Thread for the AmaPiano awesomeness that is “Baby Are You Coming?” by Zero12finest feat. ThaMagnificent2

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SldyCVP02VM

A track that stirs this amount of passion in people and gets them heated in all kinds of ways deserves its own thread.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:35 (ten months ago) link

Some testimonials:

This one is a bop!
― breastcrawl, maandag 10 juni 2019 18:34

"Baby Are You Coming" on a loop. dope track.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), maandag 10 juni 2019 23:46

Baby are you coming is definitely a jam.
― human and working on getting beer (longneck), dinsdag 11 juni 2019 22:08

i think i've played it about twenty or thirty times since yesterday.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), dinsdag 11 juni 2019 22:12

I just listened to and loved "Baby, Are You Coming”
― rob, zaterdag 15 juni 2019 15:27

wow "baby are you coming" is MONUMENTAL.
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), zondag 30 juni 2019 22:38

I CANNOT STRESS HOW TRUE THIS IS. this is the track of the summer for me, hands-down.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), maandag 1 juli 2019 18:02

zero12finest.... BUMPS so hard
― ||||||||, donderdag 18 juli 2019 22:20

…and of course, how could we forget:
mom enters my room
Mom: switch that off
Me: Why?
Mom*angry*: WE GOT BETTER SPEAKERS IN THE SITTING ROOM!!
Vilho Gottlieb . 2 months ago

breastcrawl, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:35 (ten months ago) link

But is it really the Song of this Summer? Or is it actually winter in South Africa right now? You tell me!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 18 July 2019 21:36 (ten months ago) link

I still don't think I get what AmaPiano is, but this song is superb

rob, Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:06 (ten months ago) link

this is fun to run to

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 12:11 (ten months ago) link

it has this ineffable (yes) mix of gentle, swirly psychedelia and menace that is like catnip to me.

however to answer the song's question uh no, not if you're going to take my girl and make her yours wtf

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 19 July 2019 13:03 (ten months ago) link

to rob:
Not sure if this will help you “get” AmaPiano, but I like this medley of performances of three big AP hits, which includes “Baby Are You Coming?”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmyL11KwR-I

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 19:57 (ten months ago) link

this is dance music, or pop music?

generally I'm into dance not pop but found this very enjoyable

I don't really listen to this kind of music but reminds me of "township funk" with a vocal hook instead of a synth lead

the late great, Friday, 19 July 2019 21:50 (ten months ago) link

AmaPiano is just the most recent mutation of South African house music to go mainstream, more or less replacing gqom, which originated in the club scene as well. The vocal hooks are part of that process, in a chicken and egg kind of way. This what chart pop sounds like right now in South Africa.

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:16 (ten months ago) link

Also like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toIO2FnusE0

KayGee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Killer Kau • Kokota

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:19 (ten months ago) link

And like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEM4AlFg8YY

DeMthuda ft. Njelic • Shesha

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:25 (ten months ago) link

thx for the low down!! somewhat predictably and boringly I generally prefer the more stripped-back stuff

the late great, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:33 (ten months ago) link

that medley video was cool, thanks breastcrawl. I think the reason I don't "get" amapiano is that I realized early on I didn't dig gqom that much, which means now I have less of a feel for how amapiano is displacing it. tbc, I def hear how different amapiano is from gqom--maybe it's more that I don't get why amapiano wouldn't just be called (south african) house? not that it matters much tbh

rob, Saturday, 20 July 2019 15:52 (ten months ago) link

What I like abt this song is there’s actually a pretty wide spread of emotions & tonal choices throughout but it’s very stripped down, so really small bore changes are doing the work of shifting the songs affect

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 20 July 2019 20:14 (ten months ago) link

Like it figures out how to make big emotions via reduction rather than amplification or complexity

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 20 July 2019 20:44 (ten months ago) link

To hear it is to love it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 July 2019 09:28 (ten months ago) link

That will be for my own baby as whenever I tell her I'm coming, she comes back with: are you really coming ?

