May 24, 2020 20 00 SAST
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BENJAMIN JEPHTA - Live in Concert
On Sunday the 24th May, bassist and composer Benjamin Jephta will perform an exclusive live-stream concert with Urban sessions premiering his ‘Electric Trio’ featuring Bokani Dyer on synth/keys and Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums. This trio will fuse elements of jazz, electronic music and hip-hop to move beyond genre. They will be exploring grooves and sounds from Jephta’s sophomore release: ‘An Evolution of an Undefined’ as well as some new music.
Bassist and composer Benjamin Jephta (26) has made a name for himself as one of
South Africa’s premier double and electric bass players. A graduate of the jazz program
at the University of Cape Town in 2013 he has performed both nationally and
internationally since the age of 14 and he has worked with notable South African jazz
musicians including Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo and many others. With two
albums as a bandleader, multiple award nominations and wins, Jephta, the Mail &
Guardian 200 Young South Africans list recipient also received the prestigious Standard
Bank Young Artist for Jazz award in 2017.
Benjamin regularly sessions with various South African hip-hop and pop artists, as well
as on TV programs including The Voice SA, Dancing with the Stars SA and musical
directs the ‘late night’ show The Bantu Hour on SABC 2. He is now based in New York
City after graduating from The Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston, USA, with a
Masters degree. He has since performed with Danilo Perez, Terri-lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer and Dianne Reeves among others.
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