Comedy & Jazz Night at the Orbit with funny men Loyiso Gola, Robbie Collins, and Alfred Adriaan. Host Kagiso Lediga & The Luyanda Madope Quartet
Live at The Orbit!
(Stand Up Comedy & Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 24th January 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Comedy&Jazz - January24This Tuesday, January 24, we present our first Comedy and Jazz night for 2017 with Kagiso Lediga hosting, bringing you hilarious comedians, Joey Rasdien, Tats Nkonzo, and Roni Modimola.

Joey Rasdien is the face of a new generation of South African comedy. He is instantly recognisable thanks to his roles in movies such as Running Riot Bunny Chow, Vaatjie Seen Sy Gat, Dollars and White Pipes, Outrageous Blitz Patrollie and Material with Riaad Moosa. Joey wrote, co-produce and acted in his own sitcom, “Rasdien”, which was flighted on SABC 2. In addition, Rasien has performed in many major comedy festivals in South Africa and is a regular on the comedy circuit at the country’s leading venues. He also starred in the popular Last Laugh at The Lyric and The Pure Monate Show on SABC 1. Joey has also performed at prestigious comedy venue “Yuk Yuks” in Toronto.

With his arsenal of humor, intellect and a guitar, Tats Nkonzo is an unrivaled comedic entertainer, be it on stage or television, and a multi-award winning comedian. In 2014, up against comedians from the United States of America and the United Kingdom, Tats Nkonzo was selected to compete in Switzerland where he took top honors. He won the competition, and was subsequently signed to be managed by one of Europe’s biggest comedy producers, Mick Perrin. In 2015, fresh from his UK debut with sold out shows in Edinburgh, he was also a Comic of the Year nominee.

Roni Modimola has been involved with stand-up comedy since the late 90s, and has matured a style of comedy that knows no boundaries. He uses his quiet charm. philosophical views, silly word-plays, and good old-fashioned gags to win over any type of crowd. Known for his dry, but witty, comedy style, Roni has been one of South Africa’s favourite comics for years. He first got introduced to the nation through a character he played on SABC 1’s widely popular comedy sketch show, The Pure Monate Show. Roni does not shy away from bringing into his act something that has nothing to do with anything and still keeps the audience glued to his set.

Kagiso Lediga is a South African stand-up comedian, actor and director. He has written and directed noteworthy television comedies including the cult classic the Pure Monate Show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, and the Bantu Hour.[1] He has played starring roles in the films Bunny Chow, and Wonder Boy for President.[2] Smaller roles include featuring in Die Antwoord‘s music video for Fatty Boom Boom as “Dr Kagiso, Dentist + Gynaechologist”, who pulls a parktown prawn out of a Lady Gaga impersonator’s vagina.

Great laughter and superb music guaranteed!

Luyanda Madope – piano/keyboard
Billy Monama – guitar
Sipho Mabena – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums

JazzAfrika Legacy Sessions – Composers Spotlight with Bokani Dyer
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary & Legacy SA Jazz)

Wednesday 25th January 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 100 

JazzAfrika_legacyJazzAfrika is a Dyertribe music initiative conceived by Bokani & Steve Dyer. Its aim is to stimulate, promote and preserve the African Jazz tradition through a variety of projects.

A big part of the initiative is preservation of a unique heritage – celebrating the work and paying homage to artists who are leading figures in the shaping of the South African Jazz idiom.

The Orbit Jazz club will come alive with the JazzAfrika Legacy Sessions on December 14th 2016 when we will celebrate the music of great SA composers.

Curated by Bokani Dyer, one of the primary motivations behind this concept is to inculcate the works of great SA composers into the musical lexicon of the modern-day musicians – the torch-bearers jazz traditions in Africa.

“Jazzafrika” will make scores and recordings of the music to be performed on the night available to any interested musicians, and all are welcome to participate in a second set jam.

This initiative aims to increase the knowledge of South African repertoire as a way of strengthening the tradition in future, and gaining a deeper understanding of where the music originates.

Band line up:

Bokani Dyer – piano
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums
Nhlanhla Mahlangu – alto sax

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

Thursday 26th January 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Femi Koya's Afrobeat_BandLagos 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.

Horn Players
Femi Koya – tenor sax
Dr Felix – flugelhorn
Saxokay – saxes
Peter Daniyan – trombone

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

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Ancient Agents
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Contemporary Jazz)

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th January 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Ancient Agents_January 27&28Ancient Agents is an instrumental interplay between world-class musicians that crosses genres, borders and time signatures.

This local-international collaboration brings together four multi-instrumentalists – an innovative lead guitarist, a melody-driven bassist and two intuitive, dexterous percussionists whose instruments range from Arabic to Indian and North African.

Ancient Agents invite you on a musical journey of ancient sounds telling a modern tale.

Reza Khota – guitar
Ronan Skillen – tabla, hybrid percussion kit, didgeridoo
Schalk Joubert – bass
Fredrik Gille – riq, frame drum, cajon

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