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Wits Music award-winning musicians launch albums at Narratives gig

- Wits University

Vuma Levin and Benjamin Jephta launch their albums with an all-star ensemble featuring some of South African jazz’s finest musicians.

Join award winning musicians and Wits Music lecturers Vuma Levin and Benjamin Jephta as they launch their new albums “The Past Is Unpredictable, Only The Future is Certain” and “Born Coloured, Not Born Free” in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall on Friday, 28 July 2023 at 19:30.

Renowned musicians Benjamin Jephta and Vuma Levin lecture inWits Music and launch their albums at the Narratives gig on 28 July 2023 at Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall

Exploring themes of history making, identity, race, power and being, both artists will, through music, interrogate, imagine, rehearse, and perform the post-apartheid South African subject. Joining them will be an all-star ensemble featuring some of South African jazz’s finest musicians: Bokani Dyer (piano), Jonno Sweetman (drums), Sisonke Xonti (saxophone) & Tlale Makhene (percussion).

About Vuma Levin

Levin’s music is an attempt to tease out and musically abstract upon the contradictions young, black South Africans find themselves in: they are both tied to the democratic national project and its related histories, power dynamics and identities, but the world is becoming increasingly transnational in character and broadening cultural debates around national belonging. In untangling these contradictions, Levin's music aims to respond to the “single story” told about Africa and its people, and to articulate the South African cultural narrative in the 21st century.

About Benjamin Jephta

Bassist and composer Benjamin Jephta has made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s premier double and electric bass players. He has since performed with Danilo Perez, Terri-lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer and Dianne Reeves among others. He is currently based in Johannesburg, as a performer, film/TV composer and lecturing in Jazz and Film music at Wits University.

Book your tickets for Narratives now, for an evening of collective (re)imagining of the South African national narrative.

Free parking is available in Solomon Mahlangu House. Entrance is on Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, by The Nunnery.

PRODUCTION: Narratives: Vuma Levin and Benjamin Jephta

VENUE: The Wits Chris Seabrooke Music Hall, Braamfontein Campus East

SEASON:  Friday 28 July 2023 @ 19:30

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes with interval