MZANSI MUZIQ 2021 🇿🇦 Rolling South Africa thread

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by popular demand: a thread that’s meant to function as the focal point for all the wonderful new music coming out of the good land of Mzansi (and immediate surroundings). this is the place to post your favourite tracks by your favourite amaKhosi nezIndlovukazi (that’s kings and queens in Zulu) of amapiano, gqom, (afro)house, kwaito, soul and rap, and whatever else might strike (y)our fancy...

(and yes, this means that it’s more or less replacing the mini-myriad of SA-themed threads (Sun-El, “eMcimbini”/Kabza, Amapiano) that have sprung up recent(ish)ly. they are still here obviously, but use them wisely, lovingly and sparingly. it's easy if you try - I hope)

let's kick off with a repost from the Sun-El thread of the current big summer hit in SA right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AagjAUE8U8s
Blaq Diamond • SummerYoMuthi

huge amapiano track, not (yet?) on Spotify/etc for some reason:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2oUtIhSX00
DJ Obza • Dlozi’lam
(Shazam, in all its wisdom, lists the artist as “Joynomics”)

another very good current Obza track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etyYdRRCBo
DJ Obza ft. Leon Lee • Mang’ Dakiwe

Limpopo (in the) house: there’s much more where Master KG came from. as producers go, there’s also DJ Call Me. here he is with the awesome Makhadzi, whose recent album I nominated for the EOY, but Call Me’s own album is equally good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb77lccDHKo
DJ Call Me ft. Makhadzi & Mr Brown • Maxaka

more about this genre of “bolobedu house” here:
https://www.okayafrica.com/master-kg-jerusalema-bolobedu-house-tracks-check-out/

...and I'm also loving this track at the moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb2HYdZMaGQ
DJ Luvas ft. Mnisi • Egoli

so much for me for now - what are your favs of the moment?

Is this gonna be all pop music? Because I've been listening to a fuckton of South African jazz the last couple of years and that shit is amazing. Crucial names: Nduduzo Makhathini, Ndabo Zulu, Linda Sikhakhane, Thandi Ntuli, Siya Makuzeni, Bokani Dyer, Benjamin Jephta.

The Brownswood label is putting out a compilation called Indaba Is later this month. Here's the first single, Bokani Dyer's "Ke Nako":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Mvqyc7DMM

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:33 (six months ago) link

My favorite that (I think) wasn't posted on last year's thread is "Mercedes" by Semi Tee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4-FPxxH7b8

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 11 January 2021 22:45 (six months ago) link

We’re bundling the various South African offshoots of the Rolling Afropop thread into one Rolling SA thread (of which this is the first edition), so yeah, the focus is definitely on “pop”, but as long as any non-pop stuff you’re posting is current I think we can *roll* with it. Pretty sure at least some people will appreciate the jazz!

As for “Mercedes”, it was posted on the Amapiano Awesomeness thread back in May. Semi Tee is a blast, and so is rapper Focalistic, who's on this track.

Egad, I was wrong! Well, I guess that's why it's a good idea to have one thread instead of half a dozen.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 13:02 (six months ago) link

Jazz makes sense since it's such a big part of the SA music mindset, imo. Very happy about this thread in general.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 13:29 (six months ago) link

JazziDisciples to thread!

There's a cover story on South African jazz (based around the aforementioned Indaba Is compilation) in the new issue of The Wire, which just came out today:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eriu4-jXIAEqX1j.jpg

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:17 (six months ago) link

Jazz and pop have some overlap these days imo.

Have you guys heard this 2019 album by Tlale Makhene “s.g 2.0”? It’s so good, I’ve been obsessed w it lately.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdZImX0f1CE

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 19:44 (six months ago) link

Damn deej, this album is amazing! When are we rerunning the 2019 EOY?

