Judith Sephuma is undoubtedly South Africa’s queen of Jazz. The songstress took some time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about her music and what motivates her in life:
1. You have a very successful music career, what would you say keeps you relevant?
I think the love and passion of music keeps me going. Through the years it’s been so much fun creating what I love for my fans and friends. Music is just not a career but business to me.
2. How are you able to connect with audiences around the world?
South African music is appreciated all over the world so it’s easy to connect and it’s easy to perform for them. It’s amazing how when we go out of the country we are given so much love.
3. Your sound is quite soulful, where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from life. Whenever there’s a life changing experience of any kind I get inspiration
4. What would you attribute your work ethic to?
I come from a place where music and performing was treated as a business where I had to take it very seriously. Performance had to be a production for the listener to enjoy not only musically but visually as well. From how one looks, talks and handles the audience.
5. What fuels your passion?
The love of music. Appreciation of my gift.
6. What can people expect from you at the Joy of Jazz?
Oh wow, that concert is going to be breathtaking from music to the way we will all look to the arrangements. We will try and perform most favorite songs.
7. Is there a mantra you live by?
I pray a lot for everything so Prayer is key in my life. That’s what I live by. God is the Center of my being.
8. What’s your advice to women who would like to pursue a career in music?
They should know what they are getting themselves into. Find out as much as you can about the industry and make sure you become a dictator. Be your own boss, create friends and not enemies.
9. What do you think the decision to play 90% local content on all SABC platforms means for South African artists and the country at large?
Finally this is happening and it’s a great thing for musicians who have been working so hard to be heard by South Africa. We are world-class, if not even better. It’s about time we get recognized and be heard.
10. Lastly, what would you like to be remembered for?
A woman who created music that stood the test of time, music that changed lives.
Catch Judith Sephuma at this year’s Joy of Jazz:
When: Thursday, 15 September – Saturday, 17 September
Where: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg and Reef
Cost: R500 – R1 250 available at Computicket or Shoprite Checkers