Thuto Motsemme Sextet
Live at The Orbit!

Wednesday 29th of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Thuto Motsemme is a flexible and versatile bass player who hails from Kwa-Mashu, KZN. He was introduced to music when he was 13 and participated in local choirs as a baritone singer, which led him to study music at a later stage.
For all these years of working with different musicians he has developed his own unique and distinctive sound, which draws its influence from all sorts of variety of music including church hymn, African folk music, avant-garde, and hip-hop, jazz. His compositions are fresh, bubbly and full of energy; anyone who encountered with his music gets transformed because of intensity and his commitment to this art form called music.

Thuto Motsemme (Bass)
Mlungisi Mhlongo (Piano)
Tebogo Mokoena (Saxophone)
Mzamo Bhengu (Trumpet)
Bonolo Nkoane (Drums)
Mthunzi Mvubu (Saxophone)

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International Jazz Day
Thandi Ntuli
Live at The Orbit!

Thursday 30th of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


International Jazz Day is a global event organized by UNESCO to celebrate the « virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people… »
I strongly believe in these virtues, particularly in the wake of recent Xenophobic attacks in SA and will be dedicating this performance to those affected by the atrocities of these attacks!
We are proud to partner with Gift of The Givers, a charity organization that has huge experience in relief programs, to do our part to make a difference to those directly affected by recent xenophobic attacks. Items that will be collected on the day of the performance will be non-perishable food items, blankets, sanitary pads, disposable nappies, hygiene packs, towels, winter clothing, sweet packs and non-alcoholic drinks. These will later be collected by the organization and distributed to the various camps around Johannesburg and Durban areas.
Join us at The Orbit – Home of Jazz with:

Thandi Ntuli (Keys)
Amaeshi Ikechi (Bass)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)
Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet)
Khaya Mahlangu (Saxophone)

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Nicholas Williams Project
Live at The Orbit!
Feat. Marcus Wyatt

Thursday 1st of May 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Nicholas Williams is a Pianist and composer from Cape Town, South Africa. He was mainly self-taught up until the age of 19 when he decided it was time for him to take the piano lessons. It was at this time he started attending jam sessions in search of a chance to play and met multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman who became the biggest influence in his musical life.
NIcholas has worked with Buddy Wells (Buddy Wells Quintet), Rus Nerwich (The Wondering Who), Mark Fransman, Kesivan Naidoo (Kesivan and the Lights), Salim Washington, Alvin Dyers and Errol Dyers. Mandla Mlangeni (TRC), Darren English, Francesca Biancoli, Emily Bruce and many more.
He has performed at most major jazz festivals in South Africa as well as festivals and jazz venues in Italy, Belgium, Czech Republic and Slovakia. He currently leads the Nick Williams Project as a pianist and composer.

Nick Williams (Piano)
Benjamin Jephta (Bass)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)
Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet)

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The Notes (F. Faku, S. Mnisi & H. Tsoaeli)
Live at The Orbit!
Feat. A. Sikade & A. Mkhize

Saturday 2nd (20 h 30) & Sunday 3rd (18 h 00) of May 2015 –
R 150


 »The Notes » is a group which consists of three experienced South African Musicians who are leaders outside this newly formed Unit (The Notes). After a long period of not working together due to other commitments and projects both locally and abroad, they decided to put their heads together and form this Unit. Bassist Herbie Tsoaeli is the one who was instrumental in putting the band together. The Notes consists of three respected and well travelled SA Musicians : Mr Herbie Tsoaeli on Double Bass, Mr Sydney Mnisi on Tenor Saxophone and Mr Feya Faku on Trumpet and Flugel Horn… these 3 Legends are the main leaders of the concept and they will be joined by two young and talented Musicians who are Leaders in their own right : Afrika Mkhize on Piano and Ayanda Sikade on Drums. The Unit will be playing the compositions from each musician’s Song Book as well as South African Jazz Standards, from Mankunku Ngozi, the Blue Notes, The Soul Jazzmen, Zim Ngqawana, Abdullah Ibrahim etc….

Sydney Mnisi (Saxophone)
Afrika Mkhize (Piano)
Herbie Tsoaeli (Drums)
Herbie Tsoaeli (Bass)
Feya Faku (Trumpet)

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