A profile on Tlale Makhene:
https://www.jazzitout.com/2020/02/21/tlale-is-a-percussionist-whose-drum-beat-was-nurtured-the-swazi-way/

So S.G 2.0 is the follow-up to his 2017 Swazi Gold album, consisting in large part of “remixes” of that album’s tracks. The track deej posted (which is new) is actually the only percussion-heavy one, the rest is much closer to Makhene’s own description of them as “lounge and soul” (for “lounge” read “electronic”, I guess). Musical partner and producer Ziyawa Ka Zitha (who’s from Eswatini/Swaziland) quite probably plays a big role here. Opening track “Gegege”, which I'm currently luxuriating in, is just him (Ziyawa) with singer Juda Selitjane:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3elGc7YvZ0

(I’m a sucker for the kind of vocal harmonies that are employed on this album, they remind me of early 90s r&b and stuff, but you also hear them in turn-of-the-century SA house trio SHANA, featuring a young Black Coffee.)

Listening to Swazi Gold now, and some of the original versions are pretty old-school gospely soul jazz and their “remixes” on 2.0 really are *something else* altogether, his way of “mov[ing] with the times before finding himself on the other side of evolution”. But not everything is: the original “Emabhunswini” for instance is a trip and a half in itself.

this thread sure got off to an unexpected start - not complaining tho!

^that sounds cool, will check it out.

If we're still talking about recent jazz, I listened to the Ndabo Zulu album Queen Nandi yesterday and it's stunningly good: https://ndabozulu.bandcamp.com/album/queen-nandi-the-african-symphony.

rob, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:24 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I love that record. I actually had a long Zoom conversation with Ndabo Zulu, Nduduzo Makhathini and Mbuso Khoza about it when I was writing a review of the album.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:34 (six months ago) link

Off the 2021 tip, one thing I wanted to do this year was explore more of the older music from Africa (I've been following since 2019, but given all the great songs I've heard imagine all the great stuff I missed before then!). I've been enjoying going through this list as a starting point: https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/2014-07-15-the-100-greatest-south-african-songs/

One highlight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1OQLHHH63M

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:40 (six months ago) link

that’s Felix Laband • Whistling In Tongues, from 2002.

my request for this thread (and all other music threads really):

🔻🔻Could everyone please label the tracks they are posting?
It makes it so much easier to search for something, and as with all internet links, there is every chance these YouTubes (or Soundclouds or whatever the case may be) will become broken at some point (in a couple of years perhaps, or you know, next week, it happens all the time), and then we won’t have anything left to go on.🔺🔺

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 15:38 (six months ago) link

that list looks great, Greg, I feel the same about getting to know the classics better, but while I'm busy thread (traffic) policing - a reminder that we have a dedicated thread for older African pop:

Old School Afropop

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 15:46 (six months ago) link

(btw some ilxors might be interested to learn that that Laband track also received the Todd Terje remix treatment)

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:05 (six months ago) link

not sure how much longer TNS intends to continue to drip drop tracks before he releases his album (the tally is now at six), but this is one of the best so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMeb01inrCA
TNS ft. Nokwazi Mtshali & Nomcebo Mthethwa • Kwamashu

The DJ Obza album (it’s called Masego and features “Mang’ Dakiwe” but not “Dlozi’lam”) is very good.

Since we accept jazz, let's also accept r&b. This song from last year is quite magnetic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEWCJc1atvc
Elaine - You're the One

Nabozo, Sunday, 17 January 2021 11:10 (six months ago) link

Through some odd channels, I recently came into a digital copy of Phelimuncasi's first record from 2016, which has seemingly disappeared from the internet. It's quality gqom, really digging it today.