Nabozo, Sunday, 21 July 2019 13:01 (ten months ago) link

it's been a joke in our house too

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:47 (ten months ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.musicinafrica.net/magazine/top-amapiano-songs-2019
Nice write-up this. As “Top amapiano songs of 2019” it’s a bit random, good as the tracks are. Some big hits there, but no “Baby Are You Coming?” or “Shesha”, no glory. But it gives some wider context for the style, which I found useful.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 22:08 (nine months ago) link

like Rob, I'm not sure I can get as enthusiastic about this track and the amapiano stuff in general as others are. it's interesting that something this dark and minimalist is mainstream

frame casual (dog latin), Saturday, 24 August 2019 22:48 (nine months ago) link

I like this one from that list. Dark and minimalist, check!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH-X82dL0t4
El Maestro ft. TP • Bum Bum

breastcrawl, Saturday, 24 August 2019 23:38 (nine months ago) link

three months pass...

Baby are you still coming?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf09g53-nUA
DJ Sumbody ft. Londie London & Leehleza • Suk’emabhozeni

(from Sumbody’s fantastic album Ashi Nthwela)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:19 (five months ago) link

niiiiiiiiice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:38 (five months ago) link

That song is lots of fun

Nabozo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:48 (five months ago) link

Definitely try the album, I’ve been listening to it all afternoon.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:31 (five months ago) link

This track does things to the “Don’t Look Any Further” bassline, and lots of other stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GcOSnRHmgU
Jusca x Plee • Empa Nna

This one is great too, and has the added bonus of an actual video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83zlbCKktzI
Jusca x Plee • Piano

And yes, this whole album too rocks. Pencil and/or Zing Master are involved.

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 19:41 (five months ago) link

how did i miss this track it's like the deep house jam of the year?? would sound great next to a mr fingers track

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 19:51 (five months ago) link

which one, maps?

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:01 (five months ago) link

"baby are you coming?"

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:03 (five months ago) link

Ah I see, thought you were talking about the new posts! Yes, “Baby” is still the jam.

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:09 (five months ago) link

sorry ha i'll take a listen

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:12 (five months ago) link

there's like half a dozen south african tracks that could have had the dedicated thread treatment, what an overwhelming bounty this year and I've probably only clocked like a third of what's been posted to ilm let alone exist in the world

rob, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:52 (five months ago) link

i found a kind of incredible site.. with mp3 downloads??

https://somculo.com/download-mp3/life-ya-bora-amapiano/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 16 December 2019 21:12 (five months ago) link

slightly rephrased that to suit my own situation:

there's like half a dozen south african tracks or albums a month that I feel like giving the dedicated thread treatment, what an overwhelming bounty this year and I've probably only clocked like a tenth (I wish!) of what exists out there

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:16 (five months ago) link

xp

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:16 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Nice 25-minute documentary about Amapiano. The Zero12finest crew have a small cameo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B9frOKUwz0

breastcrawl, Thursday, 2 January 2020 08:22 (five months ago) link

Cassper Nyovest is doing amapiano with Kabza De Small now. The track is called Phoyisa

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

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:11 (four months ago) link

there's a track about an uber or something that's been in my head all week

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 11 January 2020 20:03 (four months ago) link

If it’s this one you can vote🔶 for it, Nabozo nominated it:

https://www.youtube.con/watch?v=cTy8YTWtJqM
Semi Tee ft. Miami & Kammu Dee • Labantwana Ama Uber

(there are more Uber-mentioning amapiano tracks, but this is the big one)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:04 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTy8YTWtJqM

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:04 (four months ago) link

wtf autocorrect? it’s Miano, not “Miami”

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:07 (four months ago) link

bingo

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:13 (four months ago) link

youtube.con

That's the stuff

sbahnhof, Saturday, 11 January 2020 23:50 (four months ago) link

Very early amapiano track (from 2017) - with an awesome video! Loving the queerness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze7IGN3_xKA

De Mogul SA ft. Ms Mo & Makhensa • Oe Batla Kae

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:09 (four months ago) link

Also, don’t forget to vote🔸 for “Baby Are You Coming?”

(or any of the other of the nominated amapiano bangers - check out this playlist if you like:
ILM 2019 EOY🇿🇦SOUTH AFRICA)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 22:42 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Some hardcore spaced out amapiano by one of the masters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb8ugKuqg_8

Vigro Deep ft. Sdala The Vocalist • International

(from Vigro's album Baby Boi III)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 19:05 (four months ago) link

"baby are you coming?" should have been a 1-2 b2b with balloon

||||||||, Monday, 3 February 2020 21:56 (four months ago) link

it is in my house

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 3 February 2020 21:58 (four months ago) link

Banger from the brand new De Mogul SA album Lessons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTebRM0Ru1k
De Mogul SA ft. Mdee Mshangane • Na Ku Randza

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 20:12 (three months ago) link

