The Orbit Big Band
Live at The Orbit!

Tuesday – 4 August 2015 – 20h30 – R120


The Orbit Big Band is going back into its library this month, and pulling out some classic era big band charts. There will be Basie and Thad, Buddy Rich, and more.
We’ll be joined by two special, and exceptionally gifted, guests for the evening – vocalists Siya Makhuzeni and Hannah Foster.
A South African legend, Siya Makuzeni is a professional trombone player, vocalist, lyricist, and songwriter. She regularly collaborates with A-list South African musicians such as Marcus Wyatt, Themba Mkhize, McCoy Mrubata, Feya Faku, Frank Opperman, Tlale Makhene, Khaya Mahlangu, Sibongile Khumalo, and many more. She is also the bandleader of her own rock band, Ippyfuze.
Siya picked up the trombone in 1997 while attending Stirling High School in East London. Thereafter she studied towards a BMus/BMusJazz at Rhodes University and at the Pretoria Technikon Music School. She has since toured and performed around the globe – most notably in Italy where she contributed as co-composer and lyric interpretor to the soundtrack of Forse Dio e Malato (Maybe God Is Ill).
A session musician and voice over artist when not performing live, Siya has also lent her songwriting skills to a few albums by various artists including Language 12’s « Language 12″,  » Maji Maji In The Land Of Milk And Honey » , Rudeboy Paul’s « Azanian Pulse Vol.2″, as well as vocal features in Tlale Makhene’s « The Ascension Of Enlightenment », Afrotraction’s « Soulfully Yours », Jack Hammer’s « The Pilgrim », and Frank Opperman’s « Let’s Be Frank ».

Hannah Foster is a talented songwriter, vocalist, and performer. As a jazz vocalist who studied at the Tshwane University of Technology, Hannah is able to perform varied styles such as soul, blues, funk, jazz, rock, folk, and sensible pop. She has been performing her music all around the country for the past five years. Hannah recently released her debut EP called “Ode To Time”, which is available on iTunes. She’s currently working as a professional vocalist and vocal coach in Johannesburg.

Tonight promises to be an exciting music extravaganza. See you in the music!

Janus van der Merwe (MD) what is « MD »?
Ceri Molwyn-Hughes
Justin Hollcraft
Tom Dancer
Peter Jaspan

Dave Sendef
Marcus Wyatt
Peter van der Poel
Sthe Bhengu

John Davies
Senzo Ngcobo
Justin Sassman

Rhythm Section
Stefan Lawrence
Ariel Zamonsky
Daniel de Wet
Alert Du Toit

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Sphelelo Mazibuko
Live at The Orbit!

Wednesday – 5 August 2015 – 20h30 – R120


The ever-smiling drummer, Sphelelo Mazibuko hails from Newcastle, in the KZN, where he was born into a family with generations of musical tradition. Sphelelo’s grandmother was a singer, his father was a singer and guitarist, and his siblings were also musicians. It’s no surprise, then, that music became second nature to the young Sphelelo.
At 14, he taught himself how to play the drums while at church. His hunger for growth in music led him to pursue formal studies towards a BA in Music and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009, which he completed in 2013.
To date Lelo, as he’s affectionately known, has performed and/or recorded as a drummer with many accomplished & respected South African artists, covering many musical genres such as jazz, gospel, R&B, afropop, pop, etc. This varied exposure has given Lelo a broader, versatile, and deeper experience towards becoming a Session Musician.

Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)
Tendai Shoxx Shoko (Bass)
Floyd Dlugwana (Keys & Organ)
Billy Monama (Guitar)
Nono Koane (Vocals)
Thando Mathebula (Piano & Keys)

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Lex Futshane Sextet
Live at The Orbit!

Thursday – 6 August 2015 – 20h30 – R120


The Lex Futshane Sextet is back on The Orbit stage on 6 August 2015. The band will be performing music from some of South Africa’s great composers, as well as music from Lex’s album titled « Innocent Victims and Perpetrators ».
Sam Mathe’s eloquent review of « Innocent Victims and Perpetrators » sums up the gist of the album:
« Don’t be fooled by the heavy, politically sounding title of this album. It is a work of art that offers memorable cheerful moments transported on world-class jazz sounds. Seasoned bass player, composer and music teacher, Lex Futshane, is a master at crafting exceptionally beautiful compositions within a celebrated and highly respected jazz tradition – in this case a brand of South African jazz that was inspired by his rich Xhosa folk heritage. Tracks like Do You Remember, Dri/Somagwaza, and Ngumakazi are classic examples of Afro-Jazz created in this tradition, while the likes of Iculo (A Song) give the album its cheerful, celebratory mood. It is the kind of jazz that commands the listener’s full
attention and faculties. »
Tonight’s musical conversation between Lex and The Orbit audience is surely something to look forward to.

Mthunzi Mvubu (Saxophone)
Siphiwe Shiburi (Drums)
Samora Ntsebeza (Percussions)
Yonela Mnana (Piano)
Lex Futshane (Bass)

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The Brother Moves On
Live at The Orbit!
Presenting Itai Hakim

Friday – 7 August 2015 – 20h30 – R120


The Brother Moves On presents Itai Hakim. The show will take you in orbit around something new while contemplating something old. The first set will be a showcasing of one of Jozi’s newest and hottest live acts « Itai Hakim ». And the second set will pay homage to artists who have influenced The Brother Moves On, like the late great Bra Zim Ngqawana, Thandiswa Mazwai, Tumi Molekane and The Kwani Experience.
Join us for what will be a scenic musical journey.

Ayanda Zalekile (Bass)
Simphiwe Tshabalala (Drums)
Zelizwe Mthembu (Guitar)
Siyabonga Mthembu (Voclas)
Molefious Kgware (Saxophone)
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Sisa Sopazi – A Jazz Soul
Tribute & Fundraiser Concert
Anchored by Lindiwe Maxolo

Saturday – 8 August 2015 – 20h30 – R150


Sisa Sopazi – A Jazz Soul. On Saturday August 8th 2015, Sisa Sopazi was due to perform at The Orbit including some new compositions soon to be released for a new album. Sisa left us abruptly in June of this year at the age of 35 after falling ill. The music fraternity nationally and in his home province of The Eastern Cape is still measuring the void he left behind. He is survived by his wife and 2 young children. Around vocalist and composer Lindiwe Maxolo, his friend and long term partner in music, The Orbit wishes to honor the very generous and talented musician and soul that he was, and his great contribution to SA music.

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Edith Klug Ensemble
Live at The Orbit!

Sunday – 9 August 2015 – 18h00 – R100


This ensemble was born about a year ago with the idea of combining vocals, guitar, bass & spoken word. It has now evolved into a brand new formation with Edith Klug on vocals, Roland Moses on piano, Marc Duby on bass, Peter Auret on drums, and Gerard Rudolf handling the spoken work. Tonight’s performance will be a combination of traditional standards and modern arrangements by Laurence Hobgood and Kurt Elling, with spoken word elements in the form of Gerard Rudolf’s poetry which was specifically written for this event.
Edith Klug is currently working on her second album, « Joburg Lullaby », which will include some of her own compositions and further collaboration with Gerard Rudolf.

Edith Klug (Vocals)
Marc Duby (Bass)
Peter Auret (Drums)
Gerard Rudolf (Spoken Word)
Roland Moses (Piano)

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