🎹🎹PİANO! PİANO!🎹🎹 - a song appreciation thread for “eMcimbini” by Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Aymos, Samthing Soweto, Mas Musiq & Myztro

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TPab7xaeP0

Let’s not mince words: this song is a miracle, and it has no business being this good. Here’s why:

It rolled off the 24/7 production line of South Africa’s (hell, the world’s) most prolific producer duo* as part of an album, Scorpion Kings Live, (their fourth/fifth* in nine months’ time!), that looks and smells like a cynical cash grab, serving as a crass promotional tool for their upcoming stadium show in Pretoria, the home of the amapiano genre. (this is what the “Live” in the album’s title and all its track titles refers too. it’s a studio album! the only info missing on the artwork is the ticket prices!)

Even the lyrics can be read as a commercial for “the event” - one meaning of “umcimbi”, of which “emcimbini” is the locative case:
“at the event, that’s where you’ll find me”

Like I said, this song has no business being anything special. And anyway, shouldn’t these guys have run out of great songs to make by now? How many “Akulaleki”s (ILM’s #42 track of 2019), “Tender Love”s, “Love You Tonight”s and “Amantombazane”s can one team even make, realistically speaking?

But any such qualms and considerations simply dissolve during that gorgeous long intro, and then Samthing starts to sing and it’s an ode to amapiano, a celebration of its lure and its power:
“piano! piano! we don’t sleep at home because of you”

It truly is a miracle, but such is the magic of pop music, folx!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:28 (nine months ago) link

tl;dr: it’s just amazing to me how these guys collectively keep coming up with new ways of beautiful.

There’s so many things I love about this, I’ll name one: iiii-iiii aaa-aaaa iiii-iiii-iya

But... I’ve done way too much talking already, so now you tell me: what do you like about this song? Let us count the ways!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 23:30 (nine months ago) link

Piano! Pi-a-no!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:18 (nine months ago) link

yeah this is sweet

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:53 (nine months ago) link

good stuff cheers!

nxd, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 02:26 (nine months ago) link

Didn’t know all that about the album’s provenance but IMO the whole thing bangs.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 03:13 (nine months ago) link

Yes, the whole album is fantastic, apologies if that didn’t come across. And just two months after the previous one! It’s mind-blowing - how do you keep that up? Kabza is a special one.

(there’s an instrumental track called “Dizzy Genius” on his solo album, it’s tempting to read something into that)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:57 (nine months ago) link

Phoyisa sounds pretty fierce in the mix.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:47 (nine months ago) link

Very grateful for the translations, breastcrawl! It’s basically the greatest infomercial of all time.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:16 (nine months ago) link

lmao at the Spotify tracklist appending "Live" to every track on the album just to make things more confusing

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:27 (nine months ago) link

man, i've loved every dj maphorisa-related song i've heard so far. gonna check out the full live album soon enough.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:49 (nine months ago) link

just from jumping around btwn them the last little while I can't really pick out individual songs on these albums and tbh I kinda prefer not to and to just luxuriate in the wonderful sameness instead

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:55 (nine months ago) link

“luxuriate in the wonderful sameness”, I like that phrase! (though I find there is actually plenty of variation, maybe more so on Scorpion Kings Vol. 1)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 21:09 (nine months ago) link

And thanks, longneck! A little Google Translate + Basic Zulu Online can go a long way. Wouldn’t trust GT to give me more than an indicative translation for more complex phrases (like here in the verses), but the hooks are pretty unambigious, so I felt fine serving them up like this.

Also learned that “ama-“ is a prefix that makes certain classes of nouns (including loanwords) plural. So “amapiano” simply means “pianos”! (or maybe in this case something like “all things piano”?). Hey, so “Amazulu” means “Zulu people” - and “Ama2000” (a song title I’ve come across more than once recently) means “the 2000s” and possibly by extension “the 21st century”.
I sort of want to learn a bit of Zulu now!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 21:41 (nine months ago) link

my dad had "learn zulu" tapes around the house when i was a kid, so i got "yebo baba, njani" at my fingertips and not much more.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 22:24 (nine months ago) link

ha, lots of “yebo”s in SA music, never realized before what it actually means. ngiyabonga, forks!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 22:54 (nine months ago) link

or alternatively, dank je wel!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 22:56 (nine months ago) link

voodoo chili, allow me to stress once more that this amapiano stuff is Kabza’s thing. He’s one of the originators of this sound. My impression is that Maphorisa acts more like an executive producer. He’s also got a ton of clout and connections in the business, and who knows who came up with the crucial idea to have “real” singers like Samthing and Sha Sha sing over these amapiano beats. But as for the sound and the beats I’m pretty sure most of it is Kabza.

