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

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the album to follow-up board favourite single Akanamali is out and it's all gorgeous afro-house in the same vein. one of my favourite pop albums so far this year

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:58 (four years ago) link

Akanamali was by far my favorite discovery from the year-end poll, will definitely check this out.

bhad gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:01 (four years ago) link

Probably as good a place as any to put this, which I've never seen mentioned on ILM

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:02 (four years ago) link

wait is this on the album too?

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:03 (four years ago) link

Ubala is really excellent, one of his best though it's not on the album

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (four years ago) link

never mind it's on a mix he put out with the same name:

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (four years ago) link

album tracklist:
1. With You (feat. Desiree Dawson)
2. Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto)
3. Sengimoja
4. Life We Live (feat. Les-Ego & Nontu X)
5. No Stopping Us (feat. S-Tone)
6. Goodbye (feat. DJ Charl & Lelo Kamau)
7. Umalukatane (feat. S-Tone)
8. Sonini (feat. Simmy & Lelo Kamau)
9. Ntaba Ezikude (feat. Simmy)
10. Random
11. The Wave
12. Bamthathile (feat. Mlindo the Vocalist)
13. Yere Faga (feat. Oumou Sangaré) [Sun–El Musician Remix]

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:07 (four years ago) link

if there is even 1 song on here that's half as good as sonini then this'll probably be my favorite album of the year

brendon urine (diamonddave85), Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:16 (four years ago) link

super excited for this, but it doesn't seem particularly available yet? (at least in Canada)

rob, Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:40 (four years ago) link

it's out on the 20th digitally (which it is here) but when I posted this thread I thought it had been released digitally a few days ago since it seems to have gotten a surprise physical release then in South Africa

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 23:28 (four years ago) link

Oh, lol, it's in Denmark as well now. I don't think they accounted for summer time.

Frederik B, Friday, 20 April 2018 00:15 (four years ago) link

excited to hear this! "akanamali" is still achingly beautiful

dyl, Friday, 20 April 2018 03:16 (four years ago) link

I really love the interplay between the scatting vocals and the brass on Sengimoja

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:10 (four years ago) link

this album is exactly what i could've hoped for, about an hour of songs that scratch the same itch as akanamali

bhad gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 April 2018 23:23 (four years ago) link

been looking forward to this, haven't heard it yet

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 23:49 (four years ago) link

really quite impressed on first listen. the back half might be my favorite, with the two purely instrumental cuts toward the end being big highlights, "the wave" in particular.

"akanamali" really deserved to conquer the world. as much as i hate to keep singling it out for praise, it deserves all of it and more.

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:50 (four years ago) link

for whatever reason the follow-up single to "akanamali", "bamthathile", has not clicked with me tho

dyl, Saturday, 21 April 2018 02:52 (four years ago) link

oh man i love bamthathile. loving this so far

Heez, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:03 (four years ago) link

This is great.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:30 (four years ago) link

good timing for summer around the corner

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Sunday, 22 April 2018 05:15 (four years ago) link

what a good album

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:45 (four years ago) link

god bless a record that goes out of its way to make me feel like i'm on a boat

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:51 (four years ago) link

aw :)

Yeah, this album is really good.

Frederik B, Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:53 (four years ago) link

Hate to make this comparison, but some of this sounds like an Innervisions release or something I expect Dixon to be remixing.

But yeah, enjoying this a lot anyway.

MikoMcha, Monday, 23 April 2018 08:45 (four years ago) link

Haha yeah I remember Culoe de Song’s early stuff sounded a lot like this.

Tim F, Monday, 23 April 2018 08:58 (four years ago) link

Nothing off this has stood out as much as Akanamali, which is a one-in-a-million amazing song, but it's neat so far.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:29 (four years ago) link

If you ever get to go on a sunset drive down the motorway, whack that song tout-de-suite

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Monday, 23 April 2018 13:30 (four years ago) link

this is amazing

Nourry, Monday, 23 April 2018 22:17 (four years ago) link

Okay so I still think Akanamali is a unique piece of work that towers over p much everything here. About 50% of the rest of this sounds like passable vocal house and doesn't really interest me. I definitely prefer the stuff that's more obviously African/South African styling but I need to listen a few more times.

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 08:46 (four years ago) link

It may be classic vocal house, but I like its light-luminous-breezy character so imo it compares favorably to classic house (a genre I've only brushed admittedly). Akanamali will likely remain the crowd favorite, but the rest is really consistent and agreeable, with some glorious layers and a great sense of melody. I haven't bought a CD in ages, but I'd buy this to play it in the car yeah. Impressive debut.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:45 (four years ago) link

I'll say it's a bit unfortunate to open with With You given some of the tracks that follow, it'd have made more sense to have Simmy instead of the American accent of that Canadian chick. I'm also questioning it because the latter part of the album (from Sonini to Bamthathile) sounds so strong to me, though I can't complain about Akanamali - No Stopping Us - Goodbye.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:05 (four years ago) link

If you like Akanamali, this one is for sure the closest

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:29 (four years ago) link

I'm kinda addicted to 'Sengimoja' and 'Goodbye'.

