The Orbit Big Band
Live at The Orbit!

Tuesday 16th of September 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 100


The Orbit Big Band will be exploring the sonic and rhythmical landscapes of South African jazz greats, The Blue Notes, arranged by trumpeter, composer and arranger Marcus Wyatt. This month the Big Band will also feature all of the members from The Blue Notes Tribute Orchestra led by Marcus Wyatt. It is an honor and privilege for The Orbit Big Band to perform the music of such an iconic South African Jazz band, and sets us in an exciting new musical direction, where we delve even deeper into the rich history and promising future of South African music.

Mtunzi Mvubu (BNTO)
Tshepo Tsotetsi
Sisonke Xonte
Janus van der Merwe (BNTO)
Justin Hollcraft

Marcus Wyatt (BNTO)
Dave Sendef
Sydney Mavundla
Lwanda Gogwana

Dan Selsick
Sia Makhuzeni (BNTO)
Speedy Kobak
Alex Hitzeroth

Andile Yenana (BNTO)
Ayanda Sikade (BNTO)
Thembikosi Mavembela (BNTO)
Tlale Makhene

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Unofficial Language
Live at The Orbit!
Feat. Paul Hanmer, Ian Herman & Peter Sklair

Wednesday 17th of September 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Unofficial Language . On the 17th September 2014, Unofficial Language will re-unite for a gig a the Orbit. Comprising Paul Hanmer(piano), Pete Sklair (bass) and Ian Herman (drums), this group released two groundbreaking albums in the 1990’s :- ‘Primal Steps’ and ‘Move Moves’. With Ian Herman’s move to America it is a rare event for them to get a chance to play together. Expect exciting and beautiful music.

Paul Hanmer (Piano)
Peter Sklair (Bass)
Ian Herman (Drums)‎

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Wandile Molefe Quintet
Live at The Orbit!

Thursday 18th of September 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 100


Wandile Molefe Quintet is newly formed band comprising of Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Piano, Upright Bass and Drums. The members of the quintet are Wandile Molefe – Pianist, Bandleader, Composer and Arranger; Thembinkosi Mavmbela – Upright Bass, Sphelelo Mazibuko – Drums, Nhlanhla Mahlangu – Tenor Saxophone and Sibusiso Mkhize – Trumpet.

Each of the musicians has had formal and informal training in music. The music the band comes from the traditions of South African and also influences of African music. Most compositions performed by the band are composed by Wandile Molefe and some from the band members. The music performed is original. With three of its members originating from KwaZulu Natal one can only speculate the strong influence of Zulu music. Other originating from Mpumalanga and Gauteng there is also strong diversity within the individuals and comes out easily within the music, as contrasting colours form a beautiful artwork so is this combo.

Thembinkosi Mavimbela (Bass)
Nhlanhla Mahlangu (Saxophone)
Wandile Molefe (Piano)
Sibusiso Mkhize (Trumpet)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)

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Sibongile Mngoma
Live at The Orbit!
“When Opera meets Jazz”

Friday 19th of September 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 150


Born in Soweto, Sibongile Mngoma was described, as a ‘natural diva’. Schooled in kwa-Zulu Natal, she completed a BA degree at the University of Cape Town, and went on to study honours in Drama in Education. Sibongile Mngoma also studied opera at the UCT College of Music and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy, where she was awarded top honours. She was one the finalists in the Rolex Foundation Mentor\Protege programme for 2004\2005 with Jessey Norman. She has performed in all the major opera houses in South Africa with most major orchestras.

Sibongile Mngoma (Vocals)
Llewellyn George (Piano)
Kenny Williams (Drums)
Edwin Steyn (Bass)

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Hlulani Hlangwane Sextet
Live at The Orbit!

Saturday 20th of September 2014 – 20 h 30 – R 100


Hlulani Hlangwane is a South African born Jazz singer with a uniquely distinctive voice. Her tone places her squarely in the field of classic jazz divas and her Tsonga heritage gives her a creative and competitive edge among other jazz singers. Hlulani spent her entire schooling years at the prestigious National School of The Arts (NSA) in Johannesburg; a school whose focus is primarily arts based and then completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Music at UCT in 2008.
2008 was a milestone in Hlulani’s career as she was selected best vocalist of the year by the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band for the year. The Standard National Youth Jazz Band experience took her to the next step in her career where she shared the stage with world renowned musicians such as RnB American singer Joe, The Spinners, Judith Sephuma, Jimmy Dludlu, and Hugh Masekela.

Hlulani Hlangwane (Vocals)
Nduduzo Makhathini (Piano)
Ayanda Sikade (Drums)
Thembinkhosi Mavimbela (Bass)
Lwanda Gogwana (Trumpet)
Sisonke Xonti (Saxophone)

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Tu Nokwe & Habida
Live at The Orbit!
Fundraiser for Doctors without Borders (MSF)

Sunday 21st of September 2014 – 16 h 00 – R 100


Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters in more than 60 countries around the world. In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize. MSF is currently leading the medical response, with the World Health Organisation, to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This September MSF and The Orbit Jazz Club will be hosting a fundraising event in Braamfontein, Johannesburg to raise funds and awareness in support of MSF’s work around the world. The Orbit, which opened this year, has rapidly become one of South Africa’s premier jazz venues. The club celebrates and aims to revive the rich and dynamic history of jazz music in Johannesburg.

The event will include performances by top South African artist, Tu Nokwe, and Kenyan singer, Habida, and will be hosted by Maps Maponyane. It will also include presentations from South African MSF fieldworkers, who will talk about their experience of working with MSF and will launch MSF South Africa’s brand new #ToughDecisions campaign.

To RSVP and for more information contact Claire Hawkridge on 011 403 4440 or email

We look forward to seeing you