Se­phuma sounds a note for women’s rights

CityPress - - News - – Biénne Huis­man

Song­bird Ju­dith Se­phuma in­ter­rupted re­hearsals for her new na­tional tour to rally be­hind women’s rights at the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum on Africa 2015.

Known as the first lady of African jazz, Se­phuma ap­peared at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre to help launch the Poverty is Sex­ist cam­paign on Thurs­day.

She told the au­di­ence: “Women are so strong. If you em­power a woman, you em­power a con­ti­nent.”

Se­phuma has long been af­fil­i­ated to U2 front­man Bono’s One ad­vo­cacy or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to turn the spot­light on the plight of women, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral Africa.

“It is about en­cour­ag­ing women to take charge and to do what they want to do. Our girl chil­dren must grow up with ‘I can do it’ at­ti­tudes,” she told City Press.

Se­phuma was in Cape Town this week to re­hearse for her One Word na­tional tour that kicked off at the Artscape Theatre last night.

She de­scribes her new al­bum, One Word, as funky Afro-jazz. It was recorded in Cape Town over two weeks in Jan­uary.

Se­phuma’s One Word tour will be at the Meropa Sun Casino in Polok­wane on June 20, Bloem­fontein’s Pa­cofs theatre on June 27, Pre­to­ria’s State Theatre on July 18, Dur­ban’s Play­house on Au­gust 1 and the Lyric Theatre in Joburg on Oc­to­ber 3.

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