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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

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

rob, Thursday, 18 July 2019 22:06 (three years ago) link

this is fun to run to

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

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

DeMthuda ft. Njelic • Shesha

breastcrawl, Friday, 19 July 2019 22:25 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

To hear it is to love it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 July 2019 09:28 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (two years ago) link

niiiiiiiiice

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

That song is lots of fun

Nabozo, Saturday, 14 December 2019 17:48 (two years ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:31 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

which one, maps?

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 20:01 (two years ago) link

"baby are you coming?"

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:03 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

sorry ha i'll take a listen

ingredience (map), Monday, 16 December 2019 20:12 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

xp

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 December 2019 21:16 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:04 (two years ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Saturday, 11 January 2020 21:07 (two years ago) link

bingo

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

youtube.con

That's the stuff

sbahnhof, Saturday, 11 January 2020 23:50 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

||||||||, Monday, 3 February 2020 21:56 (two years ago) link

it is in my house

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

that is a great post

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

"ilog drum" is so ridiculously good

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

(points feebly at the Rolling MZANSI MUZIQ thread)

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

Voted raggapiano

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

can't wait for... shabbapiano

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

bambamapiano

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

baby keep em coming

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

do we need a video for the "Ke Star" remix? I think we do:

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

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:04 (one year ago) link

Not sold on this yet - the original is pretty much perfect and some of Davido's shadings seem eh unnecessary - but let's see how this plays out anyway.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:47 (one year ago) link

it’s interesting to me as a sign of the times (#1 in Naija and all that) - and I think the video is super fun

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:26 (one year ago) link

i certainly dig the fashion

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 23:15 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I made a Spotify playlist with (almost) everything posted in the MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South African thread as well as South(ern) African tracks posted this year on other threads, like this one:

ILM rolling 🇿🇦 Mzansi MusiQ 2021 🇸🇿 🇳🇦

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 April 2021 20:21 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/9606724/8-things-to-know-about-south-africas-amapiano-genre-a-locals-guide-to-the-scene/

Written by person who has written liner notes for Awesome Tapes from Africa amapiano releases

Awesome Tapes is releasing a new song by Native Soul called “Dead Sangoma”. Native Soul album Teenage Dreams will be out September 24

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 11:58 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

ILM keeps very little track of all the great amapiano stuff that continues to come out on a weekly basis (both tracks and albums) - here’s two gorgeous new tracks I’m enjoying today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd--jo6PLrg
Mapara A Jazz ft. Mr Brown • Feeling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOC4e-Yx9j0
Sayfar ft. Musa Keys, Seekay, Makhanj & Optimist Music • Ithuba Lam

🎹🎹🎹

“Paris” by Q-Mark & TpZee ft. Afriikan Papi & Cloud9ne, which came out in October, has become a sleeper hit in South Africa, very deservingly so.

enjoy the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORCCxt1xlLI

…but it misses crucial sections, so you’ll absolutely need to listen to the full version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQPutytnnYk

I'm too sophisti for the pun generator, so sophisti it hurts (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 6 April 2022 20:38 (seven months ago) link

one of the biggest piano bangers of the past several months:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTL0VJM9CnA
DJ Karri ft. BL Zero, Lebzito & Prime De 1st • Trigger

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Thursday, 7 April 2022 18:56 (seven months ago) link

…but this TikTok monster, for better or for worse, is the track that has probably done more than any other in bringing amapiano (and its name) to the world:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnZTVUUwgpY
Goya Menor & Nektunez • Ameno Amapiano (Remix) (You Wanna Bamba)

shock horror, there’s nothing South African about it, it’s a Ghanaian-Nigerian coproduction

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Thursday, 7 April 2022 19:08 (seven months ago) link

It's really tacky. I heard it shopping for second-hand baby clothes because it clearly found its way on some dumb-named spotify playlists, and I heard the two female sellers exchanging views on it (one positive, one negative), both evidently having no idea what it is they were hearing. I resisted nerdsplaining as I dropped some cute white ensemble in our shopping basket.

Nabozo, Friday, 8 April 2022 14:13 (seven months ago) link

...while chanting: You Wanna Rompa?

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Friday, 8 April 2022 15:59 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVw0Rd8R8DY

short 1xtra doc

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 24 July 2022 16:27 (four months ago) link

🎹🎹🎹

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 24 July 2022 17:25 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

not nearly enough amapiano action on ILM, but I’m hoping this poll I created might get the amapiano party started again, because we’re seriously logging… lagging behind. here’s your invitation - I hope you will all participate:

drowning in a blissful ocean of log drums and keys: 🎹🎹 amapiano a-z 🎹🎹 an ilm poll

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 September 2022 15:08 (two months ago) link

There was a very nice 1Xtra doc a couple of months ago - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0c9kkls/1xtra-this-is-amapiano

Tracer Hand, Monday, 5 September 2022 15:14 (two months ago) link

Thanks! But some guy called Tracer already posted a youtube link to it 3 posts before you did.

StanM, Monday, 5 September 2022 15:17 (two months ago) link

lol duh

Tracer Hand, Monday, 5 September 2022 15:18 (two months ago) link

if you check the poll thread I linked it there as well - in the longer director’s cut. anyway, welcome to the poll all of you!

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 5 September 2022 15:19 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Want something major ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7o3F-MVE-Y
Major Lazer, Major League DJz, Tiwa Savage, Diplo, DJ Maphorisa - Koo Koo Fun

Nabozo, Saturday, 19 November 2022 14:07 (two weeks ago) link

Otherwise I really think the big thing that was released lately is this DJ Maphorisa & Visca album Ba Straata featuring some of the big names.

Nabozo, Saturday, 19 November 2022 14:13 (two weeks ago) link

sure, that’s a big one, but it’s not nearly as outstanding as Kabza’s KOA II Part 1.
thing is, there’s a plethora of good piano albums (with many also featuring said big names!), too many for one person to fully digest really, and with the festive December summer season ahead they continue dropping like flies.

recent-ish ones I like a lot include Piano Over Poverty by Kweyama Brothers, Horumar by Murumba Pitch (also their earlier collaborative Obrigado with Da Muziqal Chef), Ghost by Sir Trill, Two Sides Of My Story by MDU aka TRP, and Big And Small, Vol. 1 by Fiso el Musica.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:05 (one week ago) link

oops, it’s actually Fiso el Musica x Thee Exclusives!

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:07 (one week ago) link

and big name-producer-wise there’s also recent projects by Mr JazziQ and Busta 929, as well as Mellow & Sleazy’s Barcadi Fest.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 November 2022 20:11 (one week ago) link

dont really like the major lazer

xheugy eddy (D-40), Monday, 21 November 2022 23:14 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEtkT4pJQDg

xheugy eddy (D-40), Monday, 21 November 2022 23:14 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUHnvbgu9wI

xheugy eddy (D-40), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:58 (one week ago) link

those are:

Rhyma ft. Sayfar & Bon Nghiêm • Wena

and

Toby Franco ft. Mellow & Sleazy x Optimist Music ZA • Mali (Kumnandi)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 08:08 (one week ago) link


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