Artist

AERO MANYELO

Aero Manyelo or rather known as Eric Manyelo by close friends and family was born in Zebediela, Limpopo, South Africa in August 1987. His family relocated to Ivory Park, Midrand when he was at the tender age of five (5) where he gradually found his passion for mixing and producing music.
The root of Aero Manyelo’s supernatural power which is creating an ‘out-of-this-world’ sound can be traced back to the days when he used to play school functions and gigs as a resident D.J at the top local chill spots. Not only did that make Aero realise what his dream was, but it also drove him to becoming an international touring artist, eventually Sharing stages at major festivals around the world with international acts such as Santi Gold, Ame, Idris Elba,SchlachtHofbronx, Blinky Blink ,Spoek Mathambo just to name few.
Manyelo jumped ship from conventional schooling to pursue his love of music by enrolling at Johannesburg Central College where he completed his Matric. His quest to break ground in the music industry began when he got his first basic personal computer, which he used to start producing a fuse of genres namely: Kwaito (An indigenous South African genre), House Music and adding an electronic twist to it, bringing a fresh, vibrant and hardcore sound to game. He then printed demos which made it to the doors of Soul Candi, BlackwHole Entertainment, Shelter Music and House Afrika to mention a few.
In 2007 Aero got enrolled to Soul Candi Institute Of Music to study Sound/Audio Engineering after receiving a bursary from the institute. That was the year Aero Manyelo simultaneously got recognition from BlackwHole Entertainment through which he released his first vinyl (EP) titled: Herbal Island.
In 2008 Aero Manyelo had already started his own label Herbal 3 Records, which he had established in ‘06. By 2010 the label was much stronger than it was when it started, enabling the label to offer young producers the opportunity to get their music published and distributed online. These young producer’s music would also be featured on podcast radio shows hosted by Aero Manyelo and Mogrigo known as the Herbal 3 Radio Shows. One of the Artists to catch Aero’s attention was Mash. O, a young famous producer in the streets of South Africa known for his heavy drums and upbeat rhythm. From then on Aero was hopping from show to show, but still managed the honour to host a compilation album for Soul Candi Institute of Music in 2013, which was a symbol of appreciation between him and Soul Candi.
After numerous features on best-selling compilations in South Africa, Aero Manyelo had become a household in South African House. His breakthrough came with his single ‘Mexican Girl’ when it got featured on a compilation of one of the House Guru's of South Africa: DJ Oskido. In 2013, he released his debut European EP on seminal French house label Sound Pellegrino, run by the flamboyant Teki Latex, formerly of French rap superstars TTC. Aero remixed songs for some of the most famous pop artists from Mali, the duo Amadou et Mariam, he remixed the rebel of congolese music Jupiter & Okwess International, as well as German tropical ambassador Daniel Haaksman. He also composed a song for South Africa's legendary female group Mahotella Queens. The song called ‘Aero Matata’ ended up being the opening track on Idris Elba's tribute album to Nelson Mandela. The Album also features songs by Mumford & Sons, James Blake and Cody Chesnutt. So far Aero Manyelo put out 4 albums internationally: “Kasi Vibes “on Outhere Records, “Herbs Abroad“ on Akwaaba Music, “Dictionary of Herbs“ on his homebase, Herbel3Records in South Africa and Musica Da Terra along with Batuk Music.
2015 started off great for Aero Manyelo. He played a set at the prestigious Boiler Room, that made a stopover in South Africa alongside DJ Mujava, DJ Spoko, Spoek Mathambo, Felix Laband and Mash O. He’s also featured in a documentary titled “Future Sound of Mzansi“, about the bubbling electronic music scene in South Africa, co-produced by his f
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