David Ledbetter Connection Quartet Feat. Marcus Wyatt
Live at The Orbit!
Wednesday 4th of March 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120
The Connection Quartet
This exciting ensemble features the compositions of Pianist / Guitarist Dave Ledbetter and S.A stalwart Trumpet / Flugel horn player Marcus Wyatt. Completing the line up are the wonderful Benjamin Jephta on Double Bass and Trail blazing Drummer and Percussionist Sphelelo Mazibuko.
The music is inspired by the beauty of S.A ‘s natural environment and celebrates its heritage, cultural diversity and richness. Rooted in Jazz Gospel and indigenous world flavored influences from all 4 points of the compass. Dave, Marcus and Benjamin are all graduates from the South African College of Music at U.C.T and their meeting with Sphelelo promises to be musically diverse vibrant and fulfilling.
David Ledbetter (Guitar)
Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet)
Benjamin Jeptha (Bass)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)
En Fuego & DJ Salsa Touch – Live at The Orbit!
The Orbit’s Afro Cuban Salsa Band + DJ
Thursday 5th of March 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 100
“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.
Cesar Hurtado (Vocals, Percussions)
Thomas Dyani (Timbales)
Riaan van Rensburg (Congas)
Paul Hanmer (Piano)
Ariel Zamonsky (Bass)
Dan Selsick (Trombone)
Justin Yusuf Holcroft (Saxes)
DJ Sendef (MD, Trumpet, Percussions & Vocals)
DJ SalsaTouch (Thabo Moloto)
Known as Thabo Moloto DJ SalsaTouch is an established salsa and Afro-Latin dance coach in Johannesburg with over 18 years of dance experience. Thabo has been playing Latin music to an international audience since 2000. He has played a major role in growing the salsa & Lati jazz community in Johannesburg, making it very popular among youth and mature adults. Because of his understanding of Latin music dance and movement he is able to read any crowd and get them dancing, whether it be Salsa, Timba, Merengue, Reggaeton, Kizomba, Bachata etc. Thabo and his associates are responsible for organizing a series of S.A’s biggest Latin Parties “Revolucion Mundial” in Sandton and currently hosting regular Salsa & Afro-Latin dance socials weekly around Johannesburg. Over 2 years ago Thabo Moloto set up En Fuego (the Orbit’s Salsa Band) for their first ever performance to the salsa community… (DJ SalsaTouch) has previously travelled the world hosting themed parties and DJ on luxury cruise liners (over 100 cruises). With knowledge of music from the 1950’s to the current top 100, DJ SalsaTouch is versatile with the range of music genres suited to any audience.
Sipho “Hostix” Mabuse
Live at The Orbit!
Friday 6th of March 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 150
Sipho « Hotstix » Mabuse is much more that one of South Africa, and the worlds, most admired and respected musicians; he is a gentle living legend. Today, after close on 50 years of musical accomplishment and history behind him, Mabuse’s influence on the industry that gave him his voice continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
Mabuse wears many hats – entertainer, businessman, father and care-giver to many, he is an integral part of the entertainment industry and his contribution to the diverse landscape of South Africa is appreciated and honoured by music lovers the world over. From Carnegie Hall, New York to Newtown Johannesburg, when « Hotstix » hits a stage, the world sits up and listens.
Bernice Boikanyo (Drums)
Billy Monama (Guitars)
David Mabaso (Bass)
Lloyd Mbele (Piano & Keyboards)
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse (Vocalist, Flute, Saxes &Piano)
Banda Banda & The Crocodiles
Live at The Orbit!
Saturday 7th of March 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120
Banda Banda & The Crocodiles Project Is all about Celebration and Collaboration of great musicians from different cultures and musical Back Ground, BandaBanda Is well known and respected BassPlayer who was born in Durban,Having Played and learned from masters like Sandile Shange , Madala Kunene , Bheki Mseleku, they all made him to be aware of his destiny and identity
TheCrocodiles Project will be doing a dedication Concert to all the South African Musicians who have made the difference in the world thru music, Madala Kunene ,Sandile Shange , Bheki Mseleku ,Hugh Masikela, Taiwa Molelekwa, Robbie Jansen, Abdullah Ibrahim and many more.
The music is spirit filling and healing.
As Africans we must celebrate who we are. « Our creativity, our innovations, our humanity. »
Banda Banda (Bass)
Hadji Ndong (Percussions)
Cameron Ward (Guitar)
Johan Mthethwa (Piano)
Mthunzi Mvubu (Saxophone)
Sibusiso mkhize (Trumpet)
Sam Ibeh (Drums)
Percy Mabandu – Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a jazz Classic (book launch)
Feat. Tumi Mogorosi’s Quartet
Sunday 8th of March 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120
Award winning Journalsit and writer, Percy Mabandu will read excepts from his forthcoming book Yakhal’inkomo – Portrait of a jazz Classic. He will step to the stage accompanied by a band led by SAMA nominated jazz drummer, Tumi Mogorosi. Mabandu’s book and performance on the night draws their inspiration from the classic jazz record by Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Yakhal’inkomo recorded in 1968.
Percy Mabandu has been writing about jazz music, arts and the black experience for the last ten years. He has been named Gold Award Winner, Features Category at the Journalist of The Year Awards presented by Business Arts South Africa. Mabandu is a columnist, and art and features writer. His work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines including the weekly City Press, Blaque Magazine, the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, Chimurenga Chronic, and many others. He is a regular television and radio commentator on art and culture issues. He also serves as member of Friends of IFAS, The Consultative Committee of The French Institute of South Africa. Mabandu lives in Ga-Rankuwa, a township in the North West of Pretoria.
Tumi Mogorosi (Drums)
Sisonke Xonti (Saxophone)
Arriel Zamonsky (Bass)
Viwe Mkizwana (Bass)