NOTICE: The Orbit is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm to 1:30 am. Generally performances start at 8 or 8.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday at 6pm & on Sundays (unless indicated otherwise).

Out There Session – Poetry & Jazz presented by Myesha Jenkins with guest poets
Live at The Orbit!
(Poetry and SA Contemporary Jazz)

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 90

Out There Session hosted by Myesha Jenkins at The Orbit every third Tuesday of the month. This month’s Out There Session invites two amazing young poets, Koleka Putuma and Afurakan.

Koleka Putuma is a Theatre Director, Writer, and Performance Poet based in Cape Town. Her plays include UHM (2014), Mbuzeni (2015/2016), plays for young audiences which include Ekhaya for 2-7 year olds and SCOOP, the first South African play for 2 weeks-12month old babies. She was nominated for the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for Best New Directors at the annual Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards (2015). She has been named one of the young pioneers who took South Africa by storm in 2015 by The Sunday Times.  She is a resident poet and creative director of spoken word collective Lingua Franca and Co-Founder of a theatre company called The Papercut Collective.

Afurakan also known as KingKan, is one of the pioneer of the modern South African spoken word scene. His writing and performance style has caught the attention of many slam poets and writers across Africa with its rhythm and provocative nature.
Afurakan has played a vital role in the growth of the spoken word movement in
Johannesburg and indeed South Africa; and he’s a regular at schools and community centres, using spoken word as a tool for youth social development. He is the co-founder and CEO of the Word N Sound Live Literature Company – a ground breaking poetry development project that has been running in Johannesburg since 2010.
Two major commissions have seen Afurakan spread his writing to television with the award winning Channel O Hip-Hop Express Promo and the recent ETV Gold Diggers TV series promo.

Lex Futshane – double bass
Yonela Mnana – piano

I Can Hear You – An intimate journey into the songs and sounds of healing presented by Mandla Mlangeni & Friends
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 20th of July 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 150

Oz Yahiely – Tel Aviv born Oz Yehiely and contra bass student at the University of Arts in Bern, Switzerland . Yehiely started to play electric bass at the age of 11 and later moving on to contra bass under the tutelage of Stefan Rademacher. Oz has participated in several workshops and Masterclasses with Stewy von Wattenwyl, Henning Sieverts, Michael Klinghoffer, Patrice Moret, Thomas Dürst, Michel Poffet, Matthieu Michel, Frank Sikora, Peter Gromer.

Felix Wolf – Felix Wolf, from Munich (Germany), started to play drums at the age of 11. During his high school years, he took drum lessons with Josef Bausch and played in the local high school big band. He has also experience playing other styles of music. Wolf has played with several rock groups, classical brass ensembles and also recorded a CD with the „Kreisblasorchester Ostallgäu“. Felix is studying jazz drums at the University of Arts Bern with Dejan Terzic.

Soweto Born Nomisupa Mazwai is the third daughter of a school teacher and a journalist, both very active in politics. Listening to Nomisupa´s lyrics, it is clear her upbringing was loaded with Azanian ideas. But they are not only political however, they are also whimsical, playful, mischievous and really capture the essence of who she is, a playful jovial character, unafraid to speak truth and bold to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Mandla Mlangeni – Mandla Mlangeni raised in Soweto, Johannesburg and is a young vibrant graduate of music composition from the University of Cape Town. Mlangeni has toured internationally in several distinguished productions, he is currently at the helm of three different bands the Tune Recreation Committee (TRC), Amandla Freedom Ensemble(AFE) and the Native Groove Collective(NGC)mainly as a composer/arranger, bandleader and trumpeter.

Yonela Mnana -A blind black South African musician who loves playing piano and singing jazz inspired sounds. His identity traverses the South African landscape. It is during the last three years towards his matriculation, that his extra curricula activities (including choral participation as well as melodica and keyboard playing) sparked his musical interest. Mnana has studied classical piano under Marian Friedman and (even currently) under Professor Malcolm Nay.

Band line up:
Mandla Mlangeni – tp
Yonela Mnana – piano
Felix Wolf – drums
Oz Yahiely – bass

Special Guest: Nomsa Mazwai – voc

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En Fuego The Orbit’s Salsa Band
Live at The Orbit!
(Salsa)

Thursday 21st of July 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

“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.