The return of our beloved potatoes (the table is the table), Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:32 (six months ago) link

ooh that TNS track breastcrawl posted is really cool

rob, Sunday, 24 January 2021 21:05 (six months ago) link

There's a clip for Makazi

In case you're interested to hear the follow-up to Dumelang, here's Nobody

Nabozo, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 19:33 (five months ago) link

Also Boohle is officially the closest singer to Sha Sha. Enjoying discovering her stuff, even if she's maybe not quite, not quite there.
But it's close.
Boohle - Inyembezi for example. Or Mama.
She was mentioned once last year. Her album with Josiah De Disciple is titled Umbuso Wabam'nyama (october last year), it's really consistent.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 20:16 (five months ago) link

oh yeah, I like Boohle!

admire this beautiful piano with a Sun-El extension:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwF9S59F4II
Kelvin Momo ft. Sino Msolo & Souloho • Madlamini

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 12:21 (five months ago) link

that's really nice

rob, Friday, 5 February 2021 16:24 (five months ago) link

might be my favourite song of the year so far, just so carefree and beautiful

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 16:27 (five months ago) link

I need to revisit it with much better speakers, but yeah it's cool to see 'piano done so gracefully

rob, Friday, 5 February 2021 16:32 (five months ago) link

luv 2 start threads at the worst possible time: TRESOR, the Congolese-South African singer with the heavenly voice

rob, Saturday, 6 February 2021 15:26 (five months ago) link

https://www.theafricareport.com/62955/sibongile-khumalo-voice-of-the-new-south-africa-dies-at-63/

RIP Sibongile Khumalo, South African Zulu township jazz & choral singer. I know she’s not exactly perfect for this thread, but thought readers of this thread might nevertheless be appreciative.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 February 2021 20:22 (five months ago) link

RIP. I had never listened to her before. Definitely old school, impressive voice.

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 7 February 2021 20:50 (five months ago) link

someone has been watching "Jerusalema" blowing up worldwide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcLM3brK16o
DJ Cleo ft. Bucy Radebe • Gcina Impilo Yam

it's actually an amapiano rework of this recent gospel smash:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RpnvLCgED8
Bucy Radebe • Uzugcin'impilo Yam'

the dance steps look easy enough, now let's hope "Gcina Impilo Yam" will roll off international tongues as easily as "Jerusalema" (or "ngilondoloze"/"y yo no lo se" lol)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 7 February 2021 21:03 (five months ago) link

I'm a big fan of Manqonqo. he started out in the Limpopo House/Bolobedu scene (working with producer Airic), but this is the best I've heard him on amapiano so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq-Wuqda9d8
Bee Kay ft. Manqonqo • Imali

sensational jam, love the dramatic disco strings and the organ vamps on this, and that beat is sumptuous

god for an opportunity to dance to this in public

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 7 February 2021 21:56 (five months ago) link

He has a new song out gaining ground called Amaneighbour, but I will post this really fun song from two years ago: Killer Kau - Kataliya

I'm also getting interested in producer Busta 929 who has really unique take on the genre, quite free and deconstructed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijHEvvDKAZA
Mr JazziQ & Busta 929 - Ekseni feat. Boohle SA & Zuma

It's worth checking Vsop which is fascinating
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSKKAw024fs
Mr JazziQ & Busta 929 ft. Reece Madlisa, Zuma, Mpura, Riky Rick, 9umba - VSOP

Maybe it's the year Amapiano explodes as a genre as it's taken apart and to its logical end

Also:
https://www.okayafrica.com/south-african-artists-to-watch-2021/?rebelltitem=1

Nabozo, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 20:56 (five months ago) link

The album, Maba Jabul’abantu, is really uncharted territory.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 21:04 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryJjULFAquk
Reece Madlisa & Zuma - Sithi Sithi

Nabozo, Wednesday, 10 February 2021 21:25 (five months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLFULXPUqgk
(mfr souls ft. bassie - bathandwa)

crossposting here after having been made aware of this thread ;P

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

― dyl, Sunday, February 14, 2021 12:27 PM (three hours ago)

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, February 14, 2021 1:37 PM (two hours ago)

dyl, Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00 (five months ago) link

good morning!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 15 February 2021 08:26 (five months ago) link

Sweet stuff, TNS is doing amapiano. His album must be around the corner with the number of songs he just released.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dqr1n2a7Vk
TNS - Umhlaba Wonke

