Over the past decade well known singer and songwriter, Ard Matthews, has been honing his craft and moving people the music world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, his indelible lyrics and melody arrangements has led the way to the incredible success of their debut album title “All Comes Round,” becoming one of the biggest selling rock genre albums of all time in South Africa, achieving double platinum status in its first year, with the follow up album “Something for now” reaching the same status a year later.
Just Jinjer have shared the stage with many iconic local and international artists on many stages across the world. Most notably at the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert, Johannesburg in 2009 where they performed with the likes of The Goo Goo Dolls, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Ludacris, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Peter Gabriel, Live, and Angélique Kidjo.
Ard released his debut solo album in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim and also recently teamed up with South African folk icon Vusi Mahlasela for Ard’s track ‘Umuntu’. Ard now performs regularly as a solo act, while fronting Just Jinjer, with many well-known and talented musicians joining him on bass guitar and drums on an ad-hoc and dynamic basis, most recently at Oppikoppi 2014 and the Rocking The Daisies festival in Darling, Cape Town.