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

Sjava interview on the Fader starts out with a o_O

You just dropped an album about a month ago, how has it been?

I think people like it. But I didn’t like it. It’s the label that decided to drop it. I was not ready.

Are you serious?

I think it’s the whackest thing I’ve ever done.

rob, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 17:32 (seven months ago) link

lol omg. i'll def have to listen

"one dance" is a good song!

dyl, Wednesday, 6 February 2019 05:12 (seven months ago) link

Proudly presenting the brand new Prince Kaybee. It’s a bit of a throwback to the sound of his first album, so it actually fits on this thread:

Prince Kaybee ft. Msaki • Fetch Your Life

breastcrawl, Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:15 (seven months ago) link

was listening to Sjava and I realized I recognized his voice from the Black Panther soundtrack. The song he's on "Reasons," has a couple of American rappers on it, but it seems like Sjava's is the dominant style:

simmy simmy ya, simmy yam simmy yay (voodoo chili), Thursday, 7 February 2019 23:38 (seven months ago) link

d'oh the song on the BP soundtrack is called "Seasons" and features the rapper Reason.

Anyway, I dove into the Sjava album and it's taking over my world right now. Sjava not otm

sun-kil moonsician (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 February 2019 17:41 (seven months ago) link

To be fair to the guy, he wraps the interview up like this:

So, in an ideal world, looking at the album as it is, what would you tweak?

Nothing really. It is what it is.

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 17:51 (seven months ago) link

I’m still stuck at that Umphako EP he was talking about, “Intombi” in particular.

breastcrawl, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:07 (seven months ago) link

I organized a small battle between two of my favourite tracks right now. It’s over here: Gqompetition time: two songs, two videos - QDOT vs SHADO M
Feel free to take a look and participate!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:25 (seven months ago) link

This is a great track, and yes, it’s from 2017:

Kaylow feat. DJ Mdix • Isgubhu

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 February 2019 19:10 (six months ago) link

But who am I kidding? I really came to post these mixes Sun-El did for South African radio station 5FM. I just found out he did three 30-minute mixes, one in December and two just recently. And guess what, most of it is new stuff: some instrumental tracks, several tracks with Simmy (!), and some remixes of stuff by others (such as Black Coffee). It’s a lot to take in! (let me just say I can’t wait for him to drop “Indodana” featuring Berita.)
I will post the links from his Soundcloud (which include track listings). The mixes (01 and 03 at least) can also be found on YouTube.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 24 February 2019 19:46 (six months ago) link

ah, thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 February 2019 14:36 (six months ago) link

Has ILM gone into hibernation, apart from forks?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:59 (six months ago) link

that first mix in particular is real good btw; i appreciate the My House opening.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:16 (six months ago) link

I can't find the tracklists?

Frederik B, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:11 (six months ago) link

Sorry, the first mix has no tracklist, the others do though, and...

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:16 (six months ago) link

MIX 01:

01. 00:00 Jeremy Soule - The Streets Of Whiterun (Sun-EL Edit)
02. 02:50 (06:21) Sun-EL Musician Feat. Simmy - That's the way love goes
03. 07:00 Sun-EL Musician Feat. Berita - Indodana
04. 12:19 Sun-EL Musician - Unknown
05. 15:19 Simmy - Nawe
06. 19:07 Sun-EL Musician - Van Damm

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:17 (six months ago) link

great stuff, thanks breastcrawl

nxd, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:32 (six months ago) link

Not sure this is the right place for it, but this is an amazing piece of music:

Kabza De Small ft. Leehleza • Amabele (Shaya)

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 March 2019 22:42 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

This is the most beautiful thing:

Tresor ft. Msaki • Sondela

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:36 (three months ago) link

very pretty. all this music is very pretty, perfect early summer ~vibes~

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:17 (three months ago) link

wow that's great. I was listening to the Mlindo album walking around yesterday and thinking I should bump this thread to check if I've missed anything new

rob, Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:22 (three months ago) link

Yep good summer vibes. Listening to the full Tresor album now. So Sun-El isn't involved with this at all? Are Tresor and Sun-El in same collective or something? Not questioning this being shouted out in this thread, just curious if there's a connection other than sonic/regional.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:57 (three months ago) link

No, in this case it’s just the sonic/regional connection. To me, this song is most at home here, whereas I feel the harder South African club sounds (gqom, most notably) are better suited for the Afropop thread, but it’s all quite arbitrary.