Nabozo, Monday, 15 February 2021 21:02 (five months ago) link

apparently as of a couple weeks ago, dj obza's "dlozi’lam" from upthread is now streamable as "idlozi lami," the first track on an open mic productions compilation. (good thing too b/c it's gorgeous)

dyl, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:38 (five months ago) link

Baby Are You Coming? for the pandemic era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHGUjtcUF70
SHELOVESKAMO ft. Ch'cco & Crush • You My Baby

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 16 February 2021 22:16 (five months ago) link

catching up on this thread and the the mr jazziq & busta 929 tracks are really cool, especially "ekseni". really love that massive hi-hat/snare sound

ufo, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 07:35 (five months ago) link

Jersualema never did much for me, but wow at "Gcina Impilo Yam" !

rob, Wednesday, 17 February 2021 13:31 (five months ago) link

i'm behind on the thread but this just came through my inbox:
https://www.dw.com/en/warner-demands-licence-fees-for-jerusalema-videos/a-56594810

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:31 (five months ago) link

what a skeleton move

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:01 (five months ago) link

I heard a few tracks, it’s some raw shit. this one is pretty wild:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp-4A_-nwXU
DJ Black Low ft. DJ Saxo Boy • 9 Days

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 22 April 2021 18:07 (three months ago) link

yes definitely. this was my highlight from the project tho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8JWkqlvWV0

voodoo chili, Thursday, 22 April 2021 19:49 (three months ago) link

I already playlisted it!

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 22 April 2021 20:07 (three months ago) link

loving this South African rap jam:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w65HxZ2q_Vc
Dr Peppa ft. Blxckie, Aux Cable, Lord Script & Chang Cello • Mntase

also posted this one earlier last year on the Rolling worldwide rap thread 2021:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBQhHgzNHQY
DJ2WNTY ft. Lani , BANDSMIDNIGHT & 6ixty Jonas • Oorkant

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 13:13 (three months ago) link

but amapiano is the biggest genre in SA. you want proof?
these are today’s 30 most streamed tracks on Apple Music:

1. amapiano
2. amapiano
3. amapiano
4. amapiano
5. amapiano
6. amapiano
7. amapiano
8. amapiano
9. Justin Bieber • Peaches
10. amapiano
11. amapiano
12. amapiano
13. Lil Nas X • Montero (Call Me By Your Name)
14. amapiano
15. amapiano
16. amapiano
17. amapiano
18. amapiano
19. Young Stoner Life (Young Thug & Gunna) • Solid
20. Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) • Leave The Door Open
21. Giveon • Heartbreak Anniversary
22. amapiano
23. Tiësto • The Business
24. Lil Nas X • Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (yes, again)
25. amapiano
26. amapiano
27. amapiano
28. The Weekend • Save Your Tears
29. amapiano
30. Young Stoner Life (Young Thug & Gunna) • Ski

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 13:15 (three months ago) link

one of these tracks is "Banyana" from DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU's new EP, see the Kabza/Emcimbini thread.

there's also several from the number one album in SA right now, Mr JazziQ's Party With The English, with "Woza" (see upthread) the biggest hit of those.

this is just one of the many killer tracks on that mysteriously titled (or is it?) album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFqnn_BCRFI
Mr JazziQ ft. Kabza De Small, Zuma & Reece Madlisa • Le Tin

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 13:26 (three months ago) link

I would not have found it by myself despite listening to the album some weeks ago, but that vocal line in Banyana is straight from Afro-Colombia (Bullerengue): El Pescador. Interesting intercontinental dialogue here.

