Words In Motion: Readings From The Soil
Hosted by Natalia Molebatsi – Makhosazana Xaba, Rosie Motene, Lex Futshane, Yonela Mnana & Siphiwe Shiburi
Live at The Orbit!
Words In motion & Contemporary SA Jazz

Tuesday 11th December 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 100

Our last installment of Words In Motion for 2018 brings us Readings From The Soil.

Our producer and host Natalia Molebatsi, has gathered the talents of Makhosazana Xaba, Rosie Motene, Lex Futshane, Yonela Mnana, and Siphiwe Shiburi to treat us to some poetry and jazz.

Rosie Motene is a Pan African media proprietor, award winning actor, author and film
producer. She has also been an activist for over 17 years and trained through People
Opposing Women Abuse (POWA). She uses her personal story, training, and expertise to
create awareness on gender-based violence. Rosie is a revered global speaker and emcee.

Her autobiography, Reclaiming The Soil, speaks to themes of African identity, her struggles, and how, in her late thirties, she made the brave decision to move to Phokeng – her ancestral village – and work on her relationship with her biological family, and try and reclaim her identity. The book also deals with how Rosie rose out of an abusive relationship and did not let that define her – she joined POWA and began to use her public persona to create awareness about abuse across the continent.

Makhosazana ‘Khosi’ Xaba is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005 and 2017) and, Tongues of their Mothers (2008). Her poetry has been anthologized extensively and is available from the Cambridge Poetry Archive. In 2016, she edited Like the Untouchable Wind: An Anthology of Poems. She is also the author of Running and other stories (2013), which won the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014. She is the co-editor of an anthology of short stories; Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013) which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category in 2014, and the second volume Queer Africa: New Stories (2017). She co-edited Proudly Malawian: Life Stories from lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals (2016). She holds an MA in Writing from Wits University, is a patron of the Johannesburg Review of Books, a feminist at heart and has lived in Johannesburg for over 20 years.

Lex Futshane – bass
Yonela Mnana – piano
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

Asanda Bam: Nomad   
Live at The Orbit! 
Contemporary SA Music

Wednesday 12th December 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 120

Asanda Bam’s Nomad is mainly inspired by Mirriam Makeba and her journey as a musician under the apartheid regime, traveling to different countries to sing and spread the word on peace, tolerance and love. Through escaping the dire situation in her birth country, she found a home in the world where she was loved and accepted for who she is.

“This speaks to an era I find myself in currently; traveling to different African countries, exploring different cultures and basically being at home wherever I find myself. Music as a universal language of love makes it all possible for me to do this.”- Asanda Bam

Asanda Bam – vocals
Mark Watson – keys
Percy Mbonani – tenor sax
Sanka Diamond – guitar
Merlin Michaels – drums

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Paul Hanmer: 3 Rhythm + 3 Horns Orbital Outing  
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary Jazz

Thursday 13th December 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 160

This sextet (3 rhythm & 3 horns) will explore some repertoire of these past 30 years – starting with a piece which is simply called “12/12/88”, and finishing up with pieces written this year such as “Bounce” which was premiered at the Joy of Jazz, and “16 June 2018” which will feature just rhythm section.

Some of the music has appeared on “Playola” and “Accused No.1: Nelson Mandela”, while some pieces have not yet been recorded … unless clandestinely?

“I am proud to be performing with Bernice Boikanyo, Nhlanhla Radebe, Tsepo Tsotetsi, Sydney Mavundla, and Dan Selsick.

Paul Hanmer – piano
Bernice Boikanyo – drums
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Tshepo Tsotetsi – alto sax
Sydney Mavundla – trumpet
Dan Selsick – trombone

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Mandisi Dyantyis: SOMANDLA    
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA/SI Jazz 

Friday 14th December 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 140

On his much-anticipated return to The Orbit stage Mandisi Dyantyis will formally present his debut album titled SOMANDLA. Released only at the end of October, this body of work has already garnered significant and positive attention on all spheres of social media.

SOMANDLA is a work premised on the sacred act of prayer, peppered with issues of current societal interest and most noteworthy, the “old school” romantic sentiment delivered in the persuasive elegance of his mother tongue, isiXhosa.

This performance will be a befitting exhibition of Dyantyis’s versatility as a prolific songwriter/composer, trumpeter, and outstanding vocal artist.

Mandisi Dyantyis – trumpet & vocals
Bokani Dyer – piano
Steve de Souza – bass
Lumanyano Mzi – drums
Phumlani Mtiti – tenor sax

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From The Soul: The Feya Faku Four-Tet ft. Sydney Mnisi     
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Saturday 15th December – 20h 30 – R 160

One of South African jazz’s favourite sons, Feya Faku, returns to The Orbit on Saturday, 15 December. Also one of the country’s most treasured exports, Faku was born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth – a town often referred to as a Jazz Academy that brought forth a great number of jazz musicians.

He has collaborated with Barney Rachabane, Thandie Classen, Duke Makasi, Pat Matshikiza, Basel Coetzee, Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi, and Bheki Mseleku, and Abdullah Ibrahim to name a few. Internationally, he has worked with Dave Young, Gustavo Begalli, Larry Ridley, Colin Vallon, Andy Sherrer, Paul van Kemenade, Eric van der Western, Brice Wassy, Malcom Braff, Samuel Blaser, and Frederic Ljungkvist.

On his last visit to The Orbit for the year, Faku brings his Four-Tet.

“The idea is to play songs that speak to my heart organically. This can only be achieved if the musicians commit themselves musically and otherwise.” – Feya Faku

Feya Faku – trumpet
Bokani Dyer – piano
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

Sydney Mnisi – tenor sax

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