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RJ BENJAMIN FOR KRAKATOA (article first published : 2006-01-23)

In an article about RJ Benjamin, music journalist Therese Owen said: “The depth of his songwriting skills, his silky smooth voice and his understanding of music overall was like nothing I have heard from this country since Brenda Fassie broke in the eighties.”

Durban audiences will be able to judge for themselves when RJ Benjamin performs at Krakatoa at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom on January 27 and 28.

RJ Benjamin’s first professional appearance was at Metro FM Awards in 2004 where he impressed with his outstanding performance. Inspired by Michael Jackson’s classic Man in the Mirror, he wrote his first song at the tender age of eight, titling it Life in the Mirror.

“I was always shy in school and felt that whatever I was feeling would be better expressed through my songs,” reminisces RJ. By the age of 15 he was playing the piano and about the same time, was introduced to Prince whose music changed his perspective of music and artistry. He was also inspired by Miriam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, Mahaila Jackson and various other Gospel and Soul artists.

At the age of 25, RJ Benjamin has established an unusual career in music and is on the brink of international fame with the release of his debut album, Who I Am. The album is described as “funkadelic neo soul played by top jazz session musicians and accompanied by RJ’s sultry, sexy voice”, making it accessible to music lovers across the board.

Included on the album are collaborations with the godfather of SA hip hop, Amu, and R&B sensation Ishmael. RJ produced the album with Kaybee, 37mph and Bongani Fassie as collaborating producers on different tracks.

RJ Benjamin lectures music at Allenby Campus School of Contemporary Music and the National School of the Arts. He was voted the most popular teacher on M-Net's Project Fame.

Tickets R50 through Computicket and Sibiya Box-Office on 031 580 5555. The performances begin at 21h00 each evening.




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