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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

wait is this on the album too?

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:03 (one year ago) link

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

ufo, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (one year ago) link

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

omar little, Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:04 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

dyl, Friday, 20 April 2018 03:16 (one year ago) link

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

ufo, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:10 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Dan S, Friday, 20 April 2018 23:49 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

oh man i love bamthathile. loving this so far

Heez, Saturday, 21 April 2018 03:03 (one year ago) link

This is great.

Tim F, Sunday, 22 April 2018 01:30 (one year ago) link

good timing for summer around the corner

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

what a good album

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 22 April 2018 13:45 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

aw :)

Yeah, this album is really good.

Frederik B, Sunday, 22 April 2018 15:53 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

this is amazing

Nourry, Monday, 23 April 2018 22:17 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Nabozo, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:29 (one year ago) link

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

Nourry, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:49 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Sengimoja is the one.

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

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

rob, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:27 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

i think that's my second favourite after Akanamali

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

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

Matt DC, Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:09 (one year ago) link

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

dyl, Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:30 (one year ago) link

Yeah, agreed, “Happy Birthday” is the weakest link here.

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:50 (four months ago) link

Wow, Akulaleki is one of the best songs I've heard all year

Frederik B, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:10 (four months ago) link

...which means you’ll have to check out Scorpion Kings as well, fred! Apart from table posting a track on the Rolling thread no one seems to have picked up on it, but it’s just so good all the way through.

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:23 (four months ago) link

Damn both those tracks are great! Gonna add Scorpion Kings to my massive to-listen pile as well, thanks for the tip

rob, Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:58 (four months ago) link

yeah those rule, will absolutely have to check out the full samthing album as well as scorpion kings

ufo, Saturday, 28 September 2019 13:07 (four months ago) link

Yeah, Scorpion Kings is massive. Thanks breastcrawl!

Frederik B, Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:09 (four months ago) link

Another good track with Samthing:
Prince Bulo ft. Samthing Soweto & Kid X • Ngibuyile

breastcrawl, Saturday, 28 September 2019 21:51 (four months ago) link

That live session I posted is/s/a vibe btw (I hadn’t checked it before)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 29 September 2019 13:48 (three months ago) link

To bring the thread back to Sun-El, these are some recent tracks he produced:
Sino Msolo • Intombi Yam
Sino Msolo • Ndikhetha Lowa
Mthunzi ft. Sun-El • Insimbi
Ami Faku ft. Sun-El • Ndivulele

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 08:48 (three months ago) link

oh wow "Ndivulele" is incredible and "Intombi Yam" and "Ndikhetha Lowa" are lovely too

thank you very much for staying on top of all of this

ufo, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 11:16 (three months ago) link

ta, ufo. That Ami Faku track is from her album, which I have yet to listen to in full.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 11:38 (three months ago) link

yeah, great stuff!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 October 2019 16:36 (three months ago) link

Lots of new South African stuff of potential interest to the followers of this thread was posted yesterday on the Rolling Afropop etc. thread. More or less arbitrarily, I’m posting this one here. More of the same, you might say, but it’s all (so) good:
MFR Souls ft. DJ Maphorisa, ShaSha & Kabza De Small • Love You Tonight

breastcrawl, Saturday, 12 October 2019 16:56 (three months ago) link

samthing album is so beautiful

nxd, Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:01 (three months ago) link

yes, it’s like every time I’m playing it a new song starts revealing itself. today it happened with “Nodoli”.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 12 October 2019 21:14 (three months ago) link

On the cover of the Rolling Stone (well, not quite).

breastcrawl, Monday, 14 October 2019 07:10 (three months ago) link

Is it too early to call all of this a beauty spree?
Sha Sha ft. Samthing Soweto • Abondaba

(from a forthcoming EP? album? apparently - I posted her (and Maphorisa & Kabza’s) amapiano cover of “Sing It Back” on the Moloko thread)

breastcrawl, Friday, 18 October 2019 07:21 (three months ago) link

latin beats now! would love it if amapiano bodied into that market.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 18 October 2019 16:06 (three months ago) link

Another Sha Sha beauty:

Sha Sha ft. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small • Tender Love

breastcrawl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 21:28 (three months ago) link

From Amanda Black’s new album:
Amanda Black ft. Ami Faku • Khumbula

breastcrawl, Monday, 28 October 2019 21:26 (three months ago) link

really like "khumbula", will have to check out the album

ufo, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:04 (two months ago) link

Sha Sha/ShaSha is on all the good tracks these days, and Blossom, her 8-track debut EP, is absolutely wonderful. Apart from the tracks already posted upthread, I’m in love with the three songs in the middle, “Emazulwini”, “Mutare” and “Water”.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 2 November 2019 20:51 (two months ago) link

Yeah, really lovely ep! Kinda love the Moloko cover.

