Words In Motion 
Live at The Orbit! 
Poetry & Jazz

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – 20 h 00 – R100

Florence Masebe is a South African actor, producer and writer. Her book of poems is titles The Heart Knows. “I was born to create beautiful art. My grandmothers were artists. Vho-Mususumeli Alina Mańweli Masebe had a gift for clay. She could weave artefacts of any size and for any use. Her hands knew beads like they were her best friend. Art was her gift. Vho-Nyamadala Mutheiwana Mafuna Mashau was the poet. She also had the sweetest singing voice. She gave me my gift with words. I owe my talent to both my grandmothers and those that came before them. I am an artist. An African storyteller. My heritage is my business.”

Vangile Gantsho is a poet, cultural activist and co-founder of impepho press. Pan-Africanist and unapologetically womanist, she has participated in poetry plays, events, and festivals on the continent and abroad. Gantsho is the author of two collections, Undressing in front of the Window (2015) and red cotton (2018). She holds an MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing from the University Currently Known as Rhodes (2016).

Words in Motion.
Florence Masebe and and Vangi Gantsho speak from the heart: On healing, Pan Africanism, and Sisterhood. With music from Lex Futshane, Siphiwe Shiburi and Yonela Mnana. Created and hosted Natalia Molebatsi


Jeremy Danneman & Sophie Nzayisenga 
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary RWA/SA Jazz

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – 20 h 00 – R120

Jeremy Danneman and Sophie Nzayisenga met in Rwanda in 2009. Since then they have also collaborated in New York City with Danneman’s band also featuring the bassist, William Parker, and drummer, Tim Keiper.

Their 2017 album Honey Wine was met with critical acclaim in the
International media. They have been invited to South Africa to perform at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre for this year’s commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

They will be joined at The Orbit by some of Joburg’s talent.

Jeremy Danneman – saxophone & clarinet
Sophie Nzayisenga – vocals & inanga
Ariel Zamonsky – bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

Read more about Jeremy Danneman & Sophie Nzayisenga


Africa Day Welcoming Party
DJs at The Orbit!
DJs

Thursday 24th May 2018 – 19 h 30 – R80

On 25 May 1963, Africa made history with the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which brought the Continent together. Since then, the 25 May has been celebrated widely across the world particularly in Africa to signify Africa’s identity and unity.

We have decided that the best way to welcome in Africa Day is to throw a party that celebrates music from all over the continent.

Featuring 4 of the hottest DJs around:

Charles Leonard
AfroShezi
QB Smith
DJ Okapi

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Faku-Kordalewski Unit
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Friday 25th May 2018 – 20 h 30 – R160

“Music has the has no boundaries, it has the power to connect people irrespective of colour, origin or language. Music is a language on its own, and it demands humility, friendship, trust, energy and, most of all, the heart for it to perform its function.” – Feya Faku

John Kordalewski and Feya Faku met after the concert Faku did with Uhadi – an SA band that was touring the US at the time. That, on its own, is the power of song and sound too.

The two musicians exchanged contacts and music, which led to John inviting Faku to perform with his Makanda project. They also did Quartet concerts under Faku’s Name and music.

Now, Kordalewski will be in South Africa on a Mission to arrange some of Faku’s music that will be performed in future by the Makanda Project, for which he leads and arranges music.

Feya Faku – trumpet & flugelhorn
Khaya Mahlangu – tenor sax
John Kordalewski – piano
Nhlanhla Radebe – acoustic bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

Read more about Feya Faku


The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with JustTemba
Live at The Orbit!
Vinyl DJ

Friday 25th May 2018 – 23 h 00 – R 50

JustThemba is one of the co-hosts of renowned KayaFM radio show, “Sound Supreme”, along with DJ Kenzhero, Tha_Muzik & The Rhythym Sessions.

He is a Johannesburg-based DJ who fell in love with DJing in high school. His DJ career began in 2008 as part of the Music Atlast DJ Collective. His sets contain a slick mixture of Soul, Jazz, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Latin, House, Acid Jazz, and Funk.

He’s opened for international acts such as K’Naan, DJ Babu, Louie Vega, Masta Ace, Bahamadia, Eric Lau, Freddie Joachim, and The Foreign Exchange.

A sought-after “mood creator”, you’ll find him performing in small initimat4e settings such as corporate stages and club launches, to big stages like Back To The City Festival, The DSTV Delicious Festival, and AfroPunk.

And, for the first time, we’re happy to announce he’ll be on The Orbit stage this Friday, 25 May.

Faku-Kordalewski Unit – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 160
Feya Faku – trumpet & flugelhorn
Khaya Mahlangu – tenor sax
John Kordalewski – piano
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Upstairs – 23h00 – R 50:
JustThemba

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Faku-Kordalewski Unit
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Saturday 25th May 2018 – 20 h 30 – R160

“Music has the has no boundaries, it has the power to connect people irrespective of colour, origin or language. Music is a language on its own, and it demands humility, friendship, trust, energy and, most of all, the heart for it to perform its function.” – Feya Faku

John Kordalewski and Feya Faku met after the concert Faku did with Uhadi – an SA band that was touring the US at the time. That, on its own, is the power of song and sound too.

The two musicians exchanged contacts and music, which led to John inviting Faku to perform with his Makanda project. They also did Quartet concerts under Faku’s Name and music.

Now, Kordalewski will be in South Africa on a Mission to arrange some of Faku’s music that will be performed in future by the Makanda Project, for which he leads and arranges music.

Feya Faku – trumpet & flugelhorn
Khaya Mahlangu – tenor sax
John Kordalewski – piano
Nhlanhla Radebe – acoustic bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

Read more about Feya Faku


Window Sessions
Live at The Orbit!
Open Mic Jam

Sunday 27th May 2018 – 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.

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