It only dawned on me recently (call me naive) that the reason those big name SA producers (the grootmans, big shots, or, learn Zulu with me, amagrootma(a)n) always seemed to effortlessly adapt to every new style (I mean, gqom is quite a different beast from either kwaito or amapiano), is, duh, they employ talented up-and-comers and take the credit themselves.

Maphorisa and Kabza are doing this differently. This may or may or not have something to do with the drama that ensued between Prince Kaybee and TNS early last year, when TNS, the young kid who ghost produced Kaybee’s monster hits “Club Controller” and “Banomaya” for him with a unique new sound, demanded full “credit”. This might have been his way to generate publicity and kickstart his solo career, but it brought the wider issue out in the open.

Either way, it’s pretty clear Kabza and Maphorisa made some kind of deal when they partnered up, to their mutual benefit: Maphorisa could surf the crest of the amapiano wave, and Kabza would be able to establish himself swiftly through this shortcut (though I doubt either had any idea of just how phenomenally big their impact would be). It’s not a coincidence that only their first album was credited to “DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small” and all three collaborative albums after that to “Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa”.

All of this to say: it’s obviously fine to name and credit Maphorisa, the man has gone places and knows a thing or two, but not to the exclusion of Kabza, just because he is the lesser known one.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:24 (nine months ago) link

That makes sense. Thanks.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:40 (nine months ago) link

how do these guys keep doing it.

Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Friday, 21 February 2020 23:01 (nine months ago) link

noted, thanks breastcrawl.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 21 February 2020 23:03 (nine months ago) link

I must say though that a huge part of their appeal is how seamlessly the quite different vocal parts are sewn together. In most other genres (rap), someone lays a verse, good or bad, and the producers do their best to make it fit. But these songs sound absolutely composed and organic, with hook following hook. If that’s Maphorisa, he’s doing a pretty decent job.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:32 (nine months ago) link

This is fun: an open-air DJ set this weekend, with Kabza playing and Maphorisa as hype man. Unfortunately there’s only a snippet of “Emcimbini” at the start:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnuSIfM1SQk

breastcrawl, Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:13 (nine months ago) link

(Whisper it): I've listened to Emcimbini a few times and while it's quite pretty, I'm just not sure what makes it particularly remarkable

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 24 February 2020 13:41 (eight months ago) link

i like it, but yeah i'm in similar territory right now

dyl, Monday, 24 February 2020 14:55 (eight months ago) link

LISTEN MORE DAMMIT

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 24 February 2020 16:11 (eight months ago) link

we’ve come too far to give up who we are
so let's raise the bar to Kabz’ and Maph’risa

we’re up all night 'til the sun
we’re up all night to get some
we’re up all night for good fun
we’re up all night to PİANO

breastcrawl, Monday, 24 February 2020 18:46 (eight months ago) link

In things I realised shockingly late:

a) that beautiful iiii-iiii aaa-aaaa iiii-iiii-iya in the intro is lifted straight from “Thanda Wena Part 2” on Samthing’s album! This may be relevant to what longneck talked about above: Maphorisa knowing (and using) a hook when he hears one? (assuming it was his idea)

b) Sha Sha is Zimbabwean! (she was also already on Maphorisa’s Blaqboy roster - he brought her into amapiano)

c) the first verse isn’t sung by Samthing, but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9QP55Rv71A">by Aymos!
My original notes were: “Samthi‪ng is using his voice in new and unexpected ways”, but I had no idea, even though it’s right there in the track info: “featuring Aymos, Samthing Soweto, etc...” ‬But their voices are remarkably similar, check “Uvalo” on The Return Of The Scorpion Kings.