Nourry, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:49 (four years ago) link

Nabozo OTM. With You is kind of hedging its bets, but overall it's a pleasant (sometimes erring on the safe/generic side) listen. The last part of the album is much more like it as far as I care so far. This'll make great BBQ music whatever happens

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:13 (four years ago) link

With You is one of the weaker tracks but it's still nice for the vocal loop that comes in at the end.

ufo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:21 (four years ago) link

Sengimoja is the one.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:18 (four years ago) link

I was listening to Sonsini and thinking how amazing it would be to be dancing to this song at sunrise and then the soft rock guitar came in and just slayed me. That one might actually be better than Akanamali.

The rest of this album = let vibes be unconfined.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 08:03 (four years ago) link

Sonini slightly reminds me of Time is Over (for sheer technoish sky-suspended brilliance). Qamata sonini.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:20 (four years ago) link

Okay I listened to the whole album twice while driving this morning and it's really growing on me. Still not a big fan of the first track but the rest is wonderful. Definitely great in the right context

brand new universal harvester (dog latin), Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:08 (four years ago) link

since I rinsed Akanamali last year, I find starting on track 3 works really well

rob, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:27 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Testing the waters with the Sun-El fandom: I posted this slightly trippy SA gem on the Afropop thread, but over there no one’s biting.

Zinaro ft. JB (of Thee Legacy) & Dust, “Dali Wami”

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:51 (four years ago) link

As for the S-EM album, “No Stopping Us”, which didn’t do much for me when it dropped in February alongside “Bamthathile”, really shines in the album context. It wears its generic Robin Schulziness extremely well.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:52 (four years ago) link

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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) link

i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

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

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

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

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

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

yeah the samthing EP (lol that 36 minutes is now an EP with amapiano track lengths) is decent but sometimes feels a little too amapiano-by-numbers and isn't as strong as last year's album. still pleasant though

ufo, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 09:58 (one year ago) link

The Danko! Medley is amazing! Highlight for me

octobeard, Thursday, 17 December 2020 02:43 (one year ago) link

im v late to this party but this is some of my favorite music ever rn

discourse stu (m bison), Saturday, 19 December 2020 18:46 (one year ago) link

Uwrongo is on Obama’s EOY list lol

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 19 December 2020 20:43 (one year ago) link


the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 December 2020 20:52 (one year ago) link

he went with the edited version, very unpresidential imo

it’s summer in Mzansi:
Blaq Diamond • SummerYoMuthi

Love Mlindo's loopy vocal on this album cut:
Senzo Afrika ft. Mlindo The Vocalist & Alie Keys • Ngiyajola

The Danko! Medley is amazing! Highlight for me

― octobeard, donderdag 17 december 2020 3:43

there's a video now, just in time for Xmas:
Samthing Soweto ft. Mzansi Youth Choir • The Danko! Medley


This is an amazing uplifting clip. Love this new blue lipstick trend.

Nabozo, Sunday, 20 December 2020 23:42 (one year ago) link

Watched it 10 times already. Now want them to cover every Amapiano song in existence.

Nabozo, Monday, 21 December 2020 01:06 (one year ago) link

more beauty:
Fka Mash ft. Just Bheki & Da Muziqal Chef • Zamalobolo

happy new year!

Black Coffee ft. Maxine Ashley & Sun-El Musician • You Need Me

finally got around to the Claudio x Kenza album and I think it's maybe better than both Simmy's and Sun-El's albums this year

ufo, Friday, 1 January 2021 11:43 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

new Mthunzi track - with Sun-El:
Mthunzi • Elentulo

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:13 (one year ago) link

reminder that most of the current South African musical action is now taking place here:

MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South Africa thread

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:19 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Nobuhle, best known for her feature on Sun-El’s “Never Never”, has a new song out, “Phezulu”, produced by Kenza (no Claudio):

This is how she sung it live back in June:

(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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

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

"Sihlobo Sami":

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

two months pass...

love that track.

