20:14 (two years ago) link

Like it figures out how to make big emotions via reduction rather than amplification or complexity

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 20 July 2019 20:44 (two years ago) link

To hear it is to love it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 July 2019 09:28 (two years ago) link

That will be for my own baby as whenever I tell her I'm coming, she comes back with: are you really coming ?

Nabozo, Sunday, 21 July 2019 13:01 (two years ago) link

it's been a joke in our house too

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:47 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/top-amapiano-songs-2019
Nice write-up this. As “Top amapiano songs of 2019” it’s a bit random, good as the tracks are. Some big hits there, but no “Baby Are You Coming?” or “Shesha”, no glory. But it gives some wider context for the style, which I found useful.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 22:08 (two years ago) link

like Rob, I'm not sure I can get as enthusiastic about this track and the amapiano stuff in general as others are. it's interesting that something this dark and minimalist is mainstream

frame casual (dog latin), Saturday, 24 August 2019 22:48 (two years ago) link

I like this one from that list. Dark and minimalist, check!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH-X82dL0t4
El Maestro ft. TP • Bum Bum

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 23:38 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Baby are you still coming?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf09g53-nUA
DJ Sumbody ft. Londie London & Leehleza • Suk’emabhozeni

(from Sumbody’s fantastic album Ashi Nthwela)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:19 (one year ago) link

niiiiiiiiice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:38 (one year ago) link

That song is lots of fun

Nabozo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:48 (one year ago) link

Definitely try the album, I’ve been listening to it all afternoon.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:31 (one year ago) link

This track does things to the “Don’t Look Any Further” bassline, and lots of other stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GcOSnRHmgU
Jusca x Plee • Empa Nna

This one is great too, and has the added bonus of an actual video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83zlbCKktzI
Jusca x Plee • Piano

And yes, this whole album too rocks. Pencil and/or Zing Master are involved.

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 19:41 (one year ago) link

how did i miss this track it's like the deep house jam of the year?? would sound great next to a mr fingers track

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 19:51 (one year ago) link

which one, maps?

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:01 (one year ago) link

"baby are you coming?"

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:03 (one year ago) link

Ah I see, thought you were talking about the new posts! Yes, “Baby” is still the jam.

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:09 (one year ago) link

sorry ha i'll take a listen

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:12 (one year ago) link

there's like half a dozen south african tracks that could have had the dedicated thread treatment, what an overwhelming bounty this year and I've probably only clocked like a third of what's been posted to ilm let alone exist in the world

rob, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:52 (one year ago) link

i found a kind of incredible site.. with mp3 downloads??

https://somculo.com/download-mp3/life-ya-bora-amapiano/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 16 December 2019 21:12 (one year ago) link

slightly rephrased that to suit my own situation:

there's like half a dozen south african tracks or albums a month that I feel like giving the dedicated thread treatment, what an overwhelming bounty this year and I've probably only clocked like a tenth (I wish!) of what exists out there

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:16 (one year ago) link

xp

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:16 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nice 25-minute documentary about Amapiano. The Zero12finest crew have a small cameo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B9frOKUwz0

breastcrawl, Thursday, 2 January 2020 08:22 (one year ago) link

Cassper Nyovest is doing amapiano with Kabza De Small now. The track is called Phoyisa

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

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:11 (one year ago) link

there's a track about an uber or something that's been in my head all week

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 11 January 2020 20:03 (one year ago) link

If it’s this one you can vote🔶 for it, Nabozo nominated it:

https://www.youtube.con/watch?v=cTy8YTWtJqM
Semi Tee ft. Miami & Kammu Dee • Labantwana Ama Uber

(there are more Uber-mentioning amapiano tracks, but this is the big one)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:04 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTy8YTWtJqM

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:04 (one year ago) link

wtf autocorrect? it’s Miano, not “Miami”

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:07 (one year ago) link

bingo

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:13 (one year ago) link

youtube.con

That's the stuff

sbahnhof, Saturday, 11 January 2020 23:50 (one year ago) link

Very early amapiano track (from 2017) - with an awesome video! Loving the queerness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze7IGN3_xKA

De Mogul SA ft. Ms Mo & Makhensa • Oe Batla Kae

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:09 (one year ago) link

Also, don’t forget to vote🔸 for “Baby Are You Coming?”