Nabozo, Sunday, 25 April 2021 14:16 (three months ago) link

ah, I saw it mentioned that it was a cover, meant to investigate later.

actually there’s a much more direct connection, “El Pescador” was turned into an international club hit in 2009 by Michel Cleis, under the title of “La Mezcla”. a remix by Charles Webster (British, but active in the SA house scene as well) was/is very popular in South Africa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvShTiE1QOM
Michel Cleis ft. Totó La Momposina • La Mezcla (Charles Webster's Club Mix)

(more about Totó La Momposina's legacy here)

Someone else in amapiano land had the same idea as Maphorisa::

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsNikc-5iYs
DJ Melzi ft. Mkeyz & Mphow69 • La Melza

Melzi may have been first actually, his version’s been around since December last year at least.

“Banyana” for comparison:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39xp8P40eyY
DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU ft. Sir Trill, Daliwonga & Kabza De Small • Banyana

I played both these tracks today and didn’t notice the similarity – also I’m sure I’ve heard “La Mezcla” out back in the day, but didn’t make the connection.

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 15:41 (three months ago) link

love this fantastic amapiano (sort of) comeback by veteran rapper Khuli Chana:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nMVq4M8ums
Khuli Chana ft. Tyler ICU, Stino Le Thwenny & Lady Du • Buyile

scenes

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 11:49 (three months ago) link

this thread also desperately needs some kuru kuru kuru kuruku-chiki-chiki-chi (qo qo):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naiD6DfQKrE
Musa Keys ft. Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi • Vula Mlomo

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:23 (three months ago) link

hard-hitting - keeping gqom current:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tb5YsE2lUc
Skillz ft. DJ Tira, Mampintsha, Beast & General C'mamane • Inhlokohlela

smooth - this would previously have gone to the Sun-El thread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMKGzdFoLeE
Shimza ft. Darque & Sino Msolo • Kethiwe

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 1 May 2021 19:41 (three months ago) link

told you I'm a boss you've ignored that - yes, Muzi's always been very good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjBtguG6JDI
Muzi • Interblaktic

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 22:13 (two months ago) link

are you that Sumbody?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t16VuAYgFUA
DJ Sumbody ft. Drip Gogo & The Lowkeys • Iyamemeza

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 12 May 2021 06:53 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMKi85xkgtw
Focalistic and Mr JazziQ - GUPTA feat. Lady Du, Mellow & Sleazy

Nabozo, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 19:07 (two months ago) link

GUPTA owns my soul right now.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 13 May 2021 18:21 (two months ago) link

Also... Liyoshona, not to mention Banyana.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 13 May 2021 18:40 (two months ago) link

hold up - no one has posted de mthuda's gorgeous John Wick yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06_9LOj75g4

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 13 May 2021 18:55 (two months ago) link

holy hell at “Gupta”

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 13 May 2021 19:37 (two months ago) link

Proper beat and chorus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBQx5O0_PIo
Khuli Chana feat. Tyler ICU, Stino Le Thwenny, & Lady Du - Buyile

Se ka buyile
Seng'shiya more, and ziwa more, wang' feel-a more
Wa tseba, wa tseba
Banana bantshwere ma ayi yebo
Ayi yebo, ayi yebo, ayi yebo!

Nabozo, Sunday, 16 May 2021 10:14 (two months ago) link

Of course it was already posted :) my bad. Let's say it was for the video.

Nabozo, Sunday, 16 May 2021 10:21 (two months ago) link

The new Vigro Deep album, Baby Boy 4, is good. Here's "Take It Slow" with Sha Sha:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUYpxUG8OuQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 16 May 2021 20:45 (two months ago) link

Slowly trying to piece-together an amapiano-and-adjacent playlist to convert my dancehall and soca-loving friends that amapiano isn't all endless shaker-intros and polite, un-kinetic rhythms. Need things with strong hooks and big donks. This si what I have so far: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1Aq1aR62T7j0pWqGBF975F?si=2de5fbee91524a95 What's missing?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:22 (two months ago) link

actually Take It Slow should be on there (can't find a spotty link though)

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:24 (two months ago) link

tyla - "getting late"
busiswa - "makazi"
busta 929 - "ekseni"

