Viwo Kulati: Love In All Its Forms
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Tuesday 16th January – 20h 00 – R 100

Leading up to February, the month of love, The Orbit brings you a performance that seeks to express love in all its forms – that from a higher power, the love of music, family, a significant other, or simply self-love.

Wise beyond her years, vocalist Viwo Kulati leads a quintet to explore the many manifestations of love. She will be joined by talented Musa Yende, who is one of the 2017 winners of Lindelani Mkhize’s ignite competition.

Expect a night of a mixture of very introspective, original compositions by Kulati, some favourites amongst South African standards, as well as a bit of gospel according to jazz.

Viwo Kulati – vocals
Musa Yende – vocals
Siyakha Khitha – vocals
Joshua Mokoena – piano & keys
Angus Hardcastle – bass
Ndumiso Tshabalala – vocals

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Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band
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Contemporary SA Jazz

Wednesday 17th January – 20h 00 – R 100
Thursday 18th January – 20 h 30 – R 100

With eight talented young musicians from Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, this is a band of young artists that made the selection for the 2017 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band. The band is a collective of talented upcoming musicians who show consistent growth.

“Being in the National Band for the third time in a row was humbling, but getting the opportunity to perform our own original music at the festival was an honor and an experience I will not forget. The brothers are such beautiful musicians and composers, and I feel we need to take this music to the rest of South Africa. Hopefully, after the National Tour we will be able to obtain funds and record an album. This in turn I hope will inspire the National bands that will come after us to take the National Band to bigger platforms.” Dalisu Ndlazi
The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band’s music is a blend of modern sounds with influences representative of the different parts of South Africa from which the musicians come. Each musician has selected a composition which they feel reflects their journey, sound, and talent.

The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band has performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and at Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg.

Dalisu Ndlazi – bass
Nick Pitman – guitar
Zibusiso Makhathini – piano
Muneeb Hermans – trumpet
Daniel Van Der Walt – vocals
Tshiamo Nkoane – drums
Thami Mahlangu – tenor sax
Godfrey Mntambo – alto sax

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Monologues In Song with Tu Nokwe
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Music

Friday 19th January 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 140

Winner of the British World Magazine’s ‘Best Release from Africa” award, Tu Nokwe is truly a proud African.

As she returns to The Orbit after a long absence, she comes off an adventurous, musical winter holiday in the USA.

“Uplifting the soul with loving, healing sounds” is how Nokwe describes that will feature on the night. She will fulfill her burning desire to explore a blend of old and new sounds with an unusual combination of brilliant musicians.

“I just want to sing and sing and sing for joy’s sake,” says Nokwe.

Under the mentorship of guitar legend, Bheki Khoza, and led by Nokwe on vocals and guitar, the performance will also feature surprise guests as the band celebrates the “selfless feminine energy on the planet”.

Tu Nokwe – vocals & guitar
Lindi Ngonelo – keys
Barney Bophela – 2nd keys
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums
Bongani Nkwanyana – bass
Bheki Khoza – guitar

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En Fuego – The Orbit’s Salsa Band
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Saturday 20th January 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.

DJ Sendef – trumpet
Cesar Hurtado – vocals
Marcio Houdeji – vocals
Bongeka Sweetness Gumede – vocals
Riaan van Rensburg – timbales
Hadji Ndong – congas
Paul Hanmer – keyboard
Jason Green – bass
Dan Selsick – trombone
Neil Engel – trumpet

Free dance lessons at 19h30 hosted by Baila Afrika.

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Window Sessions
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Open Mic Jam

Sunday 21st January 2017 – 17 h 00 – Free

We’re jamming with the music family again at the Window Sessions hosted by Banda Banda. We kick things off at 17h00 on the dot.

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.

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