Azana - Ingoma

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First sighted on: THE HOUSE OF SUN-EL: Sun-El Musician, Simmy, Mlindo The Vocalist, and other related artists

Her debut album is a delight and "Your Love" is a potential song of the summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV95uzSoh6Y

Let us now sing praises

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 July 2020 16:26 (four months ago) link

these praises have already been sung:

you're not gonna believe this but the Azana is beautiful music

― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), vrijdag 17 juli 2020 19:17 bookmarkflaglink

yep, it's good. A bit moodier than I was expecting in some way, and it's a lot to take in, but "Egoli" and especially "Bafazi" stood out on first pass

― rob, vrijdag 17 juli 2020 19:26 bookmarkflaglink

reminded me of 90s downtempo in spots, strangely enough

― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), vrijdag 17 juli 2020 19:31 bookmarkflaglink

"Egoli" def had that vibe. My possibly off-base first impression is that she followed the Samthing template and the first half is less upbeat and dancey (the "moodiness") and things pick up and bliss out in the second (?)

― rob, vrijdag 17 juli 2020 19:33 bookmarkflaglink

I’m at “Bafazi” and holy fuck

― No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), vrijdag 17 juli 2020 21:23 bookmarkflaglink

I'm pretty sure the next two are sublime too, but I actually got halfway through Bafazi and started it over so I could relive it XD

― rob, vrijdag 17 juli 2020 21:29 bookmarkflaglink

Gorgeous album, nothing much else to say rn, just gorgeous. Azana is so wonderful and commanding throughout.

I did notice that Claudio x Kenza produced the majority of the tracks, including “Egoli” and “Bafazi”, while Sun-El is credited for just four.

From this I conclude that Sun-El is not just an incredible producer with a great eye for talent but is probably a fantastic mentor as well.

― No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), vrijdag 17 juli 2020 22:42 bookmarkflaglink

impossible not to close your eyes and let the ~vibes~ wash over on bafazi

― Spottie, zaterdag 18 juli 2020 0:05 bookmarkflaglink

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 20 July 2020 17:30 (four months ago) link

further praises necessary

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 July 2020 17:31 (four months ago) link

instant classic i'd say

dyl, Monday, 20 July 2020 23:13 (four months ago) link

Ummm it's either just me or a coincidence, but 'Your Love' seems to reference the coda of 'Four Horsemen' by Aphrodite's Child...

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 20 July 2020 23:26 (four months ago) link

i mentioned it on the amapiano thread but I dig the light touch of Jill Scott "He Loves Me" interpolation in Ngize Ngifike

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 July 2020 23:40 (four months ago) link

I haven't heard the album yet but every track I've heard from her so far has been amazing. one more addition to my rapidly expanding "to check out in 2020" list.

Roz, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 08:54 (four months ago) link

all the other tracks are equally amazing!

meanwhile, further praises:

azana album is gorgeous of course

― ufo, dinsdag 21 juli 2020 0:59 bookmarkflaglink

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 09:08 (four months ago) link

btw, I’m not quite sure what is meant by “90s downtempo”- is it US-ish for trip hop? what are some artists/tracks that have that Azana vibe?
“Egoli” for instance, the intro in particular, reminds me more of Jill Scott (her again!), I think.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 11:48 (four months ago) link

yeah trip hop. I'm thinking of someone like Esthero, tho obv Jill Scott is a good comparison too.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 16:25 (four months ago) link

okay, I see. Jill Scott not trip hop tho and from the next decade? will check out Esthero, whom I’d never heard of before. thanx!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 18:51 (four months ago) link

not to turn this into a recommendation thread but I think some of the tracks on this album (from 1999 iirc) would be up your alley:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEuIuwlb-k
Zap Mama

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 19:20 (four months ago) link

BC: if it's not too low hanging fruit and you don't already listen to marsha ambrosius/floetry, I imagine that would be a find for you.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 19:36 (four months ago) link

This is sublime.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 19:59 (four months ago) link

listening thru for 2nd time now. this is gonna be one of those albums I will try to deny myself the pleasure of listening to often in fear of it becoming played out.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:03 (four months ago) link

voice like ripe cherries
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oh4eNjyQ_c

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:04 (four months ago) link

apple music has all the lyrics viewable. if only there was a built-in translation option.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 21 July 2020 20:05 (four months ago) link

this is gonna be one of those albums I will try to deny myself the pleasure of listening to often in fear of it becoming played out.

