The 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz winner Bassist and Composer Benjamin Jephta will be performing with his quintet at The Barn Theatre this coming Sunday!
Benjamin who grew up in Mitchells Plain and his love for Jazz began when he was a learner at Muizenberg High School. He later progressed to study and graduate at the prestigious South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.
He has been performing since the age of 15 featuring in various local live performance venues & festivals, he has also toured Africa, Europe and Asia with various Orchestras.
Benjamin has shared the stage with renowned South African musicians such as McCoy Mrubata; Sibongile Khumalo; Paul Hanmer; Feya Faku; Jimmy Dludlu; Simphiwe Dana; the late Hugh Masekela; Marcus Wyatt; Kyle Shepard to name but a few.
His debut album, ‘Homecoming’ has received many accolades including a SAMA and Metro Award nomination and he won awards for ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the Wawela SAMRO Awards in 2016. With this new offering , Benjamin fuses his love for jazz with hip hop, electronic and rock music, reflecting the influence of popular culture on young people in the 21st century. Benjamin has not only worked with the cream of South African Jazz musicians but he has also worked with Hip Hop elites Ricky Rick; Cassper Nyovest as well as Micasa; Tresor & Lira. He has also been a musical director for the TV show Bantu Hour on SABC 2.
Benjamin is currently touring South Africa bringing the fresh sounds of his unique sound to all Jazz music appreciators throughout and the Nelson Mandela Bay audiences are surely to be in for a treat!
Benjamin Jephta will perform on 20 May 2018 at The Barn Theatre, PE Opera House from 17:00. Admission: R70.00 (R50.00 Pensioners) – limited seating be sure to be early.
‘Identity’ is the new single by bassist and composer Benjamin Jephta, featuring rapper Jitsvinger and vocalist Eden Myrrh. Jephta (2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz) fuses his love of jazz, hip-hop and electronic music in this new track that speaks to self-expression and living your truth, fearlessly.
Benjamin (24) has already made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s premier jazz double bass and electric bass players. Nominated for both the Metro FM awards and a SAMA, 2016 saw him winning the Wawela Award for ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’. Now he puts on the hat of producer for this crossover single that showcases his range as an artist. ‘Identity’ is the first single from his anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Evolution of an Undefined’, due for release in late 2017.