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Mihi Matshingana presents Mine: The Saga     
Live at The Orbit! 
Contemporary SA Jazz & Poetry

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 120

Photo: Jonathan Rees

From Love: The Saga, to Queen: The Saga, Mihi Matshingana now presents the third part of her Saga Series, “Mine: The Saga”. Loosely translated, the name “Mihi” means “that which belongs to me” in Latin. Mine.

In this installation of the Saga Series, Mihi will be performing a show of her original music.

Influenced by life, love, trials, and tribulations, this show is a celebration of who Mihi Matshingana is as a young artist, musician, composer and poet. She will be sharing music she has written throughout her journey of music, telling stories of how seasons of life have influenced her in becoming the artist she is today.

Mine: The Saga promises to be a night of enjoyment through Jazz, Soul and Afro-Jazz with traditional music influences.

Mihi Matshingana – vocals
Siphephelo Ndlovu – piano
Amaeshi Ikechi – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax

Read more about Mihi Matshingana

Asah George: Nomnyamazana
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Wednesday 15th August 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 120 

Asah George is a musician that writes music inspired or motivated by the struggles of the average South African. She writes music that is aimed at motivating, educating, and liberating everyone from all spheres of life.

The audience can expect a lively performance filled with exiting works from our South African female contemporaries.

“Nomnyamazana is my grandmother’s name for me. I didn’t know the meaning of this name until she explained to me that black is beautiful and should be appreciated in the same way white is. This performance is aimed at celebrating young, black women through song.”- Asah George

Asah George – vocals
Joshua Mokoena – piano
Sibonile Manzini – bass
Ndumiso Nzama – drums
Thembelihle, Muzikayise & Lesego – backing vocals

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The Thabani Gapara Project  
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary ZIM/SA & Jazz 

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 140

Zimbabwean born and raised, Thabani Gapara is an Auckland-based saxophonist who has been performing around the world in various musical projects for the last decade. He graduated at the New Zealand School of Music in BMus Jazz. Thabani has had the pleasure to play as a member in several music projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.

The Thabani Gapara Project presents his own original music from a soon-to-be-released EP, and a mix of some arrangements of music from a variety of his influences that include: Hugh Masekela ZA, Richard Bona, Fela Kuti, Roy Hargrove, Kirk Whalum and Moses Molelekwa to mention but a few.

The Band will present an evening of compositions by band leader Thabani Gapara and a variety of music from the African Jazz landscape arranged by the group. Prepare yourselves for a night of light-hearted and exciting afro-funk jazz evening.

Thabani Gapara – saxophones
Siyanqoba Mthethwa – keyboards & piano
Sipho Mabena – bass
Sinikiwe Mabaso – drums

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Nomfundo Xaluva: Reflections       
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Friday 17th August 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 160 

“This performance will be a reflection of how far I’ve come (and where I want to go) and