This should be its own thread topic. I do this soo much

octobeard, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 21:45 (four months ago) link

Thanx for the recommendations.
I love Floetry and Marsha Ambrosius solo, but I haven’t listened to either in ages, should rectify. Curious about the Zap Mama. Only was aware of them at the time of their debut album, which was quite big over here.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 22 July 2020 13:43 (four months ago) link

hate to agree with everyone but "bafazi" really is amazing

i think the tracks i like best are toward the middle and end but there are no weak tracks by any means

dyl, Thursday, 23 July 2020 02:26 (four months ago) link

it's solid top to bottom, yes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 July 2020 03:01 (four months ago) link

love that first uptempo section
Goodbye>Askies (I’m Sorry)>Lovers & Best Friends

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 23 July 2020 15:39 (four months ago) link

https://newseveryday.co.za/sa-news-entertainment/azanas-debut-album-ingoma-1-pop-album-in-country/

choice quote:

A singer-songwriter with a rich soothing voice sounding like Royalty as well as ripe cherries...

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 24 July 2020 14:48 (four months ago) link

sounds about right

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 July 2020 18:30 (four months ago) link

do hope you read the article ;-)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 24 July 2020 18:58 (four months ago) link

twice, while listening to the album and eating a bowl of cherries

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 July 2020 20:04 (four months ago) link

you must have felt like royalty

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 24 July 2020 20:08 (four months ago) link

"okhokho" reminds me of the radio dept. so much

ufo, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 05:41 (three months ago) link

This album is great and 'Your Love' is song of the year.

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 10:44 (three months ago) link

"bafazi" is the best

ufo, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 23:30 (three months ago) link

One of my fav albums this year for sure

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 29 July 2020 23:45 (three months ago) link

the BigCityDreams TV YouTube account has started uploading live versions of the album tracks in (more or less) daily instalments. this is "Egoli":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLeA4Aao3y8

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 19:30 (three months ago) link

argh i wanna see her live so bad

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

i like this extended mix of "ngize ngifike" that got uploaded on the el world youtube channel, particularly what it adds to the intro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iLsfVz8Jo8

i don't see it my usual streaming services yet tho :\

dyl, Monday, 10 August 2020 21:23 (three months ago) link

yeah, this is nice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 21:32 (three months ago) link

Video for “Ngize Ngifike” (with Sun-El!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSTFsH7xOAI

Song description:

This is about someone who's willing to do whatever it takes to get to someone's heart. You can like a person and the person doesn't really see how much you actually value them, how much love you can give them and how good you are for them. so this person is saying, "I'll walk till i get there and show you what i can be."

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 14 August 2020 07:44 (three months ago) link

four weeks pass...

highly recommend the live renditions of the whole album if your mind is a little unsettled lately

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-RkT8TjIrc

her singing sounds as exquisite as ever over those spare arrangements

dyl, Sunday, 13 September 2020 20:09 (two months ago) link

nice

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 13 September 2020 20:22 (two months ago) link

This rules thanks!

The Afro threads got too intimidating (and tbh too full of stuff I wasn't feeling!) So I missed this. Excellent.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 13 September 2020 21:00 (two months ago) link

in what way do/did you find them intimidating, table? care to expand?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 10:45 (two months ago) link

Too much stuff to listen to, and not enough return on time spent listening— I just found a lot of stuff from the beginning of this year's thread really unremarkable, I guess, and the sheer amount of all of it was making my head hurt a bit.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 14 September 2020 15:08 (two months ago) link

fair enough I guess, but on the other hand I always feel we’re not even posting nearly enough tracks, because (as I’m pretty sure I’ve said numerous times before) we’re supposed to be covering the pop music of a large part of a whole actual continent there.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 14 September 2020 17:14 (two months ago) link

Oh I agree with you in spirit, but at a certain point, I just don't want to hear a third-rate gqom or amapiano track simply because it's briefly popular in its respective country, but I also feel the same way about pop music here.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:14 (two months ago) link

And by here, I should say, the US, aka the land of mayonnaise farts and the birthplace of hiphop