Aymos is also on another current hit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxsjyNFu53I
Mas Musiq ft. Aymos, DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small • Zaka

Love this live performance of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCy7EIeKZYo
 
His original non-amapiano version from earlier in 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbccWHyuqZY
Aymos • Zaka

(I also posted a brilliant track he’s on on the Sun-El thread over the weekend)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 09:08 (eight months ago) link

I fucked up the link to Aymos’s own announcement of the imminent release of “Emcimbini”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9QP55Rv71A

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 09:18 (eight months ago) link

Yeah I’m thinking the voice blending thing is a feature not a bug, lol. This is what I’m talking about. These guys use voices in remarkably seamless ways.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 12:04 (eight months ago) link

4’15 = best moment

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 07:58 (eight months ago) link

following my last post, I woke up with this in my head today so it's definitely worming its way in

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:14 (eight months ago) link

So many best moments

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:39 (eight months ago) link

name ‘em!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:14 (eight months ago) link

0:34, 0:51, 1:25, 1:29, 1:59, 2:15, 2:24 etc etc etc

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:40 (eight months ago) link

0:34, 0:51, 1:25, 1:29, 1:59, 2:15, 2:24 etc etc etc

even this se(le)ction is incomplete: I would add 0:17 and 01:40.

another highlight: 3:53/4:10.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 13:08 (eight months ago) link

we need audio gifs!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 13:09 (eight months ago) link

I’m not disagreeing

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:29 (eight months ago) link

the way he says PI AH NO is cool. as a person who plays the PI AH NO, i certainly appreciate sounding cool.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 15:39 (eight months ago) link

Thank you so much for this thread. A miracle of a song.

I am a huge fan of the utterly badass 'Lorch' from these guys - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbbfdjk51OE

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:39 (eight months ago) link

You’re in luck!
I 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 tracks deep, so enjoy!

(update: now 106, including “Lorch”)

ILM rolling ✳️all-inclusive✳️ afro 2020

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:48 (eight months ago) link

i love this shit so much!

(•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:56 (eight months ago) link

such an avalanche of great music coming out of SA, feel like I need a ballot poll just to get a grip on the past 18 mos or so

rob, Sunday, 1 March 2020 16:12 (eight months ago) link

okay yeah this song is great

dyl, Monday, 2 March 2020 05:14 (eight months ago) link

Piano! Pi-a-no!

― human and working on getting beer (longneck), woensdag 19 februari 2020 1:18 bookmarkflaglink

otfm

breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 March 2020 21:47 (eight months ago) link

Still the undisputed #1 in South Africa.

Parodies are being made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqfym6iPM88

A car, a drone, dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O75ZIfaQ-wU

Same car, same drone, singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXiTA6-lDmU

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 15 March 2020 00:56 (eight months ago) link

Corona cancelled The Event, it seems. On the upside, Maphorisa and Kabza are dropping four new projects:

"1st April 2020 we dropping ‬
‪Scorpion Kings Live 2 Ep‬
‪Daliwonga’s Ep ‬
‪Mes Musiq x Aymos’s Ep‬
‪Mdu Aka Trp x Bongza’s Ep"‬

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 16 March 2020 09:17 (eight months ago) link

...followed by Amapiano Burnout: The Movie

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:20 (eight months ago) link

I am adding the genre on RYM btw if anyone is there as well.

Nabozo, Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:48 (seven months ago) link

doing god’s work ;-)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 29 March 2020 17:02 (seven months ago) link

There was a new and excellent live set last night and it's still up on Maphorisa's FB page. It struck me that these guys physically remind me of Asterix (Kabza) and Obelix (Maphorisa) - all they need now is a tiny dog.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 3 April 2020 08:16 (seven months ago) link

This would be the link: https://www.facebook.com/Djmaphorisa/videos/2804107232959360/

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 3 April 2020 08:17 (seven months ago) link

yeah, that’s a great image lol. Kabza jumping behind the decks while working in his studio or out dj’ing is etched in my brain as a gif already. They’re probably self-isolating together as well, with the work ethic they’re maintaining.
Hope I have time to listen to these sets tonight.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 April 2020 09:10 (seven months ago) link

I have been thinking that Kabza de Small has released about 6 hours of music in 7 months or so between the first Scorpion Kings and Emcimbini. Pulling them together, it's a monumental release. And if leaving out some of the tracks that feel less special, there's a 9-10/10 double album in there. Some of my favorites:
eMcimbini, Phoyisa, Hello
uDriver, Dubai, Koko, Vula Vala
Lorch, Qoqoqo, Sandton, Hilili, Weimama
Alalahi, Nana Thula

Post yours.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:04 (seven months ago) link

Btw another person who for sure is Zimbabwean is Mhaw Keys, because I know that Ndinokuda is 'I love you' in Shona. I was listening to his EP and it's really quite good and mature.

