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

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

rob, Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:06 (one year ago) link

this is fun to run to

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

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

DeMthuda ft. Njelic • Shesha

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:25 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

To hear it is to love it.

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

niiiiiiiiice

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

That song is lots of fun

Nabozo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:48 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:31 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

which one, maps?

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:01 (one year ago) link

"baby are you coming?"

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:03 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

sorry ha i'll take a listen

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:12 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

xp

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:16 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:04 (one year ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:07 (one year ago) link

bingo

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

youtube.con

That's the stuff

sbahnhof, Saturday, 11 January 2020 23:50 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

||||||||, Monday, 3 February 2020 21:56 (one year ago) link

it is in my house

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

does "askies" just mean "I'm sorry"?

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:15 (three months ago) link

yep, same word as “excuse”, but (I think) instead derived from the Dutch “excuus”

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 00:32 (three months ago) link

the above confirmed ✅

(in Afrikaans it’s spelled “ekskuus” tho, with “askies” being the colloquial version that’s used in other SA languages as well)

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:30 (three months ago) link

dank je!

rob, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 16:13 (three months ago) link

Busiswa just dropped a new album, My Side of the Story. The tracklist suggests it's very amapiano-heavy.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

it must be the December season!

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 November 2020 21:02 (three months ago) link

it's good!

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 November 2020 18:02 (three months ago) link

i kinda think Makazi is a competitor for best song of the year

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 November 2020 18:02 (three months ago) link

beautypiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlG_6eqLCuo
Zain SA • Ina Iyeza

Running up that hill but fleeting (a deal with Gop) (breastcrawl), Sunday, 29 November 2020 16:06 (two months ago) link

How about some TanzaPiano?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJXB8kqKMOk
Marioo ft. Sho Madjozi & Bontle Smith • Mama Amina

(made with generous help from South Africa obviously)

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:44 (two months ago) link

The Busiswa album is good, much better than the forgettable rush job that was her previous, Summer Life, two years ago - but not as good as Highly Flavoured before it imo. Wish she would have made good on the promise of tracks 1 and 3, where (like on “Makazi”) she uses her voice differently. Her singing voice on “Dololo” in particular is nothing short of spectacular. Quite the mission statement, I thought, but apart from “Bonnie & Clyde” she doesn’t really back it up on the rest of the album. Still, “SBWL” and especially “Makazi” are among the best singles of the year and there’s two strong tracks from the Mas/Kabza/Maphorisa camp.

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 December 2020 20:55 (two months ago) link

loving this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdkPvFE2wac

Falz ft. Niniola - Squander

where do all these unsold amps go? (gaudio), Friday, 4 December 2020 18:37 (two months ago) link

prime naijapiano!

fat ass deep state operative (breastcrawl), Friday, 4 December 2020 23:25 (two months ago) link

got around to Busiswa's My Side of the Story and i pretty much agree with breastcrawl - it's not quite the tour de force that Highly Flavoured was, but still a welcome return to form after Summer Life was such a disappointment

ufo, Tuesday, 15 December 2020 09:14 (two months ago) link

anywhere you can buy 320s for ama or just amazon/itunes?

vvvwwwv, Saturday, 19 December 2020 21:52 (two months ago) link

7digital is probably your best bet

ufo, Sunday, 20 December 2020 00:15 (two months ago) link

nice 1, can't find everything but there's a decent amount on there.

vvvwwwv, Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:50 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'll be giving a talk and doing an amapiano set tomorrow at the school I teach at, so I was just wondering if anyone had any particularly good articles about the genre that they'd like to share? It would be appreciated.
(I thought I'd show the yoof the Shaya! documentary.)

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

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 15:10 (one month ago) link

from upthread:

Stumbled upon these two articles while looking for sources
https://mixmag.net/feature/amapiano-south-africa-house-music-movement-gauteng
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/from-south-africa-to-the-world-why-amapiano-could-be-the-next-dance-music-genre-to-rule-the-clubs-1.1065104

― Nabozo, woensdag 23 september 2020 20:07

Thanks for those! The Mixmag piece in particular is interesting.

― No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), woensdag 23 september 2020 21:35

I'll be giving a talk and doing an amapiano set tomorrow at the school I teach at

would love to hear more about this! what age are the students? is this part of a larger curriculum or more of a one-time thing?

rob, Friday, 8 January 2021 15:23 (one month ago) link

The 20 Best Amapiano Songs of 2020 according to OkayAfrica, the blurbs are quite interesting:

https://www.okayafrica.com/best-amapiano-songs-of-2020/?rebelltitem=15#rebelltitem15

About breaking amapiano worldwide:

https://www.okayafrica.com/amapiano-who-will-introduce-to-the-world-op-ed/

(of those 20, the best for me are unquestionably "Ilog Drum" and "Jazzidisciples (Zlele)", both nominated for the EOY <<hint, hint>>)


would love to hear more about this! what age are the students? is this part of a larger curriculum or more of a one-time thing?