(or any of the other of the nominated amapiano bangers - check out this playlist if you like:
ILM 2019 EOY🇿🇦SOUTH AFRICA)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:42 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Some hardcore spaced out amapiano by one of the masters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb8ugKuqg_8

Vigro Deep ft. Sdala The Vocalist • International

(from Vigro's album Baby Boi III)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 19:05 (one year ago) link

"baby are you coming?" should have been a 1-2 b2b with balloon

||||||||, Monday, 3 February 2020 21:56 (one year ago) link

it is in my house

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 21:58 (one year ago) link

Banger from the brand new De Mogul SA album Lessons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTebRM0Ru1k
De Mogul SA ft. Mdee Mshangane • Na Ku Randza

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:12 (one year ago) link

Aw Emcimbini, kulapho ongthola khona
(Emcimbini kulapho ongthola khona)
Aw Emcimbini, kulapho ongthola khona
(Emcimbini kulapho ongthola khona)

||||||||, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link

loooooooool

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:22 (one year ago) link

Piano! Piano!
https://i.imgur.com/PsoplB2.jpg

||||||||, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:22 (one year ago) link

been listening to a bunch of the "amapiano grooves" playlist on spotify - very good. and it all seems to run together pretty seamlessly

||||||||, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:25 (one year ago) link

||||||||, you posting this right here right now is definitely proof of something, I just don’t know of what. (if this comes across as cryptic may I redirect you to the Sun-El thread just above or below this one on SNA)

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:34 (one year ago) link

Aw Emcimbini, kulapho ongthola khona
(Emcimbini kulapho ongthola khona)
Aw Emcimbini, kulapho ongthola khona
(Emcimbini kulapho ongthola khona)

but anyway, this is otfm

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:35 (one year ago) link

/Piano! Piano!/
🖼

and so is this

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:35 (one year ago) link

Oh yeah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FPM5DX0fNs

Soweto's Finest ft. KayGee Da King & Bizizi • Tikoloshi

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:29 (one year ago) link

Also noticed some YouTube links upthread gave up the ghost, so let's repost:

KayGee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Killer Kau • Kokota

DJ Sumbody ft. Londie London & Leehleza • Suk'emabhozeni

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:35 (one year ago) link

always appreciate your textual thoroughness breastcrawl, it allows for late follow-up

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 February 2020 13:49 (one year ago) link

And highly spiritual amapiano goes where?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx21fYB5Ha4
Mhaw Keys ft. Vigro Deep • Mwari

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:11 (one year ago) link

(and thanks, forks!)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:11 (one year ago) link

Tikoloshi is a banger.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:06 (one year ago) link

hahaha the comments on the OP are amazing

"I was listening to this so loud
My neighbor called the cops
They arrested him"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:31 (one year ago) link

Mom: switch that off
Me: Why?
Mom*angry*: WE GOT BETTER SPEAKERS IN THE SITTING ROOM!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:31 (one year ago) link

Made a pseudo-pan-African-pop/not-pop playlist for the rolling afro 2020 thread and all Afro-adjacent threads, generously defined. It’s already 105 (update: 106) tracks deep, so enjoy!

ILM rolling ✳️all-inclusive✳️ afro 2020

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:44 (one year ago) link

Jobe London & Mphow69 - Sukendleleni (feat. Kamo Manje)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3OTClCxDyk

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:46 (one year ago) link

Who's behind the song 'Life Ya Bora' ? Just ridic

https://somculo.com/download-mp3/life-ya-bora-amapiano/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:49 (one year ago) link

That's actually "Empa Nna" by Jusca x Plee ft. Zing Master & Mabozza. I posted it upthread, back in December. That whole Jusca x Plee album is great.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:01 (one year ago) link

ahhhhh!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:29 (one year ago) link

So it is!!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:35 (one year ago) link

Empa nna is excellent.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 28 February 2020 08:09 (one year ago) link

wow "Mwari" is really wild! I love how much of this stuff still sounds as raw as something like Township Funk

rob, Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:16 (one year ago) link

The whole Mhaw Keys EP (The Outcast)
is awesome, deeeep amapiano house.

Kabza is on the only non-piano track, which I will post on the Sun-El thread.

“Ngena Nyoro” and “Umamakhe” are some of the other highlights.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:31 (one year ago) link

For all fans of "Labantwana Ama Uber" and/or "Lorch":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wy0cfA23iQ
Semi Tee ft. Ma Lemon • Lemonade

and/or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZHNrwUxP1k
Semi Tee ft. Miano, Kammu Dee & Ora Dee • Gabadiya

"Gabadiya" in particular is **dense** and there are some percussive things going on in both of these that seem new in amapiano.

breastcrawl, Monday, 2 March 2020 19:13 (one year ago) link

*dense* is the word. I have not quite warmed to these yet but I believe I'm on my way.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 5 March 2020 21:49 (one year ago) link

Flavours of Amapiano:

The organ-infused original, with an exciting helping of drum distortion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMDg3aMTz7g
JohnBravo ft. Caltonic SA • Thuma Mina (Freestyle)

Would you like some violin with that piano? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DDe8RMG0mk
Mr JazziQ x JazziDisciples ft. Vigro Deep & Rams De Violinist • Blue Skies