And Aymos and Mas Musiq have just released an Ep called Shona Malanga. It's a small step down from the masters, but this is no less than very nice amapiano.

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

Track featuring Sha Sha: https://youtu.be/IpOHNqnk3JI

Nabozo, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:33 (seven months ago) link

There seems to be a Scorpion Kings Live 2: Once Upon a Time in Lockdown. May be overkill but we'll see.

https://mzanzitunes.com/album-dj-maphorisa-kabza-de-small-scorpion-kings-live-2-once-upon-a-time-in-lockdown/

First track with Sha Sha: https://youtu.be/1FsiyXoYTE4

Nabozo, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:53 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, when I checked Kabza’s Twitter the other day I saw he had posted links to all the stuff announced a month ago (see upthread: these two EPs/albums plus “EP”s by Daliwonga and MDU aka TRP x Bongza), PLUS Vol. 2 of Pretty Girls Love Amapiano. I downloaded everything, but I’m holding off listening to it (if I can) until it’s released officially – (some of it) tomorrow perhaps?

In other news, the new date for the stadium Emcimbini in Pretoria’s Sun Arena (originally scheduled for 11 April, last Saturday) is 9 August. One can hope (and dream!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 15:38 (seven months ago) link

(and yes, the Mhaw Keys EP is one of the best things released this year. I raved about it on several threads).

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 15:39 (seven months ago) link

The Mas Musiq x Aymos EP is up on Spotify - no sign of the others yet.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:33 (seven months ago) link

This is insane. ALL OF IT is on Spotify now!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 April 2020 12:53 (seven months ago) link

59 tracks, 6h34 - that’s what lockdowns are for

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:11 (seven months ago) link

(oh, plus a 5-track EP by "Lawd Porry", DJ Maphorisa's rap alter ego)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 April 2020 17:36 (seven months ago) link

These guys are unstoppable. Playing Once Upon a Time... now.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 18 April 2020 11:34 (seven months ago) link

Bambelela is a jam.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:41 (seven months ago) link

Yes, “Bambelela” is a real beauty, and so is the track with Sha Sha (although Aymos is the star on it). Feel the Mas Musiq x Aymos EP hangs together better than the Lockdown album, mainly because there’s just one main (very good) vocalist (that it’s just 6 tracks instead of 15 also helps).

Just been listening to the (9-track) Daliwonga album as well. It’s cut from the same cloth as the Mas/Aymos EP: one main vocalist (similar voice to Aymos as well). My fave is the closing track, “My Boo”, simply gorgeoussimo, yet again:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anaCsQS-Y8o
Daliwonga ft. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa • My Boo

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:04 (seven months ago) link

As for the Main Event, Kabza & Porry’s Lockdown album, I’m currently very happy with my own 6-track distillation of it: the first 5 tracks (all with female vocalists btw), plus closing track “Hlonipha”. My faves of those first 5: “Phumelela”, a joyful bop, and “iNtombi”, which has that magic spark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LKpcADxGUc
DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small ft. MaWhoo & Myztro • Phumelela

The album takes a bit of a nosedive after that strong opening for me. I couldn’t wait to check out the Nomcebo track (I loved her on Master KG’s “Jerusalem”) but I feel the gospel melody doesn’t work here. The Busiswa track is underwhelming as well. Yes, these Scorpion King albums are all about luxuriating in the wonderful sameness (© Simon H.), but the tracks in the second half felt a bit too meandering the first time around, with not enough melodic pleasure or bop factor. Thank God for that final track, which has both in spades:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8fiqu8lBYA
DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small ft. Howard & Buckz • Hlonipha

(But who knows, I might yet fall for at least some of these tracks, just like I did, quite late in the game, for “Idliwe” with Mlindo and Howard on Scorpion Kings Live, with its lovely horn hook - they should use more horns!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:17 (seven months ago) link

Actually, my Lockdown EP has a hidden bonus track, non-KdSxDjM, but as good as the real thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9a7rOq0e_I
Mdoovar ft. Sir Trill & Da Muziqal Chef • Uyalazi iPiano

(or as I like to call it “The Shevchenko Song”)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 April 2020 21:19 (seven months ago) link

Wrong thread, because non-piano, but on the Maphorisa=Lawd Porry=Madumane rap EP (which also features Rich Homie Quan), I like the languorous “Bentley” with Nyovest and Howard.