Also, there is no official Sun-El collective as such. Simmy has worked exclusively with him so far, but Mlindo for instance, even though he got his break with a Sun-El track, had DJ Maphorisa produce his album.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:50 (three months ago) link

Gotcha, thanks for the info, and keep posting these!

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:08 (three months ago) link

this is the one i've had on repeat for a couple months now. just a gorgeous mix of sounds worthy of loud listening.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:14 (three months ago) link

Sjava rules!

Reminder that everything that’s posted here is also included on ILM’s official Rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019 Spotify playlist.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 30 May 2019 20:32 (three months ago) link

that Tresor track is really nice, will have to check out the album.

ufo, Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:56 (three months ago) link

Chapter 2 : Myself and @Ami_faku present to you our latest offering “into ingawe” which drops this Friday, Taken from my upcoming project. #EWM #intoingawe

— Sun-EL Musician (@SunELMusician) June 3, 2019

breastcrawl, Monday, 3 June 2019 19:17 (three months ago) link


dyl, Monday, 3 June 2019 21:53 (three months ago) link

Sun-El Musician ft. Ami Faku • Into Ingawe

Also this:
Mthunzi • Vuka

breastcrawl, Friday, 7 June 2019 06:21 (three months ago) link

Thanks a lot for Sondela guys. Also following on Sjava.

Nabozo, Friday, 7 June 2019 16:53 (three months ago) link

Big wow at Into Ingawe, his skills in production are not getting any less than heavenly.

Nabozo, Friday, 7 June 2019 17:00 (three months ago) link

new single is glorious.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 7 June 2019 19:35 (three months ago) link

Today my wife stopped at Sondela's clip and said "Msaki ? Is that her ? She used to come and perform at our house in Melville" but I wasn't there for those nights. We also found out that Simmy has the same flowery dress in Sonini as the one we bought at Mr Price. Cool little details.

Nabozo, Saturday, 15 June 2019 16:02 (three months ago) link

This is gorgeous:

Naima Kay • Soka Lami

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:37 (two months ago) link


nxd, Monday, 24 June 2019 11:03 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Posting the hit track from the pretty magnificent Scorpion Kings EP (but at 12 tracks and 76 minutes you’re free to call it an album) by DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small here because it features Samthing Soweto, the voice on/of Sun-El’s “Akanamali”:
DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small ft. Samthing Soweto & MFR Souls • Amantombazane

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:04 (one month ago) link

Not all of the tracks fit on this thread, but this one does, I think:

DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small ft. Shasha • We’Mama

breastcrawl, Sunday, 21 July 2019 18:08 (one month ago) link

Thanks to whoever posted Sondela, it's now my most-listened track of 2019. So smooth, so beautiful!

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 22 July 2019 21:35 (one month ago) link

it’s a pleasure

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:30 (one month ago) link

Live version of “Sondela”:

And another, choreographed, one:

breastcrawl, Sunday, 28 July 2019 16:34 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Simmy’s “Ngiyesaba” has a video:

Hopefully she’ll be releasing some new material soon too.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:50 (one month ago) link

I only recently first heard this gorgeous song by sometime Sjava collaborators Blaq Diamond:
Blaq Diamond • Emzini Kababa

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:51 (one month ago) link

New song by Samthing Soweto, the voice of “Akanamali”. I love the organ on this - whether it’s amapiano that’s bringing back those sounds or not, I’m all for it:
Samthing Soweto ft. Makhafula Vilakazi • Omama Bomthandazo

breastcrawl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 21:52 (one month ago) link

yeah that's lovely

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:06 (one month ago) link

that is fantastic!

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:25 (one month ago) link

Am I right in assuming you guys are talking about the last track? (I’m not sure, because I posted three back to back)

breastcrawl, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:43 (one month ago) link

oh yeah I meant Samthing

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:45 (one month ago) link

incidentally, I just discovered Samthing's live version of Akanamali on Spotify and, while not quite as exciting as the original, it certainly bears a listen

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 19 August 2019 15:37 (one month ago) link

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