Out There Session – Poetry & Jazz hosted by Myesha Jenkins
Live at The Orbit
(Poetry and Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 90

Out There Sessions hosted by Myesha Jenkins at The Orbit are back! For our June edition of 2017, we have invited three incredibly talented, young poets; Flow Wellington, Tshepo Molefe and Xabiso Vili.

Xabiso Vili is a performer, writer, social activist and soul collaborator. His writings explore his inner world to relate to the outer world. He is the champion of multiple slams and poet of the year 2014/2015. Xabiso has been published in various anthologies and online. He has performed all over South Africa, in Scotland, UK, the U.S. and India. He strongly believes that art influences his community positively an is constantly working towards creating alternative stages for art to be shared. Xabiso also runs writing, performance and event organizing workshops through Scribe Rites a performance writing collective he co-founded that has produced other award-winning writers and performers. He released his album, “Eating My Skin”, created with Favela Ninjas. His one-man show “Black Boi Be” has travelled extensively to critical acclaim.

Having only started performing in 2015, Johannesburg based writer, poet and spoken word artist, Tshepo Molefe, has won the May 2016 Current State of Poetry Open Slam, February 2017 edition of WordnSound, and being a finalist at the 2015 Drama for Life Lover + Another Poetry Slam. Molefe has also being on various stages such as the opening of Drama for Life Sex Actually Festival, being one of the main act of When Poetry hits the Fan, directed by Bobby Gordon, and the May 2016 edition of Ram Jam. Molefe has also been featured on the online Pan African poetry website, Badilisha Poetry.

Selome Payne, better known as Flow, is an author, poet and publisher formerly from Port Elizabeth and now a proud Jo’burger. Her journey with poetry began at the age of 12, publishing in numerous local and international anthologies.

She has a collection of poetry published in 2011 called The Undelivered Score and currently working on a new book of poems and stories called Gau-Trained: a retrospective look on how Gauteng has influenced her life. Flow was also one of the founding curators of Eastern Cape Book Festival.

Flow describes her relationship with her writing as her greatest love; personifying Poetry as her universal, higher power from which she draws all strength and energy. She lives by one simple philosophy: we are greater than our biggest dream, and infinite are the capabilities of our minds.

Bokani Dyer – piano
Steve Dyer – tenor sax

Mkizwana Ensemble
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Mkizwana Ensemble presents a new concept with strings, harp and vocalists expanding the group to a 14 piece ensemble.

The ensemble will be playing dynamic works from composers within the group – new fresh music. They will also perform music from their debut album ‘African Skies’ and unreleased songs that will feature on their second Album.

Viwe Mkizwana – bass
Thandi Ntuli – piano
Lungile Kunene – drums
Spha Mdlalose – vocals
Malusi Masia – alto sax
Ntsikelelo Mcwabe – trumpet
Lebo Mabe – trombone
Tsepo Pooe – cello
Neo Phambuka – cello
Lebogaang Ledwaba – violin
Kabelo Monnathebe – violin
Sipho Sibiya – viola
Sophie Ribstein – harp

Read more about Viwe Mkizwana

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

Thursday 22nd June 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Lagos 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.

Femi Koya – tenor sax
Dr Felix – flugelhorn
Peter Shishe – trumpet
Peter Daniyan – trombone

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

Read more about Femi Koya

Two Sides One Mirror Album Launch
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 23rd June 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Reflections of the past not determining, but inspiring the future.

This group aims to execute one’s inner freedom with the idea of collectively healing all wounds. Music being an expressive medium, through these melodies we get to remember and celebrate our cultural and social events of the past as we feed from our rich heritage.

“To know where we are going we need to know where we come from.”

Through sound and silence, we are able to tell untold stories of our forefathers and also revisit what has been said traveling towards the unknown.

Linda Sikhakhane – tenor sax
Sanele Phakathi – piano
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
El Hadji Ndong – percussion
Special Guest: Omagugu Makhathini – vocals

This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA.

Read more about Linda Sikhakhane

En Fuego – The Orbit’s Salsa Band
Live at The Orbit!

Saturday 24th June 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

“En Fuego” is inspired by the dynamic New York style Latino sounds. This Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble bases its repertoire from some of the favorite Salseros including (but not limited to) The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan.

This is an international ensemble and the artists of “En Fuego” have performed globally with The Afro-Cuban All Stars, James Brown, Incognito, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bebo Valdes, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Lionel Richie, Maceo Parker, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Eddie Palmieri, Frank Sinatra Jr, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Judith Sephuma, Sibongile Khumalo, Feya Faku, Andrea Bocelli, Claudio Roditi, Freshly Ground, among many others.

Musical Directors: David Sendef and Thomas Dyani.

Neil Engel – trumpet
Cesar Hurtado – Vocals, perussion
Marcio Houediji – Vocals
Bongeka “ Sweetness” Mkhize – vocals
Riaan van Rensburg – Timbales
El Hadiji nDong – Congas
Jason Green – Bass
Dave Cousins – keyboard
Dan Selsick – trombone
Janus van der Merwe – saxes

Read more about En Fuego 

Window Sessions
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Sunday 25th June 2017 – 17 h 00 – Free

It’s that time of the week again where we gather over some music with the Window Sessions hosted by Banda Banda. As always, we kick off at 17h00.

Music, Food, Wine & Fire! A relaxed environment featuring different musicians every week with many coming to join this jam session… So bring your instrument, your voice or just come and relax.

Entrance for all is totally free.

Read more about Banda Banda