Iconic South African jazz songstress passes away.
Legendary jazz vocalist, Sathima Bea Benjamin, passed away yesterday in her native South Africa.
The iconic Grammy award-nominated songstress was married to another jazz legend in his own right, Abdullah Ibrahim. Together, they took over Europe and New York with their unique sound and style. Benjamin managed Ibrahim’s band trio, The Dollar Brand Trio, for a number of years before releasing her own bodies of work under her independent label, eKapa RPM. Among her numerous achievements, one local honour stands out as of the highest prestige. In October 2004, former President Thabo Mbeki, awarded Benjamin with the Order of Ikhamanga Silver Award in recognition of her contribution to local and international jazz as well as her fight against apartheid.
Benjamin was born in Johannesburg and raised in Cape Town, where she met her death. She is survived by her husband, Ibrahim, and her two children, son, Tsakwe and daughter, Tsidi, also known as the underground hip hop artist, Jean Grae. She was 76.
Revolt TV sits down with Jean Grae in honour of her mother and her legacy.