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:29 (one year ago) link

Indian, with Niniola as a bonus ingredient:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqO5x_P1XIg
Shuffle Muzik ft. Niniola, Master KG & Mr Brown • Putirika

(from Shuffle Muzik’s groooooovy Stimela album – also check “Putirika (Revisit)”)

Btw, this means last year’s club hit “Tanqueray” (with cheesy sax flavour) is now finally available on Spotify (and I guess other streaming platforms):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdlKlnf5GNI
Shuffle Muzik ft. MasterPiece, SnowDeep, Zero12Finest & JaySax • Tanqueray

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:30 (one year ago) link

Blending a timeless SA house vocal with amapiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxPu95Vnc20
ThackzinDJ ft. Boohle & Teejay • Izwelonke

More of that Thackzin fusion flavour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XntkbENJu9M
Daliwonga ft. ThackzinDJ & Shaun101 • Ebusuku

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:31 (one year ago) link

Chef’s kiss:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBGfCZfogjc
#Chelete • Ama CV

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:32 (one year ago) link

So many great amapiano albums coming out as well. The Shuffle Muzik mentioned above especially is sounding like an early lock for the EOY, along with the Scorpion Kings Live and the Mhaw Keys “EP”, but there’s lots of good stuff on ThackzinDJ’s Ingqumbo Yeminyanya (The Wrath of the Ancestors) EP and Mr JazziQ x JazziDisciples’s 0303 album as well.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:32 (one year ago) link

"Mdzango" with TallArseTee and "No. 9" with the equally charmingly named Hip-naughtic Sean are other favs on 0303.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:50 (one year ago) link

As others have mentioned, the AmaPiano Grooves playlist on Spotify is a good way to keep up with this stuff. I came across both “Ama CV” and “Thuma Mina (Freestyle)” there. (The latter has now unfortunately been removed from Spotify however.)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 13:55 (one year ago) link

sorry for piano rocking

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 10:37 (one year ago) link

It is welcome!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 March 2020 13:35 (one year ago) link

was beginning to think corona killed the piano thread

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 14:21 (one year ago) link

nah, just hard to get hyped about fun dance music right now i think

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:37 (one year ago) link

if you feel that way, the Mhaw Keys EP might surprise you - “fun” is not the operative word there.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:52 (one year ago) link

having a go at it

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 March 2020 13:33 (one year ago) link

Still amazed by Tikoloshi. So raw.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 16 March 2020 22:15 (one year ago) link

did Mhaw Keys fit your mood, forks?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:13 (one year ago) link

(btw, best to skip the first two tracks the first time around, they have a different vibe than the core tracks)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:47 (one year ago) link

Reposting this broken YouTube link:

Vigro Deep ft. Sdala The Vocalist • International

JohnBravo & Caltonic SA’s “Thuma Mina (Freestyle)” is back up on Spotify btw.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:43 (one year ago) link

Video for Semi Tee’s “Gabadiya” (as posted by Nabozo on the Rolling Afro thread):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-zuBeqNrwY

More Semi Tee & friends content:

First official video for a Scorpion Kings hit track is for "Lorch" (the “Koko” vid was more of a mission statement, and “Nana Thula” was from the Piano Hub album). It’s a criminally short edit tho:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfuEP0fDrvY
Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Semi Tee, Miano & Kammu Dee • Lorch

(btw, I didn’t know that a) Maphorisa is rapping on this and b) the song is about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thembinkosi_Lorch)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:45 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-9AF-IxG98

the "Gabadiya" video was removed for some reason, now it's back up.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 2 April 2020 22:04 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Love this track (it’s the closing track again) from Future Majesties & Bafo’s Ubuzukuzuku (The Struggle) album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B61JYzqq1YE
Future Majesties & Bafo • S’bonga Abazali

(Other good tracks: “S’yeza” and “Ungam’bambi”)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:47 (one year ago) link

Amapiano wedding invasion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2L6OiMMeNM

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 30 April 2020 09:35 (one year ago) link

catching up on this thread and i love "gabadiya"

ufo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:34 (one year ago) link

those two shuffle muzik tracks rule too, will have to listen to the album soon.

ufo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:46 (one year ago) link

In the Lorch/Phoyisa continuum >>> sounds like a hit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ProUQmyGaM
Tyler ICU ft. Focalistic, Masterpiece, DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small • Kwarentin

“Take me back to December, 2019 / I even miss the bouncer”

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 3 May 2020 20:28 (one year ago) link

^absolute anthem, might adopt that spelling tbrr

dip to dup (rob), Monday, 4 May 2020 13:06 (one year ago) link

yup, banger

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:38 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

As first heard in Kabza & Porry’s first Quarantine Party mix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9MqkxR9D08
Mfr Souls ft. Kwesta & GP Ma Orange • Krrrr (Phum’imali)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:15 (one year ago) link