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:15 (two months ago) link

I do relate to table's feeling overwhelmed but otoh the Afro threads are the only thing on ILM right now where people seem truly excited and discovering new things they think are great on a near daily basis, reminds me of how ILM felt in the early 00's, and I guess struggling-to-keep-up is an integral part of that.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 10:04 (two months ago) link

As people have mentioned on other threads, too, there's just so much music coming out these days that it's impossible to really listen to or absorb it all, even if listening to and writing about music is one's full-time job. I've downloaded or purchased vinyl or tape copies of approximately 60 records this year, about 2/3rds of them being new, and that feels like a good amount to me! Which doesn't mean I'm going to stop, but more that sometimes my ears just aren't there for something, and becoming overwhelmed is inevitable in such cases.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:19 (two months ago) link

That said, I purchased the Azana record the other night, and am love love loving it.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 14:20 (two months ago) link

sorry i've said this a few times but if anyone into afrobeats is aware of a way to purchase/download any of this music at all that is lossless / cd quality please please lmk

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 15:30 (two months ago) link

obviously i disagree with you there table/map, but then audio quality isn't that big of an issue to me and i find the listen-to-return ratio remarkably high! but i'm a notorious omnivore anyways. FOMO regarding music is imo to be acknowledged and then ignored in favor of listening to everything and going back to what sticks.

Wrong thread for it but: my this-week-listening project is rummaging through glenn's 100 aqueduct of youth tracks, the billboard hot 100 and all the genre pulls. It's about 300 tracks and THAT'S producing a bad listen-to-return ratio... probably 1 out of 4 keepers? But it's useful to get a vertical slice of the modern pop world in 2020 and that feels worth the larger part of seven days of listening.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:19 (two months ago) link

which is to say keep the firehose blasting bc; i promise someone is trying to drink from it!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:21 (two months ago) link

obviously i disagree with you there table/map

which person and about what

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:23 (two months ago) link

you about the need for cd quality sound to bother engaging with the music, table about ROI to rummaging through the volcanic flow of afropop/beat music in the many threads bc+nabozo+crew are navigating

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:26 (two months ago) link

you about the need for cd quality sound to bother engaging with the music

that's not what i said and you can get the fuck out of my mentions

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:28 (two months ago) link

lol, you are outrageously angry about the silliest shit/meaninglessly rude for no reason. this is the azana thread ffs, keep the vibes positive

i've said this a few times but if anyone into afrobeats is aware of a way to purchase/download any of this music at all that is lossless / cd quality please please lmk

apologies if suggesting this might be readable as you need cd quality to appreciate, that's how i read it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:32 (two months ago) link

Ulysses, I just don't have the time, because my work often requires me to truly hone in on texts, and sadly, I haven't developed the ability to do so while listening to the latest gqom banger.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:39 (two months ago) link

i can dig that; i am deeply privileged in better days to be able to listen to music more or less all day while i work and somewhat less privileged in post-covid days in that i can listen to music more or less all day while i am out of work.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:42 (two months ago) link

ulysses, i'm going to say this politely one more time. i have no interest in interacting with you at all on this website and i'd really appreciate it if you would any mention of me out of your posts from here on out. thanks in advance.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:49 (two months ago) link

would leave

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:50 (two months ago) link

oh, now i remember, you're kind of a jerk. i had forgotten. try killfiling me.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:51 (two months ago) link

for the record, you're the one calling me names. i'm just requesting that you not include me in your posts as you have misrepresented me more than once.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:54 (two months ago) link

http://i.redd.it/jf37w5kdf4f01.jpg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:57 (two months ago) link

wow. really mature. i guess one of us hasn't really left his noise board persona behind.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:59 (two months ago) link

damn forks, that was really totally uncalled for. I was gonna tell map that I personally don’t know about where to get those kinds of files, but that maybe dog latin or longneck would know since they both dj out (or used to at least, in longneck’s case)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 18:21 (two months ago) link

ftr i've bought the azana album on itunes and love it. i'd just really like lossless versions if i can find them at some point. it makes a difference in dj mixes. i've done a lot of searching around but i don't think they're out there.

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 18:26 (two months ago) link

Ulysses, I just don't have the time, because my work often requires me to truly hone in on texts, and sadly, I haven't developed the ability to do so while listening to the latest gqom banger.
Ulysses, I just don't have the time, because my work often requires me to truly hone in on texts, and sadly, I haven't developed the ability to do so while listening to the latest gqom banger.


