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Immerse yourself in a week of jazz as Benjamin Jephta takes over the Orbit

Benjamin Jephta

2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta, takes over the Orbit Jazz Club stage in Braamfontein, Johannesburg from 6-11 June for a week-long residency proudly supported by Standard Bank and Kaya FM.

Bassist and composer Jephta has already become one of South Africa’s premium bass players. The SAMA nominee and Wawela Award winner for Best Male Artist and Song of the Year will gather his peers to create a diverse program of music. Similar to club residencies across the world, Jephta curates a week of performances showcasing local musicians in unique combinations playing an eclectic mixed repertoire. From South African jazz to the American Songbook with influences of electronic, hip-hop and folk, this week promises to be a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event for all music lovers. Furthermore, Jephta’s residency at The Orbit Jazz Club serves as a great precursor to get audiences warmed up for what to expect at the Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, which takes place from 29 June – 8 July (

Benjamin Jephta


Date: 6 June – (R130 | 20:00)

Benjamin Jephta Trio feat. Keenan Ahrends and Lungile Kunene

Featuring guitarist Keenan Ahrends and drummer Lungile Kunene, the trio plays from Keenan’s latest offering ‘Narrative’, as well as contemporary South African jazz.

Date: 7 June – (R130 | 20:00)

Benjamin Jephta Fusion Trio feat. Afrika Mkhize and Peter Auret

This fusion features drummer Peter Auret and 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Afrika Mkhize playing originals and standards inspired by grooves, synths and gospel chops.

Date: 8 June – (R140 | 20:30)

Tribute To Tribe feat. Sisonke Xonti, David Cousins and Marlon Witbooi

This performance will play tribute to the iconic Cape Town band ‘Tribe’ and features David Cousins on piano, Sisonke Xonti on sax and Marlon Witbooi on drums. Music from Tribe’s debut album ‘Our Language’, as well as original compositions, form part of the set.

Date: 9 June – (R130 | 20:30)

Rebirth of the Cool feat. DJ Kenzero and Siya Makuzeni

Rebirth of Cool is a concept created by DJ Kenzero and Thandi Ntuli which fuses the worlds of jazz and hip-hop. Featuring Kenzero on turntables, Ntuli on piano and Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums, with guest vocals from 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz, Siya Makuzeni.

Date: 10 June (R150 | 20:30) & 11 June (R150 | 17:00)

Benjamin Jephta Sextet & Benjamin Jephta presents Akoustik Elektrik feat. Eden Myrrh & Jitsvinger

This night previews Jephta’s upcoming Standard Bank Jazz Festival performances at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, showcasing the award-winning quintet with 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz Kyle Shepherd on piano, Marcus Wyatt on trumpet, Sisonke Xonti on sax, Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums and the addition of guitarist Keenan Ahrends. The set will also feature Akoustik Elektrik, a project that fuses Jazz with hip-hop, electronic and rock music complemented by vocalist Eden Myrrh and rapper Jitsvinger.


For bookings contact The Orbit Jazz Club at or 011 339 6645. The Orbit also offers a menu and bar service during performances.

Students half price on presentation of a student card.

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