Another good one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHH9wTGb08I
Semi Tee ft. Focalistic • Mercedes

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 23 May 2020 01:23 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Riding the piano train:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rqf7pdWUtI
DJ Big Sky ft. Sbhanga & Gaba Cannal • KhushuKhushu

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 11:19 (one year ago) link

And a double whammy from Kaygee & Bizizi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki1jo8BJ3Ik
Kaygee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Team Mosha • December

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDcVEjw9ggM
Kaygee DaKing & Bizizi • Sendi Location

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 11:20 (one year ago) link

Reminder that these amapiano bangers are part and parcel of ILM’s own rolling✳️all-inclusive✳️afro 2020 playlist

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 11:27 (one year ago) link

Dense, Dense, Dense (Yebo, Yebo, Yebo):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZcHIODWKZ4
Semi Tee ft. Kammu Dee & Njelic • Stayla

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 12 June 2020 18:07 (one year ago) link

I know I shouldn’t bother because there’s hardly anyone left here anymore, but these are some serious bangers, y”all”.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 15 June 2020 12:42 (one year ago) link

no, keep it up. stayla was a great addition to my weekend.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 15 June 2020 14:21 (one year ago) link

I have to admit, I might have hit a bit of a wall with amapiano. I can hear the quality in the last few tracks you posted, but I get a little restless when some of the more familiar elements come in. And of course, there's likely something lost in hearing this stuff sat in front of a laptop with headphones on. I've had that thought before though and then been surprised by something new, so I'm not giving up on it, but I'm finding myself less excited to set aside time to check new tracks

dip to dup (rob), Monday, 15 June 2020 14:35 (one year ago) link

I'm kinda lost in the afro/SA/amapiano threads atm but please tell me someone has already posted the very addictive "Piano Piano" by Alfa Kat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2H1ARs8udo

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 June 2020 20:59 (one year ago) link

This is the catchiest jam for me right now – apparently it’s Zimbabwean:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh_amXZNE0I
Xavier ft. Jahbue & Tinah • I Don’t Know

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 09:51 (one year ago) link

Update: Xavier is apparently an SA-born, Zimbabwe-raised, (in 2016 at least) UK-based comedian (would explain that British bit).
More importantly, he seems to have jacked that “I don’t know but I think I know” hook from the Zimbabwean track “I Donno” by Chakie & DJ Spuzza from earlier this year (here’s some people getting down to it). Still think Xavier’s is the better jam tho.

But I have to give it to Spuzza, the *other* track he dropped this year is an absolute monster:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL9lGCeKtGk
DJ Spuzza ft. Chester Houseprince, Don Kamati, MEGA & Chakie • Soek Soek

(keep forgetting that Afrikaans is somewhat of a lingua franca in Namibia. A lot of these lyrics are easily understood by the Dutch speaker that I am)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 25 June 2020 20:24 (one year ago) link

And holy wow at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBtX7kO4b1o
Kabza De Small ft. Wizkid • Need You Tonight

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 June 2020 12:02 (one year ago) link

oops wrong thread...

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 June 2020 12:02 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

“Corona’s no vibe” but this jam sure is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIRsPS7rV_g
Robot Boii & MFR Souls ft. DJ Visca • SBWL AmaPlans

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 1 August 2020 07:21 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

two new tracks by Njelic (the vocalist on last year's “Shesha” and “Nana Thula”), both featuring MalumNator, De Mthuda & Ntokzin. this is brilliant stuff:

“Tsotsi”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbbM0kuCL1w

“Messiah”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_oxLQJe0bo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 29 August 2020 01:10 (one year ago) link

Banger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPE30hvjZuM
Team Delela ft. Aembu, Lemamo & Blaque Juice • Bopedi

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 September 2020 16:45 (one year ago) link

(their whole Pediyanos EP is fire)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 September 2020 16:46 (one year ago) link

"Motoro" has a video, for those who like to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbrir9a0n7I
Team Delela ft. Aembu • Motoro

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 September 2020 16:48 (one year ago) link

This is the big piano hit right now tho:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUK5S98r0MQ
Reece Madlisa & Zuma ft. Mr JazziQ & Busta929 • Jazzidisciples (Zlele)

some dance moves to practise at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7F3WQHRKEU

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 5 September 2020 19:07 (one year ago) link

yesterday I played "baby are you coming" followed by dj mujava "mugwante" in my dj set and a dude ran up on me all excited saying he was from pretoria and I took him right back home

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Sunday, 6 September 2020 19:45 (one year ago) link

Achievement unlocked!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 6 September 2020 21:10 (one year ago) link