Doing my comps right now and feeling this post. Excited for some serious catching up in October

rob, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:29 (two months ago) link

FWIW I would also love to get CDs of Azana, Simmy, et al. I’m less bothered by the naija stuff though glad to have African Giant on physical media

rob, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 19:31 (two months ago) link

Likewise. Would also welcome a poll or list of the essentials of the year from those who've had the time, but that's asking people to do work for me, which feels unfair.

The Azana is glorious, was on my blastbox while cycling to my uni library today. Made the empty campus feel a little less weird, and a student asked me what it was and I told them!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 20:49 (two months ago) link

lol table, guess I could ask a mod to re-open voting especially for you:

url=🇳🇬 NAIJA SPECIAL: which of these *seven* current high-profile Nigerian hit songs is the best one? please help me decide]🇳🇬 NAIJA SPECIAL: which of these *seven* current high-profile Nigerian hit songs is the best one? please help me decide[/url]

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 22:30 (two months ago) link

ftr i've bought the azana album on itunes and love it. i'd just really like lossless versions if i can find them at some point. it makes a difference in dj mixes. i've done a lot of searching around but i don't think they're out there.

7digital has lossless and the azana album at least is there

dbs, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 09:57 (two months ago) link

This is that kind of album that as I'm hearing it I can only feel it's the best album ever

Nourry, Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:01 (two months ago) link

7digital has lossless and the azana album at least is there

― dbs, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:57 AM (nine hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

thank you!!

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Wednesday, 16 September 2020 19:05 (two months ago) link

with regards to audio, I tend to find most afrobeats stuff etc is available to buy via Google Play for about a quid a track. I end up spending a lot of money each month thinking 'Well it's only 99p' before realising I've bought 30 songs. it's 320kbps which I find is just fine for my needs

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Saturday, 19 September 2020 13:05 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

c+p'd from the Jessie Ware thread:

hey yall who invoked Azana, thanx so much! Just now listed, then commented & linked to Frank Kogan, who had sent South African picks:

Here's a good -sounding playlist, all from her currrent album, Ingoma, I think--might seem a bit ballad-y at first, but mostly of a smooth pulsation, luxury class but never wasteful---or wasted, alas; I wouldn't something a little less reasonable, but she's as good, as that gets. Relatively mainstream "Your Love" is even a fave---first single, and I totally get that, ditto the plainer version of "Goodbye," but most faves make more overt use of "ethnic" elements, like the other version of "Goodbye," feat. Just Bheki and Afriikan Papi, and another fave, "Uthando Lwangemela" (that might be my No.1), also "Sikelela", with 0 guests listed. Ditto the mystique of "Egoli," with clipped accents drawing catchy verses around the sidewalk, then chorus stretching some syllables toward dreamtime--here's the playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgV3lUftsRbYnDhoIIwZoqvIfFN4gOYkF
And one of several not on the list, v. catchy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNCml8NfC8I
There's also a live at the Redbox set, where she performs the whole album, apparently, haven;t listened to that yet (several African artists with vids from the Redbox, I see) (Oh also on the list: "Lovers and Best Friends," feat. Disciples of House.)

Somebody in YT comments said, like, "If she were Anita Baker or Sade, people would be raving." Yeah she's in there between them, vibe-wise, also found/from her own nexus.

― dow, donderdag 5 november 2020 23:18

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Friday, 6 November 2020 16:43 (two weeks ago) link

i guess i never posted it here but i've been introducing Azama to friends with a "RIYL Anita Baker" note

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 6 November 2020 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

that makes sense to me, listening to this now has got me like "whew, this album is really something else"

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:12 (one week ago) link

it might be my fave album of the year, it's certainly in the mix

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 15 November 2020 22:51 (one week ago) link

Totally fucking up my lists! Ballots are coming sooon!

dow, Monday, 16 November 2020 03:22 (one week ago) link

This year is an overload of goodness and badness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But you knew that.

dow, Monday, 16 November 2020 03:25 (one week ago) link

one of my favorite tracks from the album now has a really nice, joyful video

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

dyl, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 05:58 (six days ago) link

definitely one of my faves too, I tend to play it together with “Askies (I’m Sorry)”

kiss some penis reference (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 19:40 (six days ago) link


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