"skeleton move"'s genre is bolo house if you want to find more in that vein specifically, i don't think it's that closely related to amapiano but i'm sure there's crossover these days

ufo, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:38 (two months ago) link

prince kaybee - "banomoya"
sho madjozi - "jamani"

ufo, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 12:44 (two months ago) link

ah, didn't know about "bolo house" although clearly it's a slightly different beast. I'm conscious Sk'Ngiding is from Mozambique, but it certainly sounds in line with the other tunes. It's one of my faves

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:09 (two months ago) link

thanks for the recommendations, will take a listen!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:10 (two months ago) link

amapiano has certainly spread far beyond just south africa now, there's been a bunch of nigerian amapiano tracks lately (though i don't remember them off the top of my head)

ufo, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:27 (two months ago) link

whole lot of examples if you search this year's afrobeats thread, i need to catch up on them all

ufo, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:32 (two months ago) link

the dj black low songs i posted upthread fit the bill, imo: "9 days," "jaiva low," "emonate oe bethela de vosho"

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:35 (two months ago) link

I'd forgotten how much I love "Majesty" by Busiswa and DJ Tunez. What a track!

Loving the Sho Madjozi track. I'd heard some of her other stuff and really enjoyed it but it wasn't in the amapiano style.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:39 (two months ago) link

you're not wrong about DJ Black Low. I love this weird rippling almost drill'n'bassy thing the producers are doing at the moment

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 May 2021 13:41 (two months ago) link

actually Take It Slow should be on there (can't find a spotty link though)

the Vigro album was re-uploaded to Spotify in a version without “Take It Slow”. don’t know what it is with Sha Sha (-featuring) tracks, there have been alarmingly few post-breakthrough.

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 29 May 2021 15:46 (two months ago) link

So the word in business circles and speculators is that Amapiano will take over the UK soon: https://www.okayafrica.com/amapiano-uk-summer-sound-opinion/
Number one amapiano song right now in SA from the household rap name featuring Boohle prominently.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnzy7Vtw7C0
Cassper Nyovest feat. Abidoza & Boohle - Siyathandana

Nabozo, Sunday, 6 June 2021 14:59 (one month ago) link

yeah that one's really good

i remember this being one of the posts from after the 2019 trax poll when we were wondering how contemporary south african dance music still hadn't made its international break:

one of you folk should do a proposal for a show on nts, seriously. even just a one off

― ymo sumac (NickB), Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:47 PM (one year ago)

nowadays it seems like nts has been playing amapiano to some extent since late last year, and their latest call for prospective resident djs lists amapiano among the genres in which they are seeking genre specialists

so... maybe it's happening?

dyl, Sunday, 6 June 2021 18:23 (one month ago) link

sa dance music did have an international hit last year with "jerusalema"

would make sense if amapiano has a breakthrough soon in the uk via west africa etc.

ufo, Sunday, 6 June 2021 19:11 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKO12nnAvrE
Aymos - Jemeni feat. Focalistic

Which will be the first track of his first album in September, Yimi Lo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00j7CQRr2bk
Dzo 729, Guyu Pane and YoungStunner - Ba Xolele

The softest hit of this year ?

Nabozo, Monday, 21 June 2021 18:30 (one month ago) link

Apartheid is getting further and further back in time
Now for something (not quite) completely different:
https://www.noformat.net/album-urban-village-udondolo-78-en.html

The name Urban Village does not just tap into Marshall McLuhan’s image of a global village brought together by telecommunications tech. The name also references how Soweto was created. During apartheid, Black South Africans were brought to the area for work. With them, they brought pieces of their original villages. This helped create a new culture that became a sprawling urban village. Into this melting pot four musicians were raised and met. Guitarist Lerato Lichaba met singer/flautist Tubatsi Mpho Moloi at local jam sessions. Then they hooked up with drummer Xolani Mtshali and bassist Simangaliso Dlamini and Urban Village was formed. [The Quietus]

