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The Booth: Aero Manyelo


Fans, casual listeners and critics aren’t the only consumers of music. Every fortnight, we ask a prominent or exciting artist to share five tracks that are currently on rotation on their boombox/diskman/Zune – oldies, latest hits, oddities and obscurities.

Welcome to The Booth.

Aero Manyelo has been interacting with this force we call music from an early age where he was influenced by his father’s love for jazz. He jumped ship from conventional schooling to pursue his love for music at Johannesburg Central College and started producing tracks as soon as he got his first PC. He would soon find himself studying sound engineering on a bursary at Soul Candi – in the meanwhile having had demos make it to the doors of BlackwHole Entertainment, Shelter Music and House Afrika. This resulted in his first vinyl LP, Herbal Island, being released through BlackwHole Entertainment.

His sets are intensely intriguing as the range of music he makes stretches from far ends of the commercial electro/EDM spectrum to some of the deepest of deep house around – but the energy provided by the man behind the decks is consistently infectious. 2014 was a big year for Aero having released Herbs Abroad off Akwaaba Music and collaborating on the Idris Elba curated album, Mi Mandela. This year has seen him perform at the likes of Cape Town Nu World Fest, Rocking The Daisies and the PUMA #Represent698 launch in Newtown. We’re excited about what’s still in store…

Here are his 5 tracks, in no particular order.

1 | Rival Consoles Low

You get home and they ate your favourite piece of chicken, then you decide to go to KFC and get the whole bucket for yourself – that’s the attitude of this song.

2 | The Irrepressibles In This Shirt

“Suddenly when impossible things happens and you don’t believe it “. I know the song lyrics got nothing to do with this. 🙂

3 | Groove Armada Paris (AndHim Remix)

When you see the brother you know going through a rough patch in a relationship – this what I feel in this song.

4 | Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba Lament for Ali Farka

This is the jam I blast when I’m driving alone at night. This song makes the moon seem brighter 🙂

5 | Lijadu Sisters Come On Home

Whenever I’m listening to this song I feel like everyone I lost in my life is with me.


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