Sun Xa Experiment: Umculo Umuthi    
Live at The Orbit! 
Contemporary SA Jazz

Tuesday 17th July 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 100

We’re all in for a warm evening with nothing but refreshing, spiritual music with ancestral sounds and messages.

Sun Xa Experiment simply means that The Sun is Out, and the band will bring nothing but good energies and vibrations through music as a communication with ancestors. The group will be navigating identity, what they stand for, and the future – hence “Umculo Umuthi” which, when loosely translated, means “music is medicine”.

Buyisiwe Njoko – lead vocals, whistles, egg shaker, vuvuzela & masengane
Tebogo Mkhize – acoustic guitar
Lerato Seitei – electric guitar
Karolo More – backing vocals, triangle & shadow dance
Benedict Watte – percussions, djembe drums, vuvuzela & self-built percussions
Musa Zwane – bass & whistles
Siphiwe Mgidi – drums & additional vocals

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Brend Mtambo
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 150

Sama and Safta nominee, Brenda Mtambo, has released two albums; Inspired and So Much More and has performed on various stages around South Africa. She is influenced by African music and musicians such as Busi Mhlongo. Her music is a fusion of jazz and soul music. With this upcoming performance at The Orbit, Brenda seeks to perform music in its realest and rawest form.

“I am excited to have bab’uVictor Masondo be part of this experience with me,” says Brenda.

Brenda Mtambo – vocals
Josh J Star – piano
Victor Masondo – upright bass
Michael Asiimwe – drums



Langa Mavuso: Peace Piece  
Live at The Orbit!
Soul

Thursday 19th July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 120 

“When I first began to study jazz I felt completely out of place. The rules and traditions overwhelming because my initial interest came from the freeness and experimental nature of the genre. Miles Davis was always a huge musical hero of mine and, through that, I discovered Bill Evans whose song, Peace Piece, has inspired the night we will be having on 19 July at The Orbit.

“Peace Piece is about finding the quiet in the music, but also about the space to be boldly expressive. When we are faced with toil and turmoil we often get lost in the chaos of it all. This is peace for that quiet. Peace made through the noise. The band for the evening will consist of musicians from Pretoria and myself, Langa, a soul and modern blues musician.” –  Langa Mavuso

Ndumiso Magida – 1st keys
Mphathi Mrubata – 2nd keys
Teddy Khubeka – drums
Life Mavuso – lead guitar
Ulungile Mtshweni – bass
Onesimo Ndinisa – backing vocals
Cyril Ntsibande – backing vocals

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Kyle Shepherd Quintet     
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Friday 20th July 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 160

The Kyle Shepherd Quintet features some of the most exciting, young musicians on the South African Jazz scene today, with Shepherd on piano, Lwanda Gogwana on trumpet, Sisonke Xonti on tenor sax, Benjamin Jephta on bass & Marlon Witbooi on drums.

In this, their third visit to the Orbit, audiences can expect to hear the band perform material from Shepherd’s evocative repertoire of recorded and new unreleased compositions which sees them blend their profound respect for their traditional roots with inventive arrangements that are always fresh and forward thinking!

Shepherd has released seven critically-acclaimed albums, namely, Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa – SWR New Jazz Meeting 2016 (featuring, inter alia, Lionel Loueke), Noem My Skollie (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Dream State, Into Darkness, South African History !X, A Portrait of Home and fineART.

The award-winning virtuoso pianist, is the recipient of the 2018 South African Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018, hosted by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), for Best Musical Composition for his composition, Noem My Skollie, the coveted UNISA National Piano Competition Award [2015] as well as the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award [2014] in the Jazz Category.

Kyle Shepherd – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Marlon Witbooi – drums
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet

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Kyle Shepherd Quintet    
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Saturday  21st July 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 160

The Kyle Shepherd Quintet features some of the most exciting, young musicians on the South African Jazz scene today, with Shepherd on piano, Lwanda Gogwana on trumpet, Sisonke Xonti on tenor sax, Benjamin Jephta on bass & Marlon Witbooi on drums.

In this, their third visit to the Orbit, audiences can expect to hear the band perform material from Shepherd’s evocative repertoire of recorded and new unreleased compositions which sees them blend their profound respect for their traditional roots with inventive arrangements that are always fresh and forward thinking!

Shepherd has released seven critically-acclaimed albums, namely, Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa – SWR New Jazz Meeting 2016 (featuring, inter alia, Lionel Loueke), Noem My Skollie (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Dream State, Into Darkness, South African History !X, A Portrait of Home and fineART.

The award-winning virtuoso pianist, is the recipient of the 2018 South African Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018, hosted by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), for Best Musical Composition for his composition, Noem My Skollie, the coveted UNISA National Piano Competition Award [2015] as well as the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award [2014] in the Jazz Category.

Kyle Shepherd – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Marlon Witbooi – drums
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet

Read more about Kyle Shepherd