Science & Cocktails
Live at The Orbit!
Scientific presentation followed by Jazz

Tuesday 24th April 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 20

Science & Cocktails will talk about: Exploring the cosmos with a giant radio telescope.

He will take us on a tour of some of the amazing science that can be done with the SKA, as well as opening a discussion on some of the broader social questions related to the SKA.

Followed by smoky dry-ice cocktails at the bar and the sounds of Move light.

Abbey Cindi’s Afrika
Live at The Orbit!
Heritage SA Jazz

Wednesday 25th April 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 140

Malombo Jazzmen maestro, Abbey Cindi, returns to The Orbit for a first-time performance with his own band, Afrika, after a successful tour with UK educator, producer, and DJ QB Smith.

Cindi is best known for his prolific flute playing in Malombo Jazzmen – a pivotal South African band he co-founded with Philip Tabane and Julian Bahula. On Wednesday, 25 April Cindi brings his band, Afrika, along with his pennywhistle, harmonica, and his smoky blues voice to present his latest compositions.

This will include music from his album, Afrika, recorded in 2007 featuring McCoy Mrubate and Bheki Khoza.

Abbey Cindi – flute, pennywhistle & harmonica
Bafana Ndlovu – bass
Alister Meyer – drums
Lawrence Moloise – guitar
Sfiso Matsemela – piano

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En Fuego  
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Thursday 26th April 2018 – 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.

DJ Sendef – trumpet
Cesar Hurtado – vocals
Marcio Houdeji – vocals
Sweetness Mkhize – vocals
Riaan van Rensburg – timbales
Hadji Ngari Ndong – congas
Paul Hanmer – keyboard
Jason Green – bass
Dan Selsick – trombone
Brandon Ruiters – trumpet

Free dance lessons at 19h30 hosted by Come Salsa.

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Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC)    
Live at The Orbit!
SA cross over Indigenous Music

Friday 27th April 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 140

On Friday, 27 April The Orbit offers a fitting way to celebrate Freedom Day, and the long weekend that will follow it, with a party with Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) and AfroShezi.

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with AfroShezi    
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Friday 27th April 2018 – 23 h 00 – R 50

On Friday, 27 April The Orbit offers a fitting way to celebrate Freedom Day, and the long weekend that will follow it, with a party with Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) and AfroShezi.

AfroShezi, also known as Ntokozo Shezi, is an African music enthusiast; playing various genres like rumba, afrojazz, afrobeat, and music from the African diaspora.

BCUC – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 140
Zithulele Nkosi – vocals
Kgomotso Mokone – vocals
Letlhogonolo Maphunye – vocals, rap, whistles & percussions
Thabo Ngoepe – vocals, rap, bass drum
Thabo Mangel – congas
Skhumbuzo Mahlangu – bass drum
Mosebetsi Nzimande – bass guitar

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

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Abraham Mennen Quintet   
Live at The Orbit
Contemporary SA Jazz

Saturday 28th April 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 140

Multi-award winning South African saxophonist and improviser, Abraham Mennen, is back home from New York and stopping over in Johannesburg.

Mennen has worked with Louis Moholo-Moholo, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Joe Morris, John Lockwood, Herbie Tsoaeli, Kesivan Naidoo, Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, Cooper-Moore, Shabaka Hutchins and many others.

This time around he brings with him a group of musicians with which he has played and toured numerous times over the years.

The quintet will perform mostly original compositions by Mennen as well as some arrangements of John Coltrane’s music and other jazz standards.

Abraham Mennen – saxes
Keenan Ahrends – guitar
Tumi Mogorosi – drums
Ariel Zamonsky – bass
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax

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Window Sessions
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Open Mic Jam

Sunday 29th April 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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