Zildjian welcomes Johannesburg's Darren Leader (Zebra & Giraffe) to their family of Artists. Darren, who grew up playing in church and took lessons from many of South Africa's top drummers and teachers, is today one of the most renowned drummers in South Africa.
Darren, with Zebra & Giraffe, embarked on their first national tour in 2008 in support of their debut album, Collected Memories. The group gained immense popularity in South Africa in a short space of time and received substantial radio and press coverage, thanks in part, to the 7 top 10 singles taken off of the album. Zebra and Giraffe have had the opportunity of playing alongside acts such as The Killers, Snow Patrol, Oasis and Panic! At The Disco within the first year and a half of formation.
In 2009, they won the MTV African Music Award for "Best Alternative," beating off the likes of Coldplay and Green Day. They also won the South African Music Awards 2009 for "Best Rock."
Darren is currently in the studio doing pre-production for Z&G's second album, which is being mixed by top British engineer Cenzo Townshend (U2, Bloc Party, Editors) and is due for international release in October 2010.
His current set-up left to right is:
13.25" K Custom Hybrid hi-hats
16" A Custom crash
21" K Brilliant crash ride
19" K Custom Hybrid crash
18" A custom EFX
Darren says "Since I started playing drums, I was strangely drawn to Zildjian as a brand and I remember spending hours drawing the Zildjian logo in my school books! It's a dream to be able to play these beautiful cymbals exclusively now."
For more info on Darren and Zebra & Giraffe, head to www.zebraandgiraffe.co.za.