Aw Emcimbini, kulapho ongthola khona
(Emcimbini kulapho ongthola khona)
Aw Emcimbini, kulapho ongthola khona
(Emcimbini kulapho ongthola khona)

||||||||, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:20 (three months ago) link

/Piano! Piano!/
🖼

and so is this

breastcrawl, Monday, 17 February 2020 21:35 (three months ago) link

Oh yeah!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FPM5DX0fNs

Soweto's Finest ft. KayGee Da King & Bizizi • Tikoloshi

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:29 (three months ago) link

Also noticed some YouTube links upthread gave up the ghost, so let's repost:

KayGee DaKing & Bizizi ft. Killer Kau • Kokota

DJ Sumbody ft. Londie London & Leehleza • Suk'emabhozeni

breastcrawl, Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:35 (three months ago) link

always appreciate your textual thoroughness breastcrawl, it allows for late follow-up

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 22 February 2020 13:49 (three months ago) link

And highly spiritual amapiano goes where?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx21fYB5Ha4
Mhaw Keys ft. Vigro Deep • Mwari

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:11 (three months ago) link

(and thanks, forks!)

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 February 2020 00:11 (three months ago) link

Tikoloshi is a banger.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:06 (three months ago) link

hahaha the comments on the OP are amazing

"I was listening to this so loud
My neighbor called the cops
They arrested him"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:31 (three months ago) link

Mom: switch that off
Me: Why?
Mom*angry*: WE GOT BETTER SPEAKERS IN THE SITTING ROOM!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:31 (three months ago) link

Made a pseudo-pan-African-pop/not-pop playlist for the rolling afro 2020 thread and all Afro-adjacent threads, generously defined. It’s already 105 (update: 106) tracks deep, so enjoy!

ILM rolling ✳️all-inclusive✳️ afro 2020

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:44 (three months ago) link

Jobe London & Mphow69 - Sukendleleni (feat. Kamo Manje)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3OTClCxDyk

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:46 (three months ago) link

Who's behind the song 'Life Ya Bora' ? Just ridic

https://somculo.com/download-mp3/life-ya-bora-amapiano/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:49 (three months ago) link

That's actually "Empa Nna" by Jusca x Plee ft. Zing Master & Mabozza. I posted it upthread, back in December. That whole Jusca x Plee album is great.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:01 (three months ago) link

ahhhhh!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:29 (three months ago) link

So it is!!!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:35 (three months ago) link

Empa nna is excellent.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 28 February 2020 08:09 (three months ago) link

wow "Mwari" is really wild! I love how much of this stuff still sounds as raw as something like Township Funk

rob, Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:16 (three months ago) link

The whole Mhaw Keys EP (The Outcast)
is awesome, deeeep amapiano house.

Kabza is on the only non-piano track, which I will post on the Sun-El thread.

“Ngena Nyoro” and “Umamakhe” are some of the other highlights.

breastcrawl, Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:31 (three months ago) link

For all fans of "Labantwana Ama Uber" and/or "Lorch":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wy0cfA23iQ
Semi Tee ft. Ma Lemon • Lemonade

and/or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZHNrwUxP1k
Semi Tee ft. Miano, Kammu Dee & Ora Dee • Gabadiya

"Gabadiya" in particular is **dense** and there are some percussive things going on in both of these that seem new in amapiano.

breastcrawl, Monday, 2 March 2020 19:13 (three months ago) link

*dense* is the word. I have not quite warmed to these yet but I believe I'm on my way.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 5 March 2020 21:49 (three months ago) link

Flavours of Amapiano:

The organ-infused original, with an exciting helping of drum distortion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMDg3aMTz7g
JohnBravo ft. Caltonic SA • Thuma Mina (Freestyle)

Would you like some violin with that piano? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DDe8RMG0mk
Mr JazziQ x JazziDisciples ft. Vigro Deep & Rams De Violinist • Blue Skies

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:29 (two months ago) link

Indian, with Niniola as a bonus ingredient:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqO5x_P1XIg
Shuffle Muzik ft. Niniola, Master KG & Mr Brown • Putirika

(from Shuffle Muzik’s groooooovy Stimela album – also check “Putirika (Revisit)”)

Btw, this means last year’s club hit “Tanqueray” (with cheesy sax flavour) is now finally available on Spotify (and I guess other streaming platforms):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdlKlnf5GNI
Shuffle Muzik ft. MasterPiece, SnowDeep, Zero12Finest & JaySax • Tanqueray

