About me


Dr Phuti Sepuru

Dr Phuti Sepuru completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Pretoria in 2011, majoring in Jazz Piano Performance, Music Education, and Music Technology. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Musicology in 2015 and completed her Doctorate in Musicology in 2019. Her current research interests include jazz ethnography and exploring elements of musical style in South African jazz, particularly practitioner-based research.


My vision/dream is to make the art of music and research in music available and accessible to all. The benefits of partaking in the arts, and music, in particular, are widely written about, but not everyone has had the privilege to develop this skill. Music is a powerful and empowering, medium that can unite and (re)ignite passion in an individual, regardless of their particular history. I view music as a means to bring forth change and create a better future for our communities.

Dr Sepuru is employed as a Lecturer in Classical Music and Jazz Studies at the University of Pretoria, and also serves as the jazz vocal accompanist. In 2015 she was selected as the pianist for the esteemed Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band, and she was invited to join the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society.

Sepuru has worked with the following artists: Abigail Kubeka, Dorothy Masuku, Mabongi and Deborah Fraser, as part of the Women in Song Legacy Tour; Tshepo Tshola, Judith Sephuma, Siphokazi, Zahara, Simphiwe Dana, Dr Tumi, Ringo Madlingozi and the Bala Brothers as part of the Winnie Mandela Tribute Concerts; Candy Tsamandebele and Simphiwe Dana. She has performed in Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Sweden, Denmark, Rwanda, Zambia, Egypt, New Zealand, Ghana and Seychelles.

More recently, she joined the Nelson Mandela: The Song Lives On project as pianist and backing vocalist. Sepuru currently serves as a Board Member for the South African Association for Jazz Education (SAJE).