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Meet Lemon & Herb

today26 — 05 12

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We shine a light on a Lemon & Herb, who formed as a trio in 2005, and now consist of childhood friends Don Sithole and Skhumbuzo Radebe who both hail from KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa.  They credit their passion for house music to the late 90’s compilation albums local djs put out and the explosion of house music on South African radio.  Like pause pushers across the world recording their favourite songs in between the talking. 

They honed they craft, learned the software and sound whilst studying Mechanical Engineering at University. This gave birth to Lemon & Herb was born.  Oddly the group name relates to neither of the duo, it seems they choose a moniker for the group that wouldn’t pidgeon hole their sound as they grew and developed.  With a firm eye on the business their debut ‘Zero Ground’ dropped on their own label Mixed In Motion and featured a remix from none other than US mega producer Ndinga Gaba. 

Winning an Atjazz remix competition with their twistingly deep uplifting remix for the Atjazz/ Robert Owens collaboration Love Someone solidified their entry into the industry, and they haven’t looked back since.  Releases with international labels that include Deeper Shader Recordings, Arrecha, Peng Africa, Ocha, Nulu, and DM Recs followed, but 2011 release Velani featuring Moonchild Sanelly was a sign of things to come.  Taken from their Ocha records album ‘Tomorrow In Detail’ its afro beat, nod to tech, futuristic melody refrain a clear fusing of South African rhythms with world club appeal put them front and centre of the current African charge.

Their latest sophomore album Aura is clear representation of the duos growth – warm, packed with message filled meaningful songs that can be rocked on the drive home or in the club

 

 

Written by: Drums Radio Team

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