Nomfusi: African Day Album Launch
Live at The Orbit
(Contemporary SA Music)

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 100

With over seven years in the music industry, having embarked on more than twenty international tours in and around Europe, Nomfusi returns home for a first-ever live performance at The Orbit.

On Tuesday, 19 September, Nomfusi will give an exquisite performance from her brand new album; African Day. The 12-track album encapsulates every human emotion from loss and hope to love while, at the same time, taking you on a spiritual journey.

Nomfusi is no stranger to the local market, as her first debut album Kwazibani churned out hit songs such as Nontsokolo which earned her many accolades and respect from music critics around the world. Having conquered the European market, the songstress is ready to reconnect with music lovers from home.

Nomfusi – vocals
Lungelo Mashinini – piano
Gift Mofokeng – bass
Wandile Nkambule – guitar
Bonginkosi Zikhali – drums
Tumelo Sefako – saxophone

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MXO & Friends
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Music)

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 100

MXO is at the helm of his career and is putting all his talent, and years of experience into MXO & Friends to share with his fans on Wednesday, 20 September.

Since his first release of Sista Kunjani, audiences have reveled in MXO’s music, which is distinctly soulful with a touch of funk, and coloured with quirky isiXhosa lyrics he uses to mesmerize through his raspy tone. Thirteen years later he remains as one of the few artists who have been able to stay true to his unique sound and style.

On 20 September, MXO takes unprecedented strides in music. Be part of the journey with MXO & Friends.

MXO – vocals, narration & harmonica
Sipho Jiyane – keys & vocals
Sunnyboy Mashale – bass
Thabiso Mogotsi – trumpet
Shadrack Mbonani – guitar
Siyabonga Nkosi – vocals & tap dancing
Sibusiso Nyirongo – drums
Sizwe Kgomo – 2nd keys
SIntu Ndzube – saxophone
Neo Mabhena – saxophone
Nkululeko Jiyane – vocals

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Ancient Agents: Album Launch
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Thursday 21st September 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

The Orbit welcomes back Ancient Agents for their much-anticipated debut album!

With musical influences from Africa, India and Scandinavia, the quartet combines traditional rhythms and contemporary harmonies to produce a richly textured acoustic world beat.

This international collaboration brings together four multi-instrumentalists – an innovative lead guitarist, a melody-driven bassist and two intuitive, dexterous percussionists whose instruments range from Arabic to Indian, Latin American and North African. ‘

Reza Khota – guitars
Fredrik Gille – cajon, frame drum & percussion
Ronan Skillen – table, hybrid kit, didgeridoo & percussion
Schalk Joubert – bass

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The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra: Album Lauch
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 22nd September 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra returns to The Orbit to release their first album; a celebration of the music of legendary South African Jazz group – The Blue Notes!

The band was initially put together for an event commissioned by the Chimurenga Magazine in Cape Town, but once the musicians came together to rehearse they soon realised the importance of keeping this project alive. It has been a journey of discovery for all the musicians involved – exploring the incredible recordings and compositions of the legendary jazz group of the 60s.

This was one of the most important groups to ever come out of this country , and they truly put South African Jazz onto the global stage. The Blue Notes were a South African jazz sextet, whose definitive line up featured Chris McGregor on piano, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto saxophone, Nikele Moyake on tenor saxophone, Johnny Dyani on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums.

The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra endeavours to bring this music back to South African audiences, and to keep the traditions of the more free approach to South African Jazz alive. The Orkestra is made up of some of the most exciting and edgy musicians this country has to offer, and each of them brings
something unique and fresh to the sound. This project should be considered as an important part of maintaining South Africa’s national cultural identity .

Andile Yenana – piano
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Romy Brauteseth – upright bass
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Siya Charles – trombone
Janus van der Merwe – baritone sax

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The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with DJ Jun
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJ)

Friday 22nd September 2017 – 22 h 30 – R 50

Vinyl is alive at The Orbit Vinyl Sessions!

This Friday, 22 September, we’re kicking it with the indomitable DJ Jun from 22h30.

DJ Jun aka Ninja45 started his carrier in Tokyo, Japan in 1996, throughout which he has shown his versatility and extensive music knowledge and experience to play globally in places such as the USA, Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Japan.

He is not only a digital reggae/dancehall DJ, but he also mixes, blends, and scratches of vinyl – especially 45(7inch) viny. He spins 45 vinyl like Chakram!

In Johannesburg, DJ Jun aka Ninja45 has residencies at House of Tandoor and Kitchener’s.

Come over for a soundcape on Friday, 22 September and as we celebrate the music of legendary South African band, The Blue Notes, at 20h30, and then join us downstairs for a get down with DJ Jun from 22h30. Guests from The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra performance will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

The Blue Notes Tribute Orkestra – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 150:
Andile Yenana – piano
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Romy Brauteseth – upright bass
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Siya Charles – trombone
Janus van der Merwe – baritone sax

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Downstairs – 22h30 – R 50:
DJ Jun

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Nduduzo Makhathini: Umsamu
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 23rd September 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150  | Sunday 24th September 2017 – 17h00 – R 150

Photo: Sufi Don

‘Every generation has its own leading lights. For the current generation of South African young jazz musicians, pianist, composer, healer and multi-award-winning improviser Nduduzo Makhathini stands as a key torchbearer. It’s useful to note the refreshing virtuosity with which the 34-year-old jazzman articulates a decidedly spiritual vision of the world with the piano, and his compositional clarity.

Makhathini plays with a bright lyricism and a full sound pallet that gives him a markedly wide melodic vocabulary. His music is as open as it is invigorating. Makhathini commands the sort of remarkable talent and thematic focus that posits him among an illustrious pantheon of forbears. The late jazz pianist, Bheki Mseleku, comes to mind as a musical stylist and visionary who set a lofty precedence. Their music shares a comparative searching sensibility along with a keen spiritual focus.’ – Percy Mabandu

As part Makhathini’s latest explorations for parallels and connections between his music, ancestry and his spiritual quest; Umsamu is Makhathini’s follow-up chapter from iKhambi. Through Makhathini’s ‘Bandstand Theory’ this project proposes a new imagination to concert spaces. Umsamu views these spaces as sacred grounds, places of worship, through which sonic vibrations stimulate a transcendental force helping us to bridge the gap between the seen and the unseen, and further closing the gap between dreams and reality. This project borrows some of Makhathini’s well-known pieces from iKhambi and stretches them to futuristic possibilities.

Nduduzo Makhathini – piano
Ayanda Sikade – drums
El Hadji Ngari Ndong – percussion
Nhlanhla Radebe – double bass
Tebogo Mokoena – tenor sax
Malcolm Jiyane – trombone

Special Guest:
Thebe Lipere – trombone

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