(listening again to it now: damn, it IS good, and actually very much piano-inspired, so I’m posting it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahx6OPt_vXM)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:07 (seven months ago) link

I played Kabza’s mostly instrumental solo mixtape Pretty Girls Love Amapiano, Vol. 2 m/l as background music. Two tracks stood out for me (but I def need to listen to it more, preferably on headphones): “Dr Peppa” and closing track (yet again!) “Spaceman”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtcp46k-zMg
Kabza De Small • Dr Peppa

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:29 (seven months ago) link

Still have to listen to MDU aka TRP x Bongza’s Pull Up Project in full. The few tracks I’ve heard suggest a slightly different take on piano, so it could be interesting.

All in all, this April Lockdown Dump is impressive, not just because of the sheer amount of music, but also because of the great number of highlights.
And to think they’re still sitting on some monster tunes, like the “Broken Souls” track with Sha Sha and “Prrrr” with Kwesta I heard them play in their first Quarantine dj set. Maybe these will be releases for those artists themselves?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 April 2020 22:42 (seven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIeeaI79ygs
De Mthuda & Njelic - Ebumnandini feat. Mkeyz (Mhawkeyz presumably). Nice follow-up to Shesha.

Nabozo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:12 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFp9KDfaWis
Daliwonga - Moya feat. Aymos

Aymos is really the voice to follow. I'd say he's the voice of Amapiano right now.

Nabozo, Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:36 (six months ago) link

MKeyz and Mhaw Keys are two different people…

https://twitter.com/mkeyzm

https://twitter.com/mhawkeys

…who both have worked with De Mthuda, confusingly enough.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 30 April 2020 21:10 (six months ago) link

xp

Juls seems to agree, this is from his new EP Happy Place:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RBzW3qz8wo

Juls ft. Aymos • Tembisa

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 12:27 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

The title of the track with Kwesta mentioned above turns out to be “Krrrr”, not “Prrr”, and is by Mfr Souls without credited involvement by Kabza & Porry. I posted it on the Amapiano Awesomeness thread.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:20 (six months ago) link

Meanwhile, no Kabza or Porry here either, but this is Emcimbini-level intoxicating:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAsMeAb5SXE
DJ Nastor ft. Kuhle Excellent, Eli Phaz & Quexdeep • Sofa

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:21 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

New (27-track, 3-hour!) Kabza album out today, I Am The King Of Amapiano: Sweet And Dust, featuring two tracks with Wizkid (!) (Burna is one of those too) and one each with Samthing and Sha Sha. It's on Apple Music but not yet on Spotify.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbYvfuwfqEI
Kabza De Small ft. Wizkid, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest & Madumane • Sponono

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 June 2020 07:42 (four months ago) link

replacing broken link for Daliwonga ft. Aymos • Moya posted upthread.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 June 2020 07:45 (four months ago) link

And holy wow at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBtX7kO4b1o
Kabza De Small ft. Wizkid • Need You Tonight

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 26 June 2020 12:03 (four months ago) link

those are both pretty nice (or at least with Sponono it's super fun to hear those voices together), though I'm reminded of longneck's tip about letting Spotify mix out the intros and outros. Some enterprising person should put out a pop mix of Kabza's stuff: everything edited down to 3:45

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 26 June 2020 12:51 (four months ago) link

This new Kabza is excellent. Hearing Burna's voice on Sponono seriously gave me the chills.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 28 June 2020 15:03 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Best track on that Kabza album. I love this so much, total vibe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9YpWwQ-qPE
Kabza De Small ft. Daliwonga • Ilog Drum

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 08:08 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLiYx6LfuXg
Moonchild Sanelly, Aymos & Theology HD - Isegazini

This is a killer

Nabozo, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 20:17 (three months ago) link

LiveAm(a)p(iano) magic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWeVc0yNGac

