Benjamin Jephta’s music is remarkable. The audience at his sold-out performance at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival appeared to agree, as they physically responded to every note change and fresh beat. His art is one that transports you, taking you on a visceral, vibrant journey.
Jephta has been on a journey of his own. The National Arts Festival has had the privilege of witnessing his growth, from his days of being a part of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, to now being awarded the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz. His sound has evolved from the easy-going bass flow of his 2015 debut album Homecoming, maturing into a more complex acoustic brew.
Jephta made his name composing music that embraced a classic jazz sound, often incorporating the traditional resolution of harmonies and big, open-ended chords. However, this has changed quite marvelously in recent times.