Thanks! They're between 19 and 63, lol, with most of them being in their late teens, early twenties. The school is part of the Norwegian "folkehøgskole" system, which means there are no exams and thus no set curriculum, but it's geared towards humanist values and lots of teaching of philosophy, literature, art, international politics, creative writing, etc, which basically means I can do whatever I want to, lol. (We're lucky enough to have stayed open throughout the pandemic thus far.)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 15:54 (one month ago) link

and thanks, breastcrawl!
What would you guys say was the very first ama-hit to break into the mainstream?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 16:12 (one month ago) link

pretty sure that was Kwiish SA's "Iskhathi (Gong Gong)" (first months of 2019). MFR Souls ft. TallArseTee's "Bamb’ikhanda" was a prettyy crucial track as well, but I don't think it actually charted.

these were my first ramblings about it on Rolling Afropop back then: rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

xp

thanks - that's great stuff

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 8 January 2021 17:04 (one month ago) link

thanks for the response, longneck. I hate to be one of those north americans who romanticizes scandinavian social policy without having ever been there, but those schools sound great and it would be nice to live in a culture where lifelong learning was considered a good thing

rob, Friday, 8 January 2021 17:46 (one month ago) link

finally getting around to kabza de small's i am the king of amapiano: sweet & dust and oh my god why is this 3 hours long lmao

ufo, Friday, 8 January 2021 20:01 (one month ago) link

gotta listen all the way till the end tho - there’s a weak patch in the middle (those guitar tracks), but the best tracks are in the Dust section at the back

have just hit the guitar tracks patch and yeah these tracks are just too chill even for amapiano. i would love this guitar noodling if there was a little more going on but it seems to just aim for ambience rather than balearic-esque transcendence

ufo, Friday, 8 January 2021 21:19 (one month ago) link

hope you made it through that section. would be worth it.

i made it through the whole album and it was overall pleasant of course but truly too much as a whole, hard to pick up on the back section being the strongest part bc of how it all blends together in an album that long

ufo, Sunday, 10 January 2021 01:52 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

late advice, but: maybe try “Ilog Drum” and “Balanc’Ise” - best tracks on the album imo, and very different from what’s going on in the first half

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:14 (one month ago) link

anyway, here to celebrate the fact that “Jazzidisciples (Zlele)” placed in the EOY, at #65, too low of course, but I’ll take it.

reposting the video in its honour:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGvAKp3fOqg

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:17 (one month ago) link

loved this from D-40 on the rollout thread:

the reason "Jazzidisciples" stands out so much to me is that it felt like a dramatic shift in the sound amapiano had been moving towards -- where earlier records held onto this forward momentum, they figured out how to make a record that felt almost still and static while not rhythmically being that way at all -- all negative space, slow-motion. i think that's why it became such a huge record. If you're looking from a distance it might seem like a minute change, but if you're following all the records that become hits it had this really revelatory feeling, like oh look at all the possibilities this is opening up

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:19 (one month ago) link

btw, this thread will still be here to be enjoyed, but the main action this year is expected to be on this here new Rolling thread:

MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South Africa thread

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:21 (one month ago) link

that is a great post

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:44 (one month ago) link

"ilog drum" is so ridiculously good

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 15:48 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

really enjoying "bathandwa" from the mfr souls album. that album's been out since august of last year(?) but i guess i wasn't fated to hear this track until it got a video and could thus reach my ears via youtube recommendation algorithm/overlord

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

dyl, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:27 (one week ago) link

yes, “Bathandwa” is a fabulous track.

Musical Kings is one of those big amapiano albums that I still haven’t listened to in full even tho all the tracks I have heard are great - see also DJ Stokie’s My Journey. they’re just so damn long!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:37 (one week ago) link

(points feebly at the Rolling MZANSI MUZIQ thread)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 14 February 2021 21:42 (one week ago) link

Blown away by A-Star's Nana Riddim ghanapiano goodness:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfYvrBjwZA8

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 19 February 2021 18:22 (one week ago) link

follow-up “Free” is piano-drenched as well

question: if amapiano ever hits dancehall, will we call it a) “jamapiano” or b) “ganjapiano”?

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 19:22 (one week ago) link

the biggest SA amapiano hit in Nigeria gets an appropriate remix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR5uz13lhB0
Focalistic ft. Davido & Vigro Deep • Ke Star (Remix)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 19:24 (one week ago) link

(btw I’m still gesturing indiscernibly towards... well, you know)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 19:24 (one week ago) link

Voted raggapiano

rob, Friday, 19 February 2021 19:35 (one week ago) link

can't wait for... shabbapiano

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 19 February 2021 20:55 (one week ago) link

bambamapiano

rob, Friday, 19 February 2021 20:58 (one week ago) link

baby keep em coming

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 19 February 2021 21:29 (one week ago) link


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