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 20 August 2020 20:34 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

latest (largely) Kabza & Maphorisa project is the Money Heist album by Tyler ICU & Nicole Elocin. based on only one listen, it mostly sticks to formula, with no exciting new directions like the Daliwonga tracks on Kabza’s King Of Amapiano. the hit off this is a cover of (and I kid you not) that old chestnut “Bella Ciao”.

not posting anything yet until I found a favourite - instead here’s a lovely non-Kabza track that’s very popular right now:

Soa Mattrix x SoulfulG x Shaun101 • Uthando (full version)

Do check out this fun live performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju0HNQKgbZk

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 September 2020 21:10 (two months ago) link

antifa amapiano....I like it

Simon H., Sunday, 20 September 2020 21:19 (two months ago) link

okay, the people have spoken, so here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMh8ukme6YQ
Nicole Elocin & Tyler ICU ft. Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa • Bella Ciao

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 20 September 2020 21:32 (two months ago) link

...I really don’t think “Bella Ciao” belongs on the same thread as “Emcimbini”...

people might actually start thinking
I’m posting third-rate gqom or amapiano tracks simply because they’re briefly popular in their respective country

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 21 September 2020 07:49 (two months ago) link

Didn't know this about the title of the current Kabza album:

“The purpose of the ‘Sweet and Dust’ title was us trying to separate the types of Amapiano sounds: “dust” is mainly the hardcore drum pattern; the Kwaito influenced sound, and “sweet” is the more soulful and jazzy Amapiano. All in all, this album shows the world that Amapiano is a genre that caters to everyone.”

(from this article posted by Nabozo on the AmaPiano awesomeness thread:
https://mixmag.net/feature/amapiano-south-africa-house-music-movement-gauteng)

Also an affectionate chuckle at this:

“This is my first album,” says Kabza.
Sure, after five albums with DJ Maphorisa and two mixtapes of your own in the space of one year it is indeed technically your first solo album.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 19:53 (two months ago) link

(also was blissfully unaware that "Bella Ciao" is riding a new wave of popularity because of the La casa de papel/Money Heist series. I don't netflix)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:00 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Mambisa II, the new Mas Musiq album, is fantastic, as good as any of the Kabza x Maphorisa albums, if not better – for one, it has lots of post-“Emcimbini” tracks with beautiful vocals (Aymos, Daliwonga, and Mlindo all show up, Sha Sha doesn’t, but Nia Pearl and Nicole Elocin do instead), feel free to take your pick and post some...

...but I’ve been looking for this Joni ever since I saw and heard the crew working on it live and direct on Madumane=Maphorisa’s Instagram live stream in early August:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84VuZC2pfLc
Mas Musiq ft. Madumane, Daliwonga, Vyno Miller, Kabza De Small & Myztro • Joni

It was all of the above (minus Kabza, so the groundwork had already been laid) together in a small studio (no facemasks, shared vaping, aargh), adding verses and ad-libs on the spot. Thought for sure they were going to drop this monster the very next day, but no. Kept checking YouTube to see if someone had posted that session, again no. Guess they were waiting for the “December” season...

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:36 (one week ago) link

okay, I'll go ahead and post this absolute stunner as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w3nFHv00ZM
Mas Musiq ft. Daliwonga • Watermelon

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:55 (one week ago) link

In love with Streeeeet Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight-ah! atm

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 13 November 2020 18:54 (one week ago) link

Aymos finally releases two tracks of his own, and one is with Kabza:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IezhJlGIL0
Aymos ft. Kabza de Small • Iparty Yam

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 21 November 2020 21:41 (two days ago) link

The Daliwonga album is out. Did anyone listen yet?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 21 November 2020 22:12 (two days ago) link

oh wow, I didn’t know! he’s great on everything I’ve heard him on this year, so colour me stoked.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Saturday, 21 November 2020 23:08 (two days ago) link

listened to it this morning. very good album (another one!), although song-wise I don’t think it’s on the level of the Mas Musiq one. really like the rich percussion on these tracks.

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 November 2020 12:52 (yesterday) link

It's more of a vibe, but it sounds like something that might grow on me if I let it. Daliwonga's voice is pure bliss.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 23 November 2020 10:36 (eleven hours ago) link


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