Comedy & Jazz Night
Live at The Orbit
(Stand Up Comedy & Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 18th July 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Comedy Tuesdays are back, and The Orbit and our host Kagiso Lediga, are bringing the funnies once again!

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


Ndabo Zulu Sextet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 19th July 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

This is a band of young lions shining in their own respects in different parts of the world.

Leader, Ndabo Zulu is 2016’s winner of Norway’s “Jazz i sikte” competition. Last year Linda Sikhakhane, founder of H3, was announced as the winner of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship. Keenan Ahrends is one of the country’s most sought-after guitarists, a Samro Overseas Scholarship semi-finalist, and he has played with greats such as Herbie Tsoaeli and Carlo Mombelli.

Pianist Sanele Phakathi has graced many contemporary jazz albums. On bass, the band is joined by 2017’s Standard Bank Young Artist Of The Year for Jazz, Benjamin Jephta. In the engine room will be Sonor drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko.

Ndabo Zulu – trumpet
Linda Sikhakhane – saxophones
Keenan Ahrends – guitar
Sanele Phakathi – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums

This performance is presented in association with Once In Joburg.

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McCoy Mrubata Quintet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Thursday 20th July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Renowned saxophonist, McCoy Mrubata, returns to The Orbit with an exciting quintet consisting of his long-term colleague Jabu Magubane on trombone, Thembinkosi Mavimbela on double bass, Bernice Boikanyo on drums, and Wandile Molefe on piano who will be playing Mrubata’s music for the first time.

Audiences can expect to hear some of their favourites from McCoy’s albums, as well as some new material expected to form part of an upcoming album.
This new material varies in style; delving into the Westen Cape sound influence, fast swing jazz, and deep traditional isiXhosa inspired tunes.

This is not a night to miss.

McCoy Mrubata – tenor sax
Thembinkosi Mavimbela – bass
Bernice Boikanyo – drums
Wandile Molefe – piano
Jabu Magubane – trombone

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Lex Futshane & The LEXtet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 21st July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Lex Futshane & The LEXtet will be playing music from some of the great jazz composers who paved the way for South Africa’s musical journey – some new music and music from his album titled “Innocent Victims and Perpetrators”.

“Don’t be fooled by the heavy, politically sounding title of the album. It is a work of art that offers memorable cheerful moments transported on world-class jazz sounds. Seasoned bass player Lex Futshane is a master at creating exceptionally beautiful compositions within a celebrated and highly respected jazz tradition – in this case a brand of South African jazz that is inspired by his, rich Xhosa folk heritage. Tracks like Do you remember Dri/Somagwaza and ngu Makazi are classic examples of Afro-Jazz created in this tradition while the likes of Iculo (A Song) offers the album its cheerful, celebratory mood. It is the kind of jazz that commands the listener’s full attention and faculties” – Sam Mathe

Lex Futshane – bass
Yonela Mnana – piano
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums
Zola Futshane – vocals
Samora Ntsebeza – percussion

Read more about Lex Futshane


The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with Charles Leonard
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJ)

Friday 21st July 2017 – 22 h 30 – R 50

The new baby is growing and, depending on how you count, The Orbit Vinyl sessions downstairs are turning three days or three weeks old on Friday, 21 July.

For this week’s session, we’re joined by Charles Leonard on the turntables at 22h30.

Charles Leonard is a DJ, editor, broadcaster, journalist and a collector of vinyl.

He has been collecting vinyl for five decades now and he loves sharing records from his eclectic, vast collection. Charles’s approach with his sets is to share, introduce, remind, surprise and entertain – he plays everything from jazz to soul, reggae to rock, dub to electronica, township jive to hip-hop, blues to funk.

His records are a mix of old and brand new. “I never stop collecting,” Charles explains.
“You will hear brand new hip-hop and electronica, through to crackly jazz from the 50s, symphonic soul from the 70s, reggae pressed in 1970s Kingston, through to incredible, dusty 45s from South African townships.”

So, what do his sets sound like?

“I enjoy my sets to be like when a friend comes to visit me at home and I play them a selection of my favourite records,” says Leonard.

Charles works as arts and culture editor at The Conversation Africa. He writes about music and culture for the Mail & Guardian and Rapport. He is also a radio presenter and is currently doing a series on politics and music on the SABC station, RSG.

He DJs at Stanley Beer Yard, Kitchener’s in Braamfontein and has regular reggae sets in Vosloorus on the East Rand.

See you at The Orbit Friday, 21 July and enjoy an inspiring show of contemporary South African jazz with Lex Futshane & The LEXtet at 20h30, and then wind down downstairs with a set by Charles Leonard from 22h30. Guests from the Lex Futshane & The LEXtet performance will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

Lex Futshane & The LEXtet – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 130:
Lex Futshane – bass
Yonela Mnana – piano
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums
Samora Ntsebeza – percussion
Zola Futshane – vocals

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Downstairs – 22h30 – R 50:
Charles Leonard

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Bokani Dyer Trio
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 22nd July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

As award-winning pianist and producer, Bokani Dyer, readies to release his fourth album, he has been workshopping some new and older music with his trio project. The three have wowed audiences across the country and the continent.

And now, for their last show before the Bokani Dyer Trio embarks on a Euro-tour – during which they will play in London and Switzerland – the band will set The Orbit stage alight.

Dyer’s sound is a mesh between electronic and acoustic. They explore music with no borders, weaving recklessly through tradition, identity, and emotion.

Bokani Dyer – piano
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
Romy Brauteseth – bass

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

Sunday 23rd July 2017 – 17 h 00 – Free 

As is Sunday tradition, 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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