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:30 (two months ago) link

Blending a timeless SA house vocal with amapiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxPu95Vnc20
ThackzinDJ ft. Boohle & Teejay • Izwelonke

More of that Thackzin fusion flavour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XntkbENJu9M
Daliwonga ft. ThackzinDJ & Shaun101 • Ebusuku

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:31 (two months ago) link

Chef’s kiss:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBGfCZfogjc
#Chelete • Ama CV

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:32 (two months ago) link

So many great amapiano albums coming out as well. The Shuffle Muzik mentioned above especially is sounding like an early lock for the EOY, along with the Scorpion Kings Live and the Mhaw Keys “EP”, but there’s lots of good stuff on ThackzinDJ’s Ingqumbo Yeminyanya (The Wrath of the Ancestors) EP and Mr JazziQ x JazziDisciples’s 0303 album as well.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:32 (two months ago) link

"Mdzango" with TallArseTee and "No. 9" with the equally charmingly named Hip-naughtic Sean are other favs on 0303.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:50 (two months ago) link

As others have mentioned, the AmaPiano Grooves playlist on Spotify is a good way to keep up with this stuff. I came across both “Ama CV” and “Thuma Mina (Freestyle)” there. (The latter has now unfortunately been removed from Spotify however.)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 March 2020 13:55 (two months ago) link

sorry for piano rocking

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 10:37 (two months ago) link

It is welcome!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 March 2020 13:35 (two months ago) link

was beginning to think corona killed the piano thread

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 14:21 (two months ago) link

nah, just hard to get hyped about fun dance music right now i think

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:37 (two months ago) link

if you feel that way, the Mhaw Keys EP might surprise you - “fun” is not the operative word there.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:52 (two months ago) link

having a go at it

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 16 March 2020 13:33 (two months ago) link

Still amazed by Tikoloshi. So raw.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 16 March 2020 22:15 (two months ago) link

did Mhaw Keys fit your mood, forks?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:13 (two months ago) link

(btw, best to skip the first two tracks the first time around, they have a different vibe than the core tracks)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:47 (two months ago) link

Reposting this broken YouTube link:

Vigro Deep ft. Sdala The Vocalist • International

JohnBravo & Caltonic SA’s “Thuma Mina (Freestyle)” is back up on Spotify btw.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:43 (two months ago) link

Video for Semi Tee’s “Gabadiya” (as posted by Nabozo on the Rolling Afro thread):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-zuBeqNrwY

More Semi Tee & friends content:

First official video for a Scorpion Kings hit track is for "Lorch" (the “Koko” vid was more of a mission statement, and “Nana Thula” was from the Piano Hub album). It’s a criminally short edit tho:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfuEP0fDrvY
Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Semi Tee, Miano & Kammu Dee • Lorch

(btw, I didn’t know that a) Maphorisa is rapping on this and b) the song is about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thembinkosi_Lorch)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:45 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-9AF-IxG98

the "Gabadiya" video was removed for some reason, now it's back up.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 2 April 2020 22:04 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Love this track (it’s the closing track again) from Future Majesties & Bafo’s Ubuzukuzuku (The Struggle) album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B61JYzqq1YE
Future Majesties & Bafo • S’bonga Abazali

(Other good tracks: “S’yeza” and “Ungam’bambi”)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:47 (one month ago) link

Amapiano wedding invasion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2L6OiMMeNM

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 30 April 2020 09:35 (one month ago) link

catching up on this thread and i love "gabadiya"

ufo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:34 (one month ago) link

those two shuffle muzik tracks rule too, will have to listen to the album soon.

ufo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:46 (one month ago) link

In the Lorch/Phoyisa continuum >>> sounds like a hit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ProUQmyGaM
Tyler ICU ft. Focalistic, Masterpiece, DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small • Kwarentin

“Take me back to December, 2019 / I even miss the bouncer”

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 3 May 2020 20:28 (one month ago) link

^absolute anthem, might adopt that spelling tbrr

dip to dup (rob), Monday, 4 May 2020 13:06 (one month ago) link

yup, banger

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:38 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

As first heard in Kabza & Porry’s first Quarantine Party mix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9MqkxR9D08
Mfr Souls ft. Kwesta & GP Ma Orange • Krrrr (Phum’imali)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

Another good one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHH9wTGb08I
Semi Tee ft. Focalistic • Mercedes

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 23 May 2020 01:23 (two weeks ago) link


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