Sibusiso Mashiloane “Amanz’Olwandle” Album Launch
Live at The Orbit!

(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 21st February 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 100

Sibusiso MashiloaneSibusiso Mashiloane is a hard working, young, pianist from Durban who has graced a number of South African contemporary jazz albums. A former Samro Overseas Scholarship Competition finalist, Sibusiso has worked with many of South Africa’s established musicians such as Nduduzo Makhathini, Thandiswa Mazwai, Mbuso Khoza, Tlale Makhene, and Zakes Bantwini to name a few.

While he has performed at notable venues and events such as Smalls, and the Essence Jazz Festival in the USA, this will be his first performance at The Orbit as band leader. Sibusiso’s Orbit debut also coincides with the launch of his album “Amanz’Olwandle”. It with pride and pleasure that The Orbit presents to you the Sibusiso Mashiloane “Amanz’Olwandle” Album Launch

“My record to be launched is an accrual and reflection of every music experience I have accumulated throughout my upbringing and music career. It is a melting pot of fresh instrumental and vocal pieces that ooze with bold Afrocentric and contemporary rhythms, sweet melodies and soulful harmonies. This record is a must for anyone who appreciates African, spiritual, soul, jazz, funk, lounge even sophisticated house music,” says Mashiloane.

This performance is presented with the support of Concerts SA

Sibusiso Mashiloane – piano
Nick Pitman – guitar
Dalisu Ndlazi – bass
Riley Giandhari – drums
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor sax
Zoetheseed -vocals

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Sisonke Xonti Plays Lagunya
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Sisonke Xonti Plays LagunyaSisonke Xonti is one of our most prolific young talents on the tenor sax, so much so that he’s managed to grab the attention of hard-to-please veteran Blue Notes Drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo.

While his technical prowess is something to behold, Xonti’s emotionally charged style is what gives him the ability to flip a song on its head and to (unintentionally at times) take music to new realms.

For Wednesday, Sisonke has dug deep in his arsenal to pay tribute to the people of Cape Town’s townships; Langa, Gugulethu, and Nyanga. Collectively, the legendary reedman Bra Winston Mankunku Ngozi affectionately referred to these important sites of Cape Town black culture as “LAGUNYA”. Being a saxophonist who grew up in Khayelitsha, spending weekends KwaLanga, with paternal relatives in Gugulethu, it was inevitable that Xonti would one day play his own version of “LAGUNYA”.

“Whilst growing up in Khayelitsha, I used to spend my weekends KwaLanga. Langa has a rich musical culture, and this is where my love for the music of Bra Winston Mankunku developed. When we were playing on the streets, neighbours would be blasting the albums YAKHAL’INKOMO and JIKA on their HI-FI systems, bands would be rehearsing, gumboot dancers would be stomping away, and church choirs would sing us sweet melodies,” reminisces Xonti.

Join us this Wednesday as Sisonke Xonti pays tribute to these memories and people through the music of a son of LAGUNYA, Bra Mankunku. Come one, come all!

Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Yonela Mnana – piano
Amaeshi Ikechi – bass
Tumi Mogorosi – drums
Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet
Percy Mabandu – spoken word

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Femi Koya’s Afrobeat Band
Live at The Orbit!
(Tribute To Fela Kuti)

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Femi Koya's Afrobeat BandLagos Afrobeat and Highlife is back at The Orbit, as we celebrate Fela Kuti with Femi Koya’s Afrobeat band. Femi and the band will be revisiting the legacy of the king of Afrobeat for the night.

The nine-piece Pan African Afrobeat band will bring down the house at The Orbit with Fela classics like Zombie, Shakara, Sorrow Tears And Blood, Lady, No Agreements, etc. Femi will also be playing his Afrobeat tunes from his latest album Iba which promises to light up the night.

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Femi Koya – tenor sax
Dr Felix – flugelhorn
Saxokay – saxes
Peter Daniyan – trombone

Maxwell Baloyi – keys and piano
Gali Ngobeni – bass
Karo Ndoite – guitar
Seun Adibari – drums
Oyedele Segun – talking drums

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The Mrubata-Hauser Project
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA/Swiss Jazz

Friday 24th February 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 180

The Mrubata-Hauser ProjectThe Mrubata-Hauser Project, a one of its kind meeting between two saxophone masters, Mark Hauser and McCoy Mrubata, is set to shake up The Orbit this Saturday.

The two multiple award-winning reedmen met during Mrubata ‘s residency at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2000, they kept in contact over the years and had a common dream to one day initiate a live-project fusing European and African jazz.

After some time, they are finally ready to enrapture South African audiences with their exceptional brand of jazz, creating unique
performances not easily experienced anywhere else.

Blending and exploring their diverse musical experiences that are representative of the varied nature of the genre, they will deliver sonic bliss while creating new layers of the jazz landscape.

Mark Hauser – alto & soprano sax
McCoy Mrubata – tenor sax, flute
Paul Hanmer – piano
Thembinkosi Mavimbela – bass
Bernice Boikanyo – drums

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Nhlanhla Mahlangu’s DaniMali
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 25th February 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Nhlanhla Mahlangu's DaniMaliDaniMali is a body of multi-discipline art work (with music as the primary art form) that Nhlanhla Mahlangu has been working on since 2013 in an effort to narrate the complexities of what it means to be a young black South African in “the new South Africa”.

“As we find ourselves in an all-inclusive descriptive phrase ‘the rainbow nation’, I have found that it is of utmost importance for us (as a nation) to be able to identify ourselves as fragments of the whole first. Thus describing what it means to be black and dealing with the factors that only affect smaller groups of people first. It is only beyond this point that we can start dealing with the whole idea of an all-inclusive culture of the rainbow. This work talks to the idea of identity crisis that we are facing in recent times (resolving the idea of a lost generation),” explains Mahlangu.

This performance is presented with the support of Concerts SA

Nhlanhla Mahlangu – alto sax
Sthembiso Bhengu – trumpet
Keenan Ahrends – guitar
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Lungile Kunene – drums
Sanele Phakathi – piano
Ntsiki Mqaba – vocals

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Duo Interzones
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary Swiss Jazz)

Sunday 26th February 2017 – 18 h 00 – R 130

Duo InterzonesWhen vocalist / composer Franziska Baumann and pianist / composer Christoph Baumann play music together the borders between Composed and Improvised Music, between imaginary sound realms and jazz inspired improvisation blur. On top of a delicately woven use of different styles with the sonic expansion through live electronics, songs and composed fragments they create a very own language beyond crossover.

The musical inventions breathe with vocal & percussive actions, songs, rhythm pulses, rough sound eruptions and chambermusic sequences, strong melody clips and unorthodox sounds. Driven by this high energetic mixture it is not only a meeting between two musicians who have explored voice and piano as multi-faceted instruments expanding traditional boundaries, it is also a meeting between two composers in the field of contemporary music, performance, interdisciplinary projects and current forms of jazz.

With unique bass player / composer Carlo Mombelli they unifiy in the second set as a Trio. As sought-after artists in diverse ensembles and exceptional projects all over the world they distille these impressions of their travels in highly fascinating sound and outstanding virtuosity.

This performance is presented with the support of Prohelvetia

Franziska Baumann – vocals & sensor glove electronics
Christoph Baumann – piano
Carlo Mombelli – bass

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