Benny Riba (born 1994) popularly known by his stage name as Benny Afroe is a South African singer and songwriter.
Early Life and Career
Born Benny Riba from the small town of Middleburg, son of a bass guitarist, Benny grew up with music all around him and started creating his own music at the tender age of 10. With a degree in Performing Arts: Majoring in Music, he plays keys, guitar, and bass guitar and produces a unique and authentic sound never heard before. His music is a multi-layered blend of Hip Hop, RnB, Pop, and Afro-Fusion, with strong influences from genres such as Jazz, Soul, and Pop from the 80s and 90s.
Benny Afroe is a vocalist and songwriter that started writing music at the age of 10, growing up in Limpopo his love for music was heavily influenced by his father (a bass guitarist) who played for several South African bands in the 90s.
In an interview with Jetclub, he said;
I was born in a small town called Middelburg in Mpumalanga and then later moved into another small town called Burgersfort in Limpopo when I was 10 years old. Growing up there was a lot of music around me, my father was a bass guitarist, and we’d listen to vinyl, and VHS cassette tapes of performances from a variety of artists like Brenda Fassie, The Supremes, The Manhattans, and more. I started writing music when I was about 11 years old and started producing music at age 14. Fast forward a few years later and at the age of 17 I started singing and making my own music until I graduated from AFDA in 2019.
I’ve always loved music and always knew that it was a big part of my life and who I am, but my parents didn’t want me to pursue it professionally. It was something they thought I would do on the side. When I finished matric, I studied Bcom Law for two years, and in my second year, I decided to leave it and study music instead. My focus was not on law at all. The more I tried to suppress my real passion, the more the urge followed me. The music just became a part of me. My academics started to suffer because my focus was elsewhere and that’s why I decided to put the law degree on hold and pursue the music degree instead.
I would like to describe myself as a genre-fluid musician. Growing up I was influenced by a whole lot of genres that I loved from different walks of life. I used to listen to Reggae music, the likes of Bob Marley, Lucky Dube and move to R&B and Soul from international artists like the O’Jays. Every time I make my music there are influences of these artists I grew up listening to, so it would be very unfair to say, for example, I only make R&B or Soul, whereas within my sound there are traces of other genres as well.
My fashion sense is linked to music. As I said, when I was growing up I used to look up to guys from the 80s and 90s, and along with their sound, I’ve always been intrigued by their fashion sense. It was unfamiliar to me and when I used to see them on TV, I wanted to not only sound like them but also look like them. It’s safe to say my sound, style, and fashion sense are cohesive.
Being a music enthusiast that he is, Benny has developed a good habit of exploring different music genres with regards to style and music production. He is currently completing his degree in music with AFDA and states that he decided to study music because he believes in growth and constantly expanding his knowledge in whatever he does and music is his life.
Benny has worked alongside industry heavyweights such as DJ Qness, Afrikasoul, DJ Mlu, Bass Mdlongwa, Mrs Dippy among many others and has shared the stage with Stilo Magolide and Shane Eagle to name a few. Among some of his other accomplishments, he has performed a fully booked one man show with 150 seats in Nov, 2016. He was also featured on Mrs Dippy’s show on DSTV Channel 190 (ED) with Platinum selling rapper Emtee Da hustler.
Benny Afroe is currently single and not in an open relationship. Benny Afroe is also not married.
Benny Afroe’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $250, 000 – $1 million.
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