Musical Directors: David Sendef and Thomas Dyani.

Cesar Hurtado        (Vocals, Percussions)
Marcio Houedji    (Vocals)
Riaan van Rensburg    (Timbales)
Ngari Ndong        (Congas)
Paul Hanmer        (Piano/keys)
Jason Green        (Bass)
Dan Selsick        (Trombone)
Kevin Davidson    (Saxes)
DJ Sendef        (MD, Trumpet, Percussions & Vocals)

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Carlo Mombelli Quartet and Guests Andreas Tschopp (CH), Marcus Wyatt and Sisonke Xonti
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 22nd July 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 180

Carlo Mombelli is back again at the Orbit with his Stories Quartet – Mbuso Khoza, Kyle Shepherd and Tumi Mogorosi. Alone they have created a powerful unique concept of storytelling. However this time for this week end only, they will be joined by a brass ensemble made up of the fantastic Swiss guest trombonist Andreas Tschopp, Marcus Wyatt on trumpet and Sisonke Xonti on saxophone who will perform special arrangements that Carlo has done specifically for this event.

Band Line up:

Carlo Mombelli – Electric Bass
Kyle Shepherd – Piano
Mbuso Khoza – Vocals
Tumi Mogorosi – Drums
Andreas Tschopp – Trombone
Marcus Wyatt – Trumpet/Flugelhor
Sisonke Xonti – Saxophones

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Mkizwana Ensemble – Album Launch – African Skies
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 23rd of July 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Mkizwana Ensemble presents to you their debut album “African Skies”, a breath of fresh air, a journey into sound and scenery, a captivating musical experience that aims to inspire and leave an imprint on the listeners´ heart, as the music move from song to song through to the various grooves it’s all in appreciation of the beautiful fauna and flora, love, life, spirituality, culture and sophistication which lives in our beloved African continent.

Viwe Mkizwana began playing the Classical Double Bass at the prestigious East Rand School of the Arts at the age of seventeen.
In 2008, Mkizwana’s love of music led him to the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), where he began his studies in Jazz and earned a Grade 8 Certificate in Double Bass. During his time at TUT he was a member of the TUT Big Band and Footprints Trio Jazz Band. He later went on to manage and perform with Just Friends jazz band and formed the successful Mkizwana Ensemble in 2014. Through the course of his musical career, Mkizwana has played with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and served as the Principal Bassist in the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2009. Mkizwana has participated in South Africa’s renowned Joy of Jazz festival every year since 2010, sharing the stage with distinguished jazz artists from around the world. He is currently the Principal Bassist of the Pretoria-based Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mkizwana has studied under Marike Prins and Mack Duby in South Africa and taken master classes with Leon Bosch of London. His passion for music has taken him around the country and the world.
He Formed his band Mkizwana Ensemble in 2014 with two of his friends. The band performs a variety of original compositions jointly arranged by the dynamic members is this collective.  The Ensemble continues to strive towards their goal of reviving and appreciation of jazz and passion for music amongst today’s youth .

Band Line up:

Viwe mkizwana – Bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko -drums
Thandi Ntuli – piano
Ntsikelelo Mcwabe -trumpet
Malusi Masia – sax
Lebo Mabe – trombone
Keorapetse Kolwane – vocal

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Carlo Mombelli Quartet and Guests Andreas Tschopp (CH), Marcus Wyatt and Sisonke Xonti
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Sunday 24th July 2016 – 18 h 00 – R 150

Carlo Mombelli is back again at the Orbit with his Stories Quartet – Mbuso Khoza, Kyle Shepherd and Tumi Mogorosi. Alone they have created a powerful unique concept of storytelling. However this time for this week end only, they will be joined by a brass ensemble made up of the fantastic Swiss guest trombonist Andreas Tschopp, Marcus Wyatt on trumpet and Sisonke Xonti on saxophone who will perform special arrangements that Carlo has done specifically for this event.

Band Line up:

Carlo Mombelli – Electric Bass
Kyle Shepherd – Piano
Mbuso Khoza – Vocals
Tumi Mogorosi – Drums
Andreas Tschopp – Trombone
Marcus Wyatt – Trumpet/Flugelhor
Sisonke Xonti – Saxophones

Read more about Carlo Mombelli