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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKxFS8L6AlQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlVhfJLAVG0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5nXcw3X-N4

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

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

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

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

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

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

wait is this on the album too?

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fDVG1Prfg8

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

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

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

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

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:10 (two 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 bhabie...you gon' hurt your bhack (voodoo chili), Friday, 20 April 2018 23:23 (two years ago) link

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

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

oh man i love bamthathile. loving this so far

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

This is great.

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

good timing for summer around the corner

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

what a good album

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

aw :)

Yeah, this album is really good.

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

this is amazing

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

If you like Akanamali, this one is for sure the closest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CedK4VtxLEI

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

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

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

Sengimoja is the one.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:18 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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.
https://youtu.be/J1ednPRrNH0

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

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

“Sonini”, the track with Simmy and Lelo Kamau, is the new single and has a video to go with it: https://youtu.be/cFr81MqoTKw

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:57 (two years ago) link

i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

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

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

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

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

dyl, Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:30 (two years 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (three 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 (two 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 (two 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 (one week ago) link

oh, YouTupaws...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp0xrgdOCgw

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:07 (one week ago) link

Okay, I will post the other Samthing track on CN’s new album too. There’s less of him this time, but I’ll take every bit of Samthing I can get and Nyovest is less intrusive on his own track here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOdtEKK8NnA
Cassper Nyovest ft. Samthing Soweto • Ngwanesu

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:08 (one week ago) link

huh, that guy also has Anthony Hamilton on this album! Unfamiliar with him.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

he’s one of SA’s biggest rappers

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:42 (one week ago) link

now that you mention it, i think i remember ngud

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:49 (one week ago) link

he’s also on amapiano hits like Kabza’s “Phoyisa” and “Sponono”, and “Monate Mpolaye” by DJ Sumbody.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 07:39 (one week ago) link


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