Si Lemhaf is a tunisian musical and visual project created in 2009 by the electronic producers Mehdi and Mondher, both are born in Tunis and moved to Munich, Germany in 2004 to accomplish their studies and enlarge their knowledge and musical talent.
The project consists of Si Lemhaf's music itself and an extensive fictional universe depicting a real "Teddy Bear" as a mascot.
LEMHAF is an old tunisian word and means "Smart, astucious, like a fox" .. later on,the word "Si" (means Mister) has been added to Lemhaf. Si Lemhaf = Mr. Smart , refers to the Teddy Bear.
Mehdi, is Singer/Songwriter and composer.
Mondher is Guitarist,composer and plays percussions, and also affords the Live Backing Vocals.
Together they produce, mix and arrange their own releases.
Moreover the LIVE BAND of Si Lemhaf has 4 other members:
Drums : Rami Ramirez
Lead Guitar : Aymen Scoola
Bass Guitar : Aymen Bach
DJ/Fx : Spi
Through combining elements of Synthie pop, Pop Rock, Electronic, Hip Hop and Dubstep with tunisian lyrics, posted in a form of appropriate and creative animation videos, Lemhaf gained in tunisia a large online following with their groundbreaking Facebook Fanpage (http://www.facebook.com/Si.Lemhaf)
With the support of their excited fan base, they were able to quickly reach the presence of their music in all local Media in Tunisia.
Their first breakthrough was with the song "Dephasé" in 2010, 6 months after the appearence of the "Si Lemhaf" project.
2 Albums have been released within the first 2 Years of the appearence ( "7ess" 2011 and "Kharej Mel 7it" 2012 )
In September 2011, after a serie of successful evocative songs posted during the tunisian revolution, the duo was invited to take part on a song on the initiative of the United Nations Development UNDP. The purpose of this song was to support the electoral process and to invite young people to mobilize for their future and get involved in the Tunisia of tomorrow.
Beside the great performance, the song was composed and arranged by Mehdi and Mondher and has received great reviews and opened several new doors for them.
December 2011, the band was chosen and assigned by the Coca Cola Company and SFBT group to write, compose and perform a song to support the tunisian national football team in its qualification during the 2012 CAF Africa Cup.
The video to the hymn "Kharrej Legrinta Elli Fik" was shot in a mercurial atmosphere of tunisian football fans and with the friendly participation of several national team players having fun and singing with Si Lemhaf.
The video posted on YouTube has reached over one million clicks within a few days, to be the worldwide most shared video in the social media networks for two weeks.
In 2012, Mehdi and Mondher joined the youth network Y-peer as embassadors from Tunisia.
With it's membership, the musicians will officially represent the network and promote the key themes among teenagers (which are responsible attitude towards their health, HIV/AIDS, how to protect themselves from drugs, say "no" and be able to resist peer pressure)
In this context and on behalf of UNFPA, Si Lemhaf produced a song for Y-PEER "Hekayat Fi Bladi" with the collaboration of Karim Kamel (Egypt Embassador), Dani Dimitrovska (Macedonia Embassador).
The song was recorded in July and filmed in November 2012 in Cairo, Egypt.
Besides that, Si Lemhaf have worked on productions for other Artists like Phenix, Bendir Man and Sabri Mosbah ..
Late 2012 hey have participated as jury in a talent casting organized by DanUp. they choosed AZIZA as a winner and produced her first single "enjanna7 wentir" in collaboration with Bayrem Kilani, the song was released on 21.03.2013 and gone on top of the most played songs in the national Media.
March 2013, bad luck for the band, Mehdi had to deal with facial palsy illness for an indefinite time, they had to cancel their schedueled second live tour. However they had thereby much more opportunities to spend time in studios for experimentation and recording their third album "Ak7el wa7mer".
The duo is also credited with producing songs that are considered as "The birth of the tunisian Pop Music", they were pioneers at bringing the electronic genre to the forefront of the tunisian culture .. and they intend to stay that way, positive and innovative !
to be continued ..
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