Ariel Juana is a double bass and voice duo collaboration between Ariel Zamonsky and Juana Pires Rafael. Their music merges aspects of several styles, aiming to acknowledge these genres and their cultural background while providing an accessible and current approach through songs that address modern life issues.
Ariel Juana comes to life in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the beginning of 2016. Months later the project was granted Concerts SA Mobility fund, taking them on their first nationwide tour around South Africa. At the end of 2018 they obtained the funds again, touring regionally between Tanzania, Eswatini and South Africa.
In July 2020, their work “Certain songs for uncertain times”, presented at the National Arts Festival was awarded the “Standard Bank Ovation Award”.
To date, they have collaborated with countless musicians including the Argentine pianist Hernán Lugano, and great South African musicians like Andile Yenana, Afrika Mkhize and Reza Khota.
SIMON NYIVANA BIOGRAPHY.
“He was spotted by the late Johnny Mekoa who saw a potential in him. This multi-instrumentalist picked up his first instrument at the tender age of 6. The list of artists he has performed with at his young age is impressive and indicates how ambitious he is. His dream is to pursue music for the life granted to him, which is the
only satisfaction his soul desires”
Stanley Matlou learned how to play drums at a young age. Because of his sense of music, he has propagated in a way that he can change to any genre of music without temporizing, still maintaining an energetic and interesting approach to the drums.
His passion for music led him to obtain a Bachelor’s degree majoring in music from University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Stanley has had the honour of playing with great local and international artists such as, Feya Faku (SA), the well known Ethnomusicologist, Dr Sazi Dlamini, The Metro FM jazz award winner Nduduzo Makhathini (SA), UKZN Big Band, Prof Salim Washington (usa/sa), Ernest Dawkins (USA), Yvette- Norwood (USA), DJ QB ‘Warm-days’ Smith (UK), SAROY (Madagascar) and many more.