Frederik B, Sunday, 3 November 2019 21:33 (two months ago) link

A year on, the Simmy album is still as magical as ever.

“Hamba Jumba” is the track that has secretly become my favourite:

Actually, “Nawe” has a video now, which is nice of course, but I’d love to hear something new from her:

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:35 (two months ago) link

“Hamba Jumba” again:

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:41 (two months ago) link

that’s “Hamba JUBA”. doing really nicely here...

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 November 2019 21:43 (two months ago) link

yeh my personal fav but what a record

nxd, Friday, 15 November 2019 14:43 (two months ago) link

it really is. Would love to hear she has something new coming out before 2020...

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 November 2019 17:32 (two months ago) link

finally got around to the Sha Sha EP (it's long enough to be an album really) and it's fantastic as expected

ufo, Saturday, 16 November 2019 01:05 (two months ago) link

The Blossom EP might top all my year lists. Her voice is amazing. And I still can't get enough of Kabza de Small's productions.

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 12:49 (two months ago) link

Mutare is in Shona btw.

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:31 (two months ago) link

the Amanda Black album is really fantastic too

ufo, Sunday, 17 November 2019 13:51 (two months ago) link

“Into Ingawe” is still gorgeous. There’s a video now:

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:16 (two months ago) link

More from the Sun-El realm:

Mamela, the debut album by Sun-El protégé Sino Msolo is very good. I posted the first two singles a while back, this is his latest video (for one of the least Sun-Elly tracks):
Sino Msolo • Kaso

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:51 (two months ago) link

S-Tone (a guest vocalist on both Africa to the World and Tugela Fairy) also has an EP out:
S-Tone • Imbizo

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 November 2019 00:52 (two months ago) link

that Kaso is a jam, thanking you breastcrawl

rob, Sunday, 1 December 2019 15:54 (one month ago) link

new videos for Akulaleki and AmaDM here and for Lotto on the way for Samthing:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 20:49 (one month ago) link

all of this stuff is going to be a godsend today, a good vibes IV drip

Simon H., Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:18 (one month ago) link

DJ Stokie ft. Loxion Deep & Kabza De Small • Senorita

breastcrawl, Friday, 13 December 2019 23:50 (one month ago) link

wow that's utterly sublime

ufo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 06:21 (one month ago) link

I listed this in my most recent 11 favourite songs of the moment, fuck, but I never actually posted it:

DJ Sonic SA ft. Manqonqo & Tonic Jazz • Endlini

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 13:47 (one month ago) link

This is so beautiful. It’s South African - but in a more “international” house style. There might be a better thread for it, I’d like to know, I’ll post it there too:
J Maloe ft. Heidi B & Ceega wa Meropa • It Is Time

breastcrawl, Sunday, 22 December 2019 03:07 (one month ago) link

Another gorgeous KabZamthing, from the new The Return of the Scorpion Kings album:
Kabza De Small x DJ Maphorisa ft. Samthing Soweto • Chuze

(check the Rolling Afropop thread for more)

breastcrawl, Monday, 23 December 2019 23:30 (one month ago) link

Because I love it/her so:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 08:26 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Video for “Tender Love”, Sha Sha’s very first:

Remember to vote🔸for the Blossom EP!

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:31 (two weeks ago) link

Just noticed the YouTube link for this is broken:
DJ Stokie ft. Loxion Deep & Kabza De Small - Senorita

Spotify link. It’s votable🔶 material.

breastcrawl, Friday, 17 January 2020 22:48 (one week ago) link

I posted it elsewhere already, but it belongs here too: my playlist with all the South African tracks and albums that were nominated for the EOY.

First 36 out of the 37 nominated tracks (Heavy K’s “Yebo Mama” is missing), from “Sondela” to “John Cena”, and after that the 9 nominated albums, from Sho Madjozi back down to Tresor.


breastcrawl, Friday, 17 January 2020 23:01 (one week ago) link

mthunzi's "insimbi", a v nice track that was shared upthread a few months ago, now has a video out to accompany the release of his debut album selimathunzi just now

album also includes last year's "vuka" and "ngibambe la" + the more recent cut "elentulo"

dyl, Friday, 24 January 2020 04:59 (four days ago) link

It also has a track with Simmy - and this beautiful song with Ami Faku, “Uyathandeka”:

It’s quite a long album (16 tracks). Some of the best tracks are in the final section.

breastcrawl, Friday, 24 January 2020 09:43 (four days ago) link

randomly revisited "akanamali" tonight -- years later, still tremendous.

dyl, Saturday, 25 January 2020 08:37 (three days ago) link

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