a triButE By aBdullah iBrahiM
Sathima Bea Benjamin is undoubtedly
a great jazz singer and composer.
She had that rare quality of being able to interpret and
articulate the deeper nuances of lyric and melody with a natural
and impeccable sense of rhythmic timing.
She imparts to a listener—in understated tones—her life’s
experiences—love, pain, social commitment—a constant reminder
of elusive, innate hidden beauty within everything.
An arduous path to follow—for those who choose it—
not expecting anything in return—only the constant striving
for excellence and unattainable perfection.
17 February 2009