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Wednesday, February 20, 2019


(Ariel Zamonsky & Juana Pires Rafael)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will present bass player Ariel Zamonsky and vocalist Juana Pires Rafael on February 27, 2019.

This acoustic collaborative project started with the aim to explore the musical connection between Africa and South America. Being two Argentinians living abroad, Zamonsky and Pires Rafael both felt the necessity to acknowledge their musical heritage and fuse it with the musical influences that they have been exposed to throughout their careers, in order to build a personal and relevant sound.

This later inspired their own compositions -some of them on Zamonsky´s debut album Between Two Worlds. These have now driven the duo into a new and characteristic sound that succeeds in translating their musical identity. Their repertoire includes original arrangements on jazz standards and South American traditional and popular music as well as their own compositions. They often feature musicians from diverse backgrounds (jazz, indigenous, etc).

Zamonsky is an Argentinean bass player who relocated to South Africa in 2005, where he studied Jazz and met musicians such as Tumi Mogorosi, Sibusile Xaba and Nhlanhla Mahlangu. He has been mentored by South African greats: Andile Yenana, Afrika Mkhize, Nduduzo Makhathini, Ayanda Sikade, Marcus Wyatt and Feya Faku among others.

He also features in various recordings, three of them nominated for SAMA best jazz album award; Makhathini’s mother tongue, Mlangeni's Bhekhisiswe and Mavundla's Luhambo.

He is a member of Shabaka and the ancestors, which has toured extensively around the world, performing at major Jazz festivals like Montreaux, Montreal, Jazz a Juan, New York Winter jazz fest, Afropunk just to name a few.

Born in Argentina, vocalist Pires Rafael relocated to South Africa in debut 2016 in order to work on this duet project and learn about South African music. Her love for music is visible in every performance she delivers. She has travelled across the world, engaging with different types of music and musicians, which gives her a quite distinct and unique tone that is rooted in her Latino roots.

Join Ariel and Juana on February 27, 2019, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at The Centre for Jazz and Popular music (CJPM), Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus. General Admission R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students). Contact Thuli on 031 260 3385 or email for more details. 

This tour is supported by ConcertsSA Mobility fund.