João Carlos "Joni" Schwalbach, pianist, composer, arranger and producer, was born in Maputo - Mozambique. Started his piano studies at the age of 7 at the National Music School in Maputo for a couple of years. Then, he was self-taught until he went to study at the prestigious music department at UNICAMP (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) in São Paulo - Brazil, where he graduated in Popular Music in 1999. In 2002, João Carlos Schwalbach completed his masters degree in Ethnomusicology at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) - University of London in the United Kingdom. Apart from his solo career (projects: DESPERTAR, VIAJENS, 100 PALAVRAS, FORTALEZA amongst others), Joao Carlos Schwalbach was a member and director of Mozambique's legendary group Ghorwane from 1993 to 2014. He also participates in many other projects as a pianist/keyboardist/producer/programmer both with national and international artists. João Carlos Schwalbach is the founder of Ekaya Productions Lda, a well established company in the region working in many different areas in the industry: Recording Studio, Audio Post-Production, Film Scores/Sound Tracks/Sound Design, Jingles, Concert Production, Music Distribution. João is also the founder of Ekaya's independent record label ManInGroove.