Really love jazzidisciples

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 7 September 2020 01:27 (one year ago) link

yesterday I played "baby are you coming" followed by dj mujava "mugwante" in my dj set and a dude ran up on me all excited saying he was from pretoria and I took him right back home

in what non-covid affected part of the world do you live? because i’d like to move there

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 09:44 (one year ago) link

Really love jazzidisciples

― ILX’s bad boy (D-40), maandag 7 september 2020 3:27 bookmarkflaglink

that track is the bomb... for real

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 11:44 (one year ago) link

Busiswa’s new one is *extremely* groovy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erEV_Yj-Z-0
Busiswa ft. Kamo Mphela • SBWL

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 12:11 (one year ago) link

Really love jazzidisciples
― ILX’s bad boy (D-40), maandag 7 september 2020 3:27 bookmarkflaglink

that track is the bomb... for real

― No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), dinsdag 8 september 2020 13:44 bookmarkflaglink

official video is out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGvAKp3fOqg

...and it's the full 7+ minutes!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:15 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3UVw_SZbMs
MFR Souls - Amanikiniki (on a 20 tracks album called... Musical Kings, Amapiano is all about royalty)

Nabozo, Sunday, 13 September 2020 11:45 (one year ago) link

...and about long-ass albums!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 13 September 2020 12:50 (one year ago) link

for more where “Jazzidisciples (Zlele)” came from: the 5-track Ama Roto EP by Reece Madlisa & Zuma with Mr JazziQ is really good...

...and so is TallArseTee (the original amapiano mc)’s Pampiri EP (Tribute to Papers 707), which has 7 tracks, 3 of which are with the above combination, including “Ngwanona”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br-ah3UIX6o

(I’m mentioning the number of tracks because some of these amapiano projects (even some that are called EPs) can be intimidatingly long - case in point: that MFR Souls album. These two are in the half-hour range. And if you happen to feel amapiano all tends to sound samey: there’s lots of variety here, especially on the TallArseTee)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 September 2020 16:08 (one year ago) link

this banger now has a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_da2P5JjQ
Focalistic ft. Vigro Deep • Ke Star

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 September 2020 20:45 (one year ago) link

Thanks for those! The Mixmag piece in particular is interesting.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 19:35 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Propulsion & Vibes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0YvDXksIw8
DJ Lace ft. Khanye • Izint Ezinhle

Regard the timeless piano balladeeress! (breastcrawl), Friday, 9 October 2020 20:22 (eleven months ago) link

Loving all these *different* versions of amapiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91SWcOtx0M
Mr JazziQ ft. Reece Madlisa, Zuma, Mpura, Riky Rick & 9umba • VSOP

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 9 October 2020 21:11 (eleven months ago) link

sorry, wasn't this the Zero12Finest thread?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaNEExJK-ec
Calvin Fallo ft. Zero12Finest • No Strings Attached

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 9 October 2020 21:56 (eleven months ago) link

fun TV performance of Busiswa's "SBWL":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01_H7TtNQ2c

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 October 2020 10:01 (eleven months ago) link

Izint Ezinhle is excellent. And yeah definitely something "different" going on...I wonder if I really have any idea what makes amapiano amapiano? Anyway, I got pleasing Tresor-ish vibes from that. I also want to say that I *love* the guitar that comes in at the end, that's how you do it :)

VSOP's amapiano d'ennui is certainly an intriguing move, maybe a little sluggish for repeat listens imo, but very cool to see how much stretch there is in this sound.

rob, Monday, 12 October 2020 13:45 (eleven months ago) link

yeah, I guess I sh/c/ould have posted "Izint Ezinhle" on the Sun-El thread as sort of adjacent to Blaq Diamond or Samthing's "Omama Bomthandazo", but percussion and bass-wise it is definitely under the influence of amapiano.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 October 2020 14:30 (eleven months ago) link

I mentioned it somewhere (but not on this thread I don’t think), but KayGee DaKing x Bizizi’s Kokota Piano (Amapiano Vol. 1) is a killer album, one of my favourites of the year. Front to back strong amapiano tracks with a delicious pop crunch.

Of course there’s last year’s massive “Kokota” (see upthread, also for the wedding dance version), and its follow-up “Isabella”, but these two:
Kaygee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Team Mosha • December;
Kaygee DaKing & Bizizi • Sendi Location
were posted here as well, with links that are now broken.

They made a video for “Rambo” (which might actually be the sparsest of the bunch, with not as much of that pop sheen):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJISK2BiHOs

(btw they've since dropped a new project as well, called Double Dragon)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 October 2020 14:48 (eleven months ago) link

Another very good album I never mentioned on this thread: Semi Tee’s I’m Only Tweentyone (yes, it’s spelled ‘tweentyone’). It’s some dense shit, sonically closer to gqom than most amapiano. Check “Mercedes” and especially “Stayla” upthread.

