About Judith Sephuma
Judith Sephuma is a South African multi-award-winning artist of international standard has been dubbed the queen of Afro Jazz. She is an acclaimed, prolific, and versatile singer with multiple platinum-status selling albums. Her angelic, soft, sultry, and melodic voice has continued to dominate airwaves for close to two decades. She continues to impress the world with her talent and versatility performing for thousands of fans around the world, which includes her travels to sold out shows in Europe, the USA, and the United Kingdom. Judith Sephuma is well-known for her multi-status selling jazz albums and her platinum-status selling gospel album The Experience Live in Concert.
Her career has continued to rise and has attracted interest and acclaim from jazz, afro-soul and gospel music lovers all over the world, since the release of her triple platinum-status selling debut album titled "A Cry, A smile, A Dance" released in 2001.
Judith has performed at all major jazz festivals in South Africa. She performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town in 2000 before her debut album was even released. She then went on to perform at the same festival in Holland in 2002 alongside Marcus Miller and Roy Hargrove to name a few just after the debut album release.
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Other sentimental highlights include being invited by guitar maestro Jimmy Dludlu to perform at Thabo Mbeki's presidential inauguration in Pretoria in June 1999. In that same year, she also had the honour of meeting and performing for President Nelson Mandela. She sang a special song to him, and his wife, Graca Machel, and the relationship continued for many years.
She then travelled to Addis Ababa to perform for heads of states in 2012. She is an ambassador of the One Campaign and has travelled to Washington in the US to perform for heads of states in 2014. She is associated with the poverty is sexist campaign that continues to get her involved in making a difference in our society and all over the African continent.
Her jazz album released in 2015 titled “One Word” - described as a funky-Afro Jazz Album - continues to receive great airplay and reviews all over the world. It is a crossover of what you know as Judith Sephuma and what you are about to discover about this versatile and talented singer. She has worked and shared stage with international artists like Bebe Winans, Oletta Adams, Jonathan Buttler, Al Jarreau, Randy Crawford, and Chaka Khan. Her collaboration with Michael Bolton singing an old classic “Over the Rainbow” and another with Kenny G on the triple platinum seller “A cry A smile A dance” qualifies her as the best singer and performer South Africa has produced.
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In 2019 she returned with a new a gospel album titled "Power of Dreams". This album boasts tracks for every occasion, moment, and emotion. It opens with a Samba, feel-good happy song "Dance" inspired by the love Sephuma has for her friends that she describes as ‘great friends that I will not trade for anything and have been the same friends forever’. It is also remixed as a bonus track by Prince Bulo. "Maropeng" is a medium tempo song that is about celebrating where we come from, and the importance of always remembering the beauty of home.
True to the inspiration behind this album, Sephuma says that the medium tempo slow song "A man like you" is about celebrating love. “On this track I got all kinds of artistic, I added a dash of Italian, some Spanish, and my favourite language, Sepedi. Here I am celebrating the beauty of love. That’s all.”
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