Nabozo, Thursday, 1 July 2021 13:15 (one month ago) link

I'm sure breastcrawl has introduced something like this and had a cool name for it, but this sounds like South Africa being influenced back by Naijapiano.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3a52eOC5I
CIZA - Carolina feat. Major League DJz & Abidoza

Nabozo, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

And since I'm on the subject of interesting variations on Amapiano, check this massive track that mixes a Swiss flag, slow house and this familiar Zulu word.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pG3YITIKGc
Dr Duda, Mr JazziQ & Kings Of The Surface - Amandla feat Jessica LM

To which you shall always respond "awethu" to complete the revolutionary cry: power to us the people. Dr Duda has an EP to go with it.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 18:57 (two weeks ago) link

Let's see what we can post to wake this house up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjPK4YpxxFY
Dlala Thukzin - Phuze feat. Zaba

There's a short remix with Sir Trill, Mpura and Rascoe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br7ek7iOMX8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xWd-SpMo0Y
Dj Tarico & Burna Boy - Yaba Buluku (Remix)

Nabozo, Saturday, 17 July 2021 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKpr1WyYdIQ
De Mthuda & Ntokzin - Jola feat. Malumnator & Sino Msolo

Nabozo, Sunday, 18 July 2021 19:11 (two weeks ago) link

This is a lovely remix of an electro-pop track by Jo'Burg duo Lemon & Herb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Qe4Aia7EA

Nico de Andrea Feat Darla Jade - Ghost in Me (Lemon & Herb Remix)

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 19 July 2021 15:10 (one week ago) link

Cover of the current Makhadzi hit and it's way better
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y60avQjxBEU
Sdala B & Paige - Ghanama

Busta 929 returning with 10 tracks. Out of the ones available so far, I'm feeling this instrumental 'ambient' Amapiano. You could put this in a film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEdi3BPOyEc
Busta 929 - Heartbreakers

Nabozo, Monday, 26 July 2021 07:38 (six days ago) link

i remember this being one of the posts from after the 2019 trax poll when we were wondering how contemporary south african dance music still hadn't made its international break:

one of you folk should do a proposal for a show on nts, seriously. even just a one off

― ymo sumac (NickB), Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:47 PM (one year ago)

nowadays it seems like nts has been playing amapiano to some extent since late last year, and their latest call for prospective resident djs lists amapiano among the genres in which they are seeking genre specialists

so... maybe it's happening?

― dyl, Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:23 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

sa dance music did have an international hit last year with "jerusalema"

would make sense if amapiano has a breakthrough soon in the uk via west africa etc.

― ufo, Sunday, June 6, 2021 3:11 PM (one month ago)

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/various-artists-amapiano-now/

rob, Thursday, 29 July 2021 12:50 (three days ago) link

Amapiano awesomeness thread has recent Billboard & Rolling stone links

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 July 2021 17:40 (three days ago) link

Oh thanks, I missed those.

The RS piece is really good*, but I'm a little puzzled by the NTS/pfork/ATfA/Billboard narrative of amapiano being some kind of raw underground phenomenon, like they can only conceive of African music in those terms even when it's super massively popular by any metric (with AfRoBeAtS awkwardly serving as a big pop Other?). Idk maybe this is a UK perspective thing? I assume West African stuff is prominent there in a way it simply isn't here in Montreal.

* though... "Last July, after four months of enduring the pandemic in South Africa, Moma went to Zanzibar, Tanzania, where restrictions were lax. There, he finished his own take on amapiano, an EP called MomaPiano, inspired by American R&B from the Nineties and early aughts. He also found a new residency at a beach club, where his amapiano sets became a raging success." Hmmmmmmm.

rob, Thursday, 29 July 2021 18:39 (three days ago) link

those articles just seem to be emphasising the genre's origins without then also emphasising just how huge & commercially successful it is now in south africa?

ufo, Friday, 30 July 2021 00:25 (two days ago) link

"heartbreakers" is cool, reminds me of massive attack

ufo, Friday, 30 July 2021 04:22 (two days ago) link


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