Artscape presents “Benjamin Jephta Quintet”

Artscape is set to present the much anticipated, multi award nominee Benjamin Jephta Quintet, as part of the Artscape Youth Month Celebrations, at Artscape Arena from 09 – 11 June 2016.

This core quintet plays music drawing on gospel and South African roots and features an allstar cast including Benjamin Jephta (musician, composer and arranger and band leader), Kyle Shepherd (2014 Standard Bank Young Artist) (piano), Marcus Wyatt (an 8-time SAMA nominee) (trumpet), Sisonke Xonti (sax) and Jonno Sweetman (drums). They will also be featuring various guest artists.

Benjamin has already made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s premier jazz double bass and electric bass players having performed with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Hugh Masekela and Feya Faku and Jimmy Dludlu amongst others. After releasing his debut album “Home Coming”earlier this year and having performed as one of the acts for the acclaimed 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the quintet is looking forward to premiering and recording some new material.

The quintet has enjoyed critical recognition in several media outlets and has been nominated for numerous awards such as the 2016 Metro FM and South African Music Awards (SAMA) for “Best Jazz Album”.





” Even though Jazz is generally known as a mature genre, Jephta has made his music hip for a new generation”

 Tina George | Tonight, Cape Argus


“Jeptha’s compositions move you to silence… They are imbued with a sense of Dollar Brand-era nostalgia, while at the same time managing to sound current and innovative”

Setumo-Thebe Mohlomi |Sunday Times


“Jeptha is representative of the now-generation kind of music”

Sarah Evans |Mail & Guardian


“… bassist Benjamin Jephta decided he had to show the world there was more to young musicians than mass marketing and hyped-up fake pop “icons”.”

Gary Van Dyk |Die Burger


Key Performance Dates:

  •   Thursday, 09 June 2016 at 19:00
  • Friday,10 June 2016 at 19:00
  • Saturday,11 June 2016 at 17:30

Tickets range from R90 – R120 per person and available at Computicket Outlets.

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About Benjamin Jephta:

Bassist and composer, Benjamin Jephta, born in Cape Town on 14 July 1992, has already made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s premier jazz double bass and electric bas players. Apart from performing in venues and festivals locally since the age of 16, Benjamin has also performed with various orchestras and small ensembles in France, Sweden, Shenzhen (China) and Tanzania.

About Marcus Wyat:

Marcus is a trumpet player/composer from Port Elizabeth and has been playing his horn since 1983. The South African musician has performed around the globe, and worked with an impressive array of musicians such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Bheki Mseleku and Miriam Makeba amongst others. He has on festivals and venues in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Germany, Taiwan and India amongst many others and has just released his seventh solo album “One Night in the Sun”.

About Sisonke Xont:

Sisonke started playing music at the age of ten but it was only when he turned thirteen that he fell in love with the saxophone and continued playing classical saxophone until he got his UNISA Grade 8 distinction (2006). His introduction to jazz came at the age of sixteen (2004) when he joined the Cape Town band, the Little Giants. He has since played with an array of highly acclaimed musicians such as Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma, Barney Wailer from Bob Marley and the Wailers and Freshly Ground.

About Kyle Shepherd:

Kyle Shepherd, arguably one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances. The 28 year old award winning, recipient of both the coveted “UNISA National Piano Competition Award (2015) and the Standard Bank Young Artists of the Year (2014) in the Jazz Category has already released five critically acclaimed albums in his young career.

About Jonno Sweetman:

Jonathan is one of the most original sounding drummers on the music scene in South Africa at present. His sound and approach has attracted attention where ever he has played. Drumming is in his blood. His father, the late Robert Sweetman, was a great drummer who played professionally in the 60s and 70s. Jonno is currently a member of the amazing jazz trio Offshore, The Kyle Shepperd Group, Tones of Note Quintet, Hayden Gardner Band, Jason Roelon Trio and Jonathan Crossley Electric Band. Highlights include performing at the Cape Town Jazz Festival, at Hugh Masakela’s Birthday function and for Clint Eastwood & Morgan Freeman.



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