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

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 (five months ago) link


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

Sun-El Musician ft. Ami Faku • Into Ingawe

Also this:
Mthunzi • Vuka

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

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

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

new single is glorious.

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

This is gorgeous:

Naima Kay • Soka Lami

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


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

it’s a pleasure

breastcrawl, Monday, 22 July 2019 22:30 (three months ago) link

Live version of “Sondela”:

And another, choreographed, one:

breastcrawl, Sunday, 28 July 2019 16:34 (three months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

yeah that's lovely

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

that is fantastic!

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:25 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

oh yeah I meant Samthing

rob, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:45 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

New Samthing Soweto out today!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 17:04 (one month ago) link

Yes, it’s wonderful. A mix of amapiano jams with Kabza De Small & Maphorisa, expanding on their massive (in every sense) Scorpion Kings album, on which Samthing had the biggest track, “Amantombazane” (see upthread) - like this one, the current number one song in South Africa:
Samthing Soweto ft. Shasha
* Akulaleki

...and more (musically) soulful stuff, like this one:
Samthing Soweto • Umuhle Uyasabeka

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:39 (one month ago) link

This is him doing his current big amapiano songs live:

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:40 (one month ago) link

(Samthing also has a song - well, an interlude - on the new Kindness album btw)

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:41 (one month ago) link

all the early singles from the album are pretty great (though i can maybe do without the "happy birthday" cash grab)

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 17:41 (one month ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:50 (one month ago) link

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

Frederik B, Friday, 27 September 2019 18:10 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

Yeah, Scorpion Kings is massive. Thanks breastcrawl!

Frederik B, Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:09 (one month ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 28 September 2019 21:51 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

yeah, great stuff!

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

samthing album is so beautiful

nxd, Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:01 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Monday, 14 October 2019 07:10 (four weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago) link

Another Sha Sha beauty:

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

breastcrawl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Monday, 28 October 2019 21:26 (two weeks ago) link

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

ufo, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:04 (two weeks 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 (one week ago) link

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

Frederik B, Sunday, 3 November 2019 21:33 (one week ago) link

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