Weirdly, singles “Gabadiya” and this one (I’m replacing the broken link):
Semi Tee ft. Ma Lemon • Lemonade
are not included on the album.

This other heavy hitter with Ma Lemon is though:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FijCIxLVs1w
Semi Tee ft. Ma Lemon • Vumani

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 October 2020 15:35 (eleven months ago) link

(Everybody needs some) Amapiano relaxation:

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

(possibly outvibing even DJ Stokie’s “Senorita”)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:30 (eleven months ago) link

But maybe you want your amapiano to do more... damage?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q438fxYiar0
Quexdeep • Damage

And, crucially:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKsfRZcPngs
Mapara A Jazz ft. Ntosh Gazi & Colano • John Vuli Gate

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 16:11 (eleven months ago) link

Seriously, the John Vuli Gate thing is *blowing up* in SA - it comes with A Challenge:

read about it here...

watch it here...

parodies abound...

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Monday, 19 October 2020 16:18 (eleven months ago) link

Checked up on that Ntosh Gazi guy who's on "John Vula Gate", and this, from last year, is great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpTCM5n8ZAs
Ntosh Gazi ft. BlackBoyCannon • Tshaba

(it has 25 views, whatever)

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 20 October 2020 17:45 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

this is quite something from Busiswa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Knx9Vi1MRM
Busiswa ft. Mr JazziQ • Makazi

Between Mr JazziQ and Josiah De Disciple, JazziDisciples are having quite a year with all the stuff they’ve been involved with. Probably my favourite amapiano producers after Kabza (w/wo Maphorisa).

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 November 2020 20:29 (ten months ago) link

that's great, it's cool to hear how busiswa has adapted to amapiano beats

ufo, Saturday, 7 November 2020 00:50 (ten months ago) link

yeah, her vocal on this is amazing, unlike anything I’ve heard her do before

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 7 November 2020 11:22 (ten months ago) link

to be clear: *her vocal on this* is unlike anything I’ve heard her do before, she’s been plenty amazing in the past as well obviously

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 7 November 2020 11:25 (ten months ago) link

this is fucking great

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 8 November 2020 15:05 (ten months ago) link

oh my god, "Makazi" people! i'm not kidding! don't sleep on this!

that vocal breakdown at 4'25 is e-ve-ry-thing

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 12:42 (ten months ago) link

Loving the aggressive hip hop into Amapiano vibes of Da Les’ Elon Musk, featuring some familiar voices:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ4eWa7v-Bo

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 14 November 2020 14:30 (ten months ago) link

moodypiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n60B5bPQfx8
Solid T ft. Mr Madumane • Kom Kyk

does this feature the *real* Madumane (ie Maphorisa's rap alias?) or just someone who sounds quite like him and mentions his name a lot? either way, this is one groovy jam.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 22:58 (ten months ago) link

As a Dutchie, I’m fascinated by the occasional Afrikaans (loan)words and phrases in the lyrics of Zulu/Xhosa/etc music genres. Here the track title is Afrikaans, it means “Come (have a) look”.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 November 2020 23:08 (ten months ago) link

Yeah there's a good number of Afrikaans words that have passed in South African English. Braai. Askies. Buckie. Lekker. Not even getting into the food (Boerewors, Vetkoek). When I was staying there the landlord's 5-year-old daughter would be coming to visit us at the cottage, and her English was full of Afrikaans and it was very fun trying to decipher what she was saying. We'd be asking her "did you have a good slaapie Kara ?", "what did you kyked ?". When we returned last year, she had grown up and her English was perfect (and little Boer accent thank God).
I also still can't get enough that South Africans call a traffic light a "robot". 'Short left after robot'.

Nabozo, Sunday, 15 November 2020 11:36 (ten months ago) link

I forgot an obvious one: voetsek !

Nabozo, Sunday, 15 November 2020 11:37 (ten months ago) link

one of the most surprising examples to me is “verstaan(a)” (‘understand’) in the Xhosa lyrics of Tresor & Msaki’s “Sondela” (not amapiano obviously).

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 November 2020 13:45 (ten months ago) link

about that “verkoek”:

https://static.raru.co.za/cover/2014/04/11/130398-l.jpg?v=1397170800

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 November 2020 13:49 (ten months ago) link

damn, “vetkoek”

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 November 2020 13:49 (ten months ago) link

does "askies" just mean "I'm sorry"?

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:15 (ten months ago) link

yep, same word as “excuse”, but (I think) instead derived from the Dutch “excuus”

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:32 (ten months ago) link

the above confirmed ✅

(in Afrikaans it’s spelled “ekskuus” tho, with “askies” being the colloquial version that’s used in other SA languages as well)

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:30 (ten months ago) link

dank je!

