Science & Cocktails with Jazz 
Live at The Orbit! 
Scientific presentation followed by SA Jazz

Tuesday 19th June 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 20

BUGS FOR BREAKFAST?

What role can insects play in feeding a growing population and meeting the global demand for animal feed? Are they safe to eat? Even after being used to break down waste? Is insect-derived protein more environmentally friendly than other options?

And will we be able to order McMaggot burgers in our local restaurants soon?

The potential benefits of insects all across the food chain are gradually being recognised. Insects can be used to break down waste, ensuring that less of it ends up in landfills with their associated problems such as greenhouse gas emissions, ground and surface water contamination and transmission of diseases. The same insects can then be fed to animals, which will, in turn, be consumed by humans. The waste produced can be fed back to insects, closing the cycle in a highly efficient way.

And edible insects, long a feature of traditional food markets, are increasingly being thought of as an environmentally friendly – as well as commercially viable – source of protein for direct human consumption.

In tonight’s session of Science & Cocktails, Elsje Pieterse will discuss the value of insects for breaking down waste and producing feed as well as food. She will review which species have already been tested for these purposes, what the results are so far, and what products have been developed.

Dr Pieterse will then move on to her current and planned research on insect-derived “natural antibiotics”, enzymes for healing diabetic ulcers, antiviral effects (which may play a role in fighting avian influenza) – and even the possible use of certain species for disinfection of botulism and anthrax-contaminated carcasses.

Afterwards, smoky bug-repelling cocktails at the bar while Flex (Of He & I) explore the marriage of music and poetry through stories from the Mother Continent.


Zethe: Qhawekazi EP Launch 
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Wednesday 20th June 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 120

On 20 June, Season 1 Vodacom NXT LVL winner, Zethe, will be launching her debut EP “Qhawekazi”.

The offering, which is mostly written and sung in isiZulu, was inspired by the need to inspire, celebrate, and encourage women.

The Afro-Soul/Jazz sensation promises to offer an electrifying performance and appearances by a few other female vocalists.

Zethe – vocals
Brian Baloyi – bass
Khutso Lubelo – piano
Fundile Dlamini – drums

Read more about Zethe



Tlale Makhene presents JazzGum 
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SWA/SA Jazz

Thursday 21st June 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 150

JazzGum is the brainchild of master percussionist, Tlale Makhene.

The idea is born out of two genres; Bubblegum music of the 80s and jazz.

JazzGum pays tribute to the genre (bubblegum), and the music speaks to the evolution of a nation and the ever-kinetic South Afircan culture.

Tlale Makhene – percussion & vocals
Nono Sibisi – vocals
Sibusiso Sibanyoni – bass
Thandi Ntuli – keys
Nathi Shongwe – keys
Mthunzi Mvubu – sax & flutes
Dan Selsick – trombone & evi
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums

Read more about Tlale Makhene



ZAR Jazz Orchestra 
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Friday 22nd June 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 150

ZAR Jazz Orchestra will be performing and recording their second album during two exclusive shows at The Orbit!

The big band will feature some new arrangements – penned by musical director Marcus Wyatt – as well as some very special guests (including trumpet legend Feya Faku and rising star Zoë Modiga) and, of course, some of the very best musicians South Africa has to offer! They will also be recording a new album, so come and be a part of this magical process with some of South Africa’s hippest musicians.

Big bands have become scarce ensembles in Johannesburg and, thus, this weekend promises to be a unique and rare event on the jazz calendar!

Bokani Dyer – piano
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Marlon Witboii – drums
Aldirt du Toit – guitar

Marcus Wyatt – trumpet (MD)
Sydney Mavundla – trumpet
Adam Howard – trumpet
Neil Engel – trumpet

Bez Roberts – trombone
Justin Sasman – trombone
Siya Charles – trombone
Alex Hitzeroth – trombone

Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor sax
Justin Bellairs – alto sax
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax
Janus van der Merwe – baritone sax

This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA.

Read more about ZAR Jazz Orchestra


ZAR Jazz Orchestra 
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Saturday 23rd June 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 150

ZAR Jazz Orchestra will be performing and recording their second album during two exclusive shows at The Orbit!

The big band will feature some new arrangements – penned by musical director Marcus Wyatt – as well as some very special guests (including trumpet legend Feya Faku and rising star Zoë Modiga) and, of course, some of the very best musicians South Africa has to offer! They will also be recording a new album, so come and be a part of this magical process with some of South Africa’s hippest musicians.

Big bands have become scarce ensembles in Johannesburg and, thus, this weekend promises to be a unique and rare event on the jazz calendar!

Bokani Dyer – piano
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Marlon Witboii – drums
Aldirt du Toit – guitar

Marcus Wyatt – trumpet (MD)
Sydney Mavundla – trumpet
Adam Howard – trumpet
Neil Engel – trumpet

Bez Roberts – trombone
Justin Sasman – trombone
Siya Charles – trombone
Alex Hitzeroth – trombone

Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor sax
Justin Bellairs – alto sax
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax
Janus van der Merwe – baritone sax

This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA.

Read more about ZAR Jazz Orchestra