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Judith Sephuma will be the first South African female musician to perform at the newly built Soweto Theatre
(Published: July 23, 2012)

Multi-award winning Afro-jazz singer Judith Sephuma will be the first South African female musician to perform at the newly built Soweto Theatre.

Sephuma, who is still continuing with her Legacy Tour which celebrates her 10 year contribution to the local music industry, will hold a special Women's Day two-day performance at the theatre.

The special concert on August 10 and 11 will be tailor-made for women as it celebrates but also acknowledges their role, not only in society but the world.

Sephuma is the second artist to record here.

This after soulful jazz musician Zakes Bantwini recorded his first live DVD at the theatre on June 16 in commemoration of the Sophiatown era.

Her tour is a reflection of her illustrious 10 year musical journey and it features various vernaculars.

Sephuma said she would take her audience on a trip down memory lane.

She said she would perform her most popular classics and new melodies from her latest album.

The "I Remember" hit maker said she didn't think twice about the venue for her upcoming performance, because she wanted to make history.

"It may sound weird, but the theatre actually chose me. When I walked in for the first time I just fell in love with it.

"I wanted to give my fans an intimate performance that will be memorable to them.

"I think also the theatre was an obvious choice for me because I just love theatres - whether it's the Market or the State theatre.

"I also love big venues but a theatre allows you to be direct and in touch and more intimate with your fans."

She said: "The concert is also special to me because the theatre is situated in a historic place - Soweto township is world renowned and I saw it fitting.

"Another reason was that most of my fans are from Soweto and I thought that I should bring the music to the people.

"We (musicians) always take the concert to the suburbs, but what about people in townships? The people who without fail buy our music and support us tirelessly."

Sephuma said the tour would be different from any other tour she'd staged in her career.

"We will have a few surprises but the one thing that you should know is that some parts of the concert will be dedicated to some of the great women who have been a part of South African history.

"There will also be a gospel element to the concert and not forgetting the celebration of Women's Day."

She said that she would be releasing a live CD that she recorded at the Market Theatre on July 30.

A live DVD and a bonus CD will then be released on September 3 and she said all these would be available at music stores countrywide.

Tickets for the two-day concert are available at Computicket and cost between R120 and R150.

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