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 13 July 2021 15:23 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Sweet and intoxicating, a few steps short of transcendental, really few. Love the vocals. There's also an extended mix
Sun-EL Musician - Portia's Chant

Nabozo, Sunday, 15 August 2021 09:27 (one year ago) link

one month passes...
Sun-El Musician - Higher feat. Simmy
Sun-El Musician - (more) Higher feat. Simmy

Nabozo, Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:37 (one year ago) link

just listened to this <33333

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 19 September 2021 17:39 (one year ago) link

great tune

nxd, Sunday, 19 September 2021 22:35 (one year ago) link

oh it's gorgeous

dyl, Monday, 20 September 2021 19:26 (one year ago) link

Very uplifting comedown music

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 20 September 2021 20:53 (one year ago) link

this is fucking good

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:58 (one year ago) link

what a song. love everything they do together.

Indexed, Friday, 1 October 2021 21:15 (one year ago) link

i like side b ("ululate") of the single he just put out

dyl, Saturday, 2 October 2021 04:17 (one year ago) link

this is so beautiful

"Wawundithembisile" - The One Who Sings ft. Sun-El Musician and Kenza

Roz, Monday, 11 October 2021 04:27 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Sun-El's new album African Electronic Dance Music is out today, a little more palatable than the last one at "only" one hour & 3 minutes. The first four and last two tracks on initial contact seem like the highlights

monotony, Friday, 5 November 2021 00:51 (eleven months ago) link

ooh thanks! surprised this isn't getting more attention...

Indexed, Friday, 5 November 2021 16:40 (eleven months ago) link

The whole thing is great.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 6 November 2021 01:17 (ten months ago) link

need to listen to it asap

honestly, i slept on the last one. it's definitely way too long, but i really like disc 2 and disc 1 has several great tracks too

dyl, Saturday, 6 November 2021 02:23 (ten months ago) link

I love him but his work is so samey it can be hard to pick out highlights. Not really a criticism but if I’m enthusing about him, I’ll still send friends to Akanamali first.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 November 2021 13:20 (ten months ago) link

Or Emakhaya. Ok there’s a few…

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 6 November 2021 13:22 (ten months ago) link

yeah the last album definitely suffered from being nearly 3 hours, i'm sure it would have been much more enjoyable if you cut it down to the best hour or less, but getting to that point would be a real challenge

new one seems better on first listen, though the vocal tracks are notably stronger than the instrumentals

ufo, Sunday, 7 November 2021 00:16 (ten months ago) link

love the album all the way thru

tho he has something of a signature aesthetic i don't know if it's quite fair to call his music samey. there are a few tracks on here that i would not have guessed were by him if they'd been in the middle of a mix/comp or something

dyl, Monday, 8 November 2021 00:26 (ten months ago) link

it's only really an issue over the course of a 3 hour album

ufo, Monday, 8 November 2021 00:30 (ten months ago) link

The number of tracks seems to come from a place of generosity, though, rather than “lack of quality control”

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 8 November 2021 14:32 (ten months ago) link

Three quarters of this - the first half and last few songs - are excellent. "Amateki," "Higher," and "Bestfriend" especially. "Amateki" is an immediate mood boost. "Higher" has a spiritual quality to it and is one of my favorite tracks of the year. The third-quarter of the album, which consists of instrumental afro-house tracks "Jozi", "Spiritual Bomb," and "Alone" I wish was about 10 minutes shorter.

Indexed, Monday, 8 November 2021 15:34 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...
six months pass...

still the best thing Sun-El has been involved in this year:
Miči ft. Sun-El Musician • Respond

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 3 September 2022 14:36 (one month ago) link

one of my favs ❤️

terence trent d'ilfer (m bison), Saturday, 3 September 2022 15:11 (one month ago) link

Sun-El doesn’t make amapiano (although some remarks and posts here and elsewhere suggest otherwise), but I’m hoping this poll I created might get the amapiano party started again on ILM, because we’re seriously logging… lagging behind. here’s your invitation - I hope you will all participate:

drowning in a blissful ocean of log drums and keys: 🎹🎹 amapiano a-z 🎹🎹 an ilm poll

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 September 2022 15:07 (one month ago) link

not Sun-El, but this is a production by fellow Afro House adept (and sometimes collaborator) Thakzin:
Nana Atta ft. DJ Thakzin • Libalele

(I haven’t listened to the rest of the Emakhosini EP it’s from yet)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 17 September 2022 16:35 (two weeks ago) link

^^^ very good little EP. made me realise how little afro house I’ve been listening to in the past year or so (post-“Osama” perhaps?) - too much piano, too little time basically.

I loooove “Nyoni”:

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 18 September 2022 13:41 (two weeks ago) link
Msaki ft. Sun-El Musician • Pata Pata Saguquka

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 30 September 2022 07:31 (five days ago) link

Hmmm, think I recognize the chorus of that from somewhere else? Possible cover?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 September 2022 09:56 (five days ago) link

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