Muriel Marco ND Project
Live at The Orbit
(Argentinian African Jazz Fusion)

Tuesday 21st November 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 120

Argentinian singer, composer and keyboard player, Muriel Marco, will dazzle The Orbit on Tuesday, 21 November when she brings her EP to Johannesburg.

Known for her jazz and world musical styles, Marco is ready to impress with her latest offering; Muriel Marco – ND Project. The music is well-rooted in Marco’s Argentinian, Latin, African and Jazz background.

Having performed as part of international group, Tucan Tucan, as well as releasing her very own music, the Muriel Marco – ND Project sees Marco composing and playing music with no boundaries regarding genre and instrumentation.

From Tango to Maskandi, Swing to Chacarera, Mbaqanga to Toba lullaby, expect a vibrant, original project that will ensure a unique experience.

Muriel Marco – keys & vocals
Riley Giandhari – drums
Llewelyn Chetty – bass
Vivek Parshotam – tabla
Mxolisi Mdlalose – tenor sax

Read more about Muriel Marco


Lu Dlamini: Ulimilam
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 100

Ulimilam is a way of life, a lifestyle and an ongoing research of one’s journey whilst in hope of remembering one’s true origins.

Lu Dlamini, a musician born and based in KZN, performs a genre of music classified in the industry as World Music because of it being rooted in South African sounds. Her music is inspired by African Soul, ukuhlabelela, a natural bantu way of singing, with African-Jazz influences. It is a collaboration of Africa’s sounds in all its multi-cultural influences.

The infusion of a “one-string” bow (Umakhweyana) in her performances is as a result of a lifelong influence by family, especially her brothers who make and play their own instruments and are themselves prominent practitioners in the Arts.

“I strongly believe that exposure in life strengthens who you are. More advantage is displayed with early exposure to natural History, It strengthens possibilities of creating positive dreams for a child, it brings families and communities closer,” says Lu Dlamini.

Lu Dlamini – vocals & umakhweyana
Marius Botha – guitar
Barney Bophela – keys
Riley Giandari – drums
Ntobeko Shandu – bass

Read more about Lu Dlamini


The Groove Master & The Queens
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

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

Bernice “The Groove Master” Boikanyo is an international Afro-jazz Soul Drummer ‎with many accolades.

After a year’s absence, he returns to The Orbit with a gear change in the form of an all-woman band. For Bernice, this marks a milestone of recognising great female instrumentalists in South Africa. This is both an achievement and a dream come true for the drummer, as he’s been wanting to embark on a project of this kind since 2011.

The Groove Master as better known to many have been known playing with the McCoy Mrubata QuinteT, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Sibongile Khumalo, Ringo, Gerald Veasely, Caiphus Semenya & Letta Mbuli to mention a few.

For this performance at The Orbit, Bernice will be playing music from his debut album, My Soul, and new material that he has been preparing. This performance marks the beginning of Bernice’s tour which will begin in Tanzania.

Bernice Boikanyo – drums
Siya Makuzeni – trombone
Tessa Lilly – guitar
Lindi Ngonelo – piano
Tebogo Sedumedi – bass


Read more about Bernice Boikanyo


Andile Yenana Sextet Album Launch
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 24th November 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

“The live recording I am releasing was done over two nights at the birds eye jazz club in Basel. The Swiss / South African cultural exchanges have been in existence since 2004 and, through the African studies programme headed by Dr Veit Alt, South African jazz musicians get invited to tour and exchange, and share ideas with Swiss musicians.

This offering is as a result of that wonderful tour in Switzerland this past winter, during which I was in the company of fellow South Africans in jazz – namely Marcus Wyatt and Siyasanga Charles.

The road I’m taking in this record is one paved by the Jazz Epistles, and also more emphasising the freedom of melody and rhythm in driving the music. There’s just music to deal with; newness is just in our minds, it doesn’t exist especially with an art form like jazz where improvisation remains key. There are some old compositions and some new ones – the crux is the freedom to improvise and transcend.”

Andile Yenana – piano
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Siya Charles – trombone

Read more about Andile Yeyana


The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with Muntu Vilakazi
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJ)

Friday 24th November 2017 – 22 h 30 – R 50

It’s the last weekend before we can all say #KeDezembaBoss and to bid farewell to all good behavior, we’ve invited over a music geek of note this Friday, 24 November for The Orbit Vinyl Sessions.

Muntu Vilakazi is a documentary photographer, an ABSA L’atelier 2016 Top10 finalist, and recipient of the 2017 Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award.

With a career spanning over fifteen years, Vilakazi has worked for the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, and City Press from 2003 to 2015. He is currently freelancing and studying for a Master in Fine Arts degree at Wits.

Vilakazi describes his broad taste and diverse music collection as a result of growing up in a community and home that has a song for every mood and occasion. He’s one of the founding members of EvoLoxion (movement in Vosloorus), and became a resident DJ at the House of Nsako.

In 2009, at the age of 27, he became the youngest member of a jazz appreciation and collectors club called The Jazz Workshop in Vosloorus.

Muntu Vilakazi starts spinning at 22h230 downstairs at The Orbit. Before that, join us upstairs at 20h30 for a night with a national treasure, pianist Andile Yenana, as he launches his much-anticipated third album which was recorded live at The Bird’s Eye in Switzerland. Guests from the Andile Yenana Sextet’s album launch will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

Andile Yenana Sextet: Album Launch – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 150:
Andile Yenana – piano
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Siya Charles – trombone

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Downstairs – 22h30 – R 50:
Muntu Vilakazi

Read more about Muntu Vilakazi


The Orbit Vinyl Sessions Launch Party with Boeta Gee, Zara Julius & Kenzhero 
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJs)

Saturday 25th November 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 100

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions have been running for a while now and, just before the year ends and in time to savour the summer vibes, it is time to make it official.

On Saturday, 25 November 2017, we launch the religion of a weekly vinyl get down. To make sure we do it properly, we have invited some of the country’s hottest and most legendary music and vinyl heads; namely Boeta Gee, Zara Julius, and Kenzhero. These three names alone are nothing short of steaming hot, together they will surely bring the house down!

With The Orbit Vinyl Sessions we say we can dance to kwaito, hip hop, Afrobeat, broken beats, salsa, house, R&B and still be jazz – that you don’t have to be “purist” to be a true jazz lover. Jazz is everywhere.

Join us on Saturday, 25 November as we tip a hat to vinyl’s long-service to documenting the many histories of music, including jazz, and its influence across culture.

From December onwards all lovers of the good stuff will be found downstairs at The Orbit Vinyl Sessions every Friday.

Boeta Gee
Zara Julius
Kenzhero

Read more about Boeta Gee, Zara Julius, and Kenzhero


Window Sessions
Live at The Orbit!
(Open Mic Jam)

Sunday 26th November 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.

Read more about Banda Banda