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:13 (ten months ago) link

Busiswa just dropped a new album, My Side of the Story. The tracklist suggests it's very amapiano-heavy.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:01 (nine months ago) link

it must be the December season!

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:02 (nine months ago) link

it's good!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 November 2020 18:02 (nine months ago) link

i kinda think Makazi is a competitor for best song of the year

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 November 2020 18:02 (nine months ago) link

beautypiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlG_6eqLCuo
Zain SA • Ina Iyeza

Running up that hill but fleeting (a deal with Gop) (breastcrawl), Sunday, 29 November 2020 16:06 (nine months ago) link

How about some TanzaPiano?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJXB8kqKMOk
Marioo ft. Sho Madjozi & Bontle Smith • Mama Amina

(made with generous help from South Africa obviously)

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:44 (nine months ago) link

The Busiswa album is good, much better than the forgettable rush job that was her previous, Summer Life, two years ago - but not as good as Highly Flavoured before it imo. Wish she would have made good on the promise of tracks 1 and 3, where (like on “Makazi”) she uses her voice differently. Her singing voice on “Dololo” in particular is nothing short of spectacular. Quite the mission statement, I thought, but apart from “Bonnie & Clyde” she doesn’t really back it up on the rest of the album. Still, “SBWL” and especially “Makazi” are among the best singles of the year and there’s two strong tracks from the Mas/Kabza/Maphorisa camp.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:55 (nine months ago) link

loving this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdkPvFE2wac

Falz ft. Niniola - Squander

where do all these unsold amps go? (gaudio), Friday, 4 December 2020 18:37 (nine months ago) link

prime naijapiano!

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Friday, 4 December 2020 23:25 (nine months ago) link

got around to Busiswa's My Side of the Story and i pretty much agree with breastcrawl - it's not quite the tour de force that Highly Flavoured was, but still a welcome return to form after Summer Life was such a disappointment

ufo, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 09:14 (nine months ago) link

anywhere you can buy 320s for ama or just amazon/itunes?

vvvwwwv, Saturday, 19 December 2020 21:52 (nine months ago) link

7digital is probably your best bet

ufo, Sunday, 20 December 2020 00:15 (nine months ago) link

nice 1, can't find everything but there's a decent amount on there.

vvvwwwv, Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:50 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'll be giving a talk and doing an amapiano set tomorrow at the school I teach at, so I was just wondering if anyone had any particularly good articles about the genre that they'd like to share? It would be appreciated.
(I thought I'd show the yoof the Shaya! documentary.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B9frOKUwz0

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 15:10 (eight months ago) link

from upthread:

Stumbled upon these two articles while looking for sources
https://mixmag.net/feature/amapiano-south-africa-house-music-movement-gauteng
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/from-south-africa-to-the-world-why-amapiano-could-be-the-next-dance-music-genre-to-rule-the-clubs-1.1065104

― Nabozo, woensdag 23 september 2020 20:07

Thanks for those! The Mixmag piece in particular is interesting.

― No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), woensdag 23 september 2020 21:35

I'll be giving a talk and doing an amapiano set tomorrow at the school I teach at

would love to hear more about this! what age are the students? is this part of a larger curriculum or more of a one-time thing?

rob, Friday, 8 January 2021 15:23 (eight months ago) link

The 20 Best Amapiano Songs of 2020 according to OkayAfrica, the blurbs are quite interesting:

https://www.okayafrica.com/best-amapiano-songs-of-2020/?rebelltitem=15#rebelltitem15

About breaking amapiano worldwide:

https://www.okayafrica.com/amapiano-who-will-introduce-to-the-world-op-ed/

(of those 20, the best for me are unquestionably "Ilog Drum" and "Jazzidisciples (Zlele)", both nominated for the EOY <<hint, hint>>)


would love to hear more about this! what age are the students? is this part of a larger curriculum or more of a one-time thing?

Thanks! They're between 19 and 63, lol, with most of them being in their late teens, early twenties. The school is part of the Norwegian "folkehøgskole" system, which means there are no exams and thus no set curriculum, but it's geared towards humanist values and lots of teaching of philosophy, literature, art, international politics, creative writing, etc, which basically means I can do whatever I want to, lol. (We're lucky enough to have stayed open throughout the pandemic thus far.)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 15:54 (eight months ago) link

and thanks, breastcrawl!
What would you guys say was the very first ama-hit to break into the mainstream?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 16:12 (eight months ago) link

pretty sure that was Kwiish SA's "Iskhathi (Gong Gong)" (first months of 2019). MFR Souls ft. TallArseTee's "Bamb’ikhanda" was a prettyy crucial track as well, but I don't think it actually charted.

