Unbeknown to many music fans, there’s currently a fertile South African house music scene. It’s known in South Africa by the name amapiano, Zulu for “the pianos”, and originated in South African townships like Soweto. Amapiano is now in the mainstream of South African music, blending house sounds with soul and pop. One of the leading figures in the house scene is producer Sun-El Musician, who enjoyed a prolific 2020, producing acclaimed albums from Mthunzi and Simmy as well as releasing the epically long three-hour album To the World & Beyond under his own name.
Perhaps the most notable record from the SunElWorld stable in 2020, however, was Ingoma, a record by 19-year-old newcomer Azana. Makhosazana Masango is from Durban and the most memorable song on her debut is ‘Your Love’, inspired by a long-distance relationship.
Azana’s ‘Your Love’ has enjoyed more than 3,000,000 views on Youtube, but judging from the comments most of these plays are coming from inside Africa. She doesn’t even have her own Wikipedia page yet, even though her creamy voice is totally radio-friendly. ‘Your Love’ is gorgeous, with a simple chord progression and lovely production. The video is great too, the colourful visuals are a perfect accompaniment for the song.