these were my first ramblings about it on Rolling Afropop back then: rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

xp

thanks - that's great stuff

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 17:04 (eight months ago) link

thanks for the response, longneck. I hate to be one of those north americans who romanticizes scandinavian social policy without having ever been there, but those schools sound great and it would be nice to live in a culture where lifelong learning was considered a good thing

rob, Friday, 8 January 2021 17:46 (eight months ago) link

finally getting around to kabza de small's i am the king of amapiano: sweet & dust and oh my god why is this 3 hours long lmao

ufo, Friday, 8 January 2021 20:01 (eight months ago) link

gotta listen all the way till the end tho - there’s a weak patch in the middle (those guitar tracks), but the best tracks are in the Dust section at the back

have just hit the guitar tracks patch and yeah these tracks are just too chill even for amapiano. i would love this guitar noodling if there was a little more going on but it seems to just aim for ambience rather than balearic-esque transcendence

ufo, Friday, 8 January 2021 21:19 (eight months ago) link

hope you made it through that section. would be worth it.

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Saturday, 9 January 2021 23:35 (eight months ago) link

i made it through the whole album and it was overall pleasant of course but truly too much as a whole, hard to pick up on the back section being the strongest part bc of how it all blends together in an album that long

ufo, Sunday, 10 January 2021 01:52 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

late advice, but: maybe try “Ilog Drum” and “Balanc’Ise” - best tracks on the album imo, and very different from what’s going on in the first half

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:14 (seven months ago) link

anyway, here to celebrate the fact that “Jazzidisciples (Zlele)” placed in the EOY, at #65, too low of course, but I’ll take it.

reposting the video in its honour:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGvAKp3fOqg

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:17 (seven months ago) link

loved this from D-40 on the rollout thread:

the reason "Jazzidisciples" stands out so much to me is that it felt like a dramatic shift in the sound amapiano had been moving towards -- where earlier records held onto this forward momentum, they figured out how to make a record that felt almost still and static while not rhythmically being that way at all -- all negative space, slow-motion. i think that's why it became such a huge record. If you're looking from a distance it might seem like a minute change, but if you're following all the records that become hits it had this really revelatory feeling, like oh look at all the possibilities this is opening up

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:19 (seven months ago) link

btw, this thread will still be here to be enjoyed, but the main action this year is expected to be on this here new Rolling thread:

MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South Africa thread

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:21 (seven months ago) link

that is a great post

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:44 (seven months ago) link

"ilog drum" is so ridiculously good

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:48 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

really enjoying "bathandwa" from the mfr souls album. that album's been out since august of last year(?) but i guess i wasn't fated to hear this track until it got a video and could thus reach my ears via youtube recommendation algorithm/overlord

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

dyl, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:27 (seven months ago) link

yes, “Bathandwa” is a fabulous track.

Musical Kings is one of those big amapiano albums that I still haven’t listened to in full even tho all the tracks I have heard are great - see also DJ Stokie’s My Journey. they’re just so damn long!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:37 (seven months ago) link

(points feebly at the Rolling MZANSI MUZIQ thread)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:42 (seven months ago) link

Blown away by A-Star's Nana Riddim ghanapiano goodness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfYvrBjwZA8

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 19 February 2021 18:22 (seven months ago) link

follow-up “Free” is piano-drenched as well

question: if amapiano ever hits dancehall, will we call it a) “jamapiano” or b) “ganjapiano”?

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 19:22 (seven months ago) link

the biggest SA amapiano hit in Nigeria gets an appropriate remix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR5uz13lhB0
Focalistic ft. Davido & Vigro Deep • Ke Star (Remix)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 19:24 (seven months ago) link

(btw I’m still gesturing indiscernibly towards... well, you know)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 19:24 (seven months ago) link

Voted raggapiano

rob, Friday, 19 February 2021 19:35 (seven months ago) link

can't wait for... shabbapiano

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 19 February 2021 20:55 (seven months ago) link

bambamapiano

rob, Friday, 19 February 2021 20:58 (seven months ago) link

baby keep em coming

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 21:29 (seven months ago) link

do we need a video for the "Ke Star" remix? I think we do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQKKCXXRcKE
Focalistic ft. Davido & Vigro Deep • Ke Star (Remix)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:04 (six months ago) link

Not sold on this yet - the original is pretty much perfect and some of Davido's shadings seem eh unnecessary - but let's see how this plays out anyway.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:47 (six months ago) link

it’s interesting to me as a sign of the times (#1 in Naija and all that) - and I think the video is super fun

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:26 (six months ago) link

i certainly dig the fashion

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 23:15 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

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 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/9606724/8-things-to-know-about-south-africas-amapiano-genre-a-locals-guide-to-the-scene/

Written by person who has written liner notes for Awesome Tapes from Africa amapiano releases

Awesome Tapes is releasing a new song by Native Soul called “Dead Sangoma”. Native Soul album Teenage Dreams will be out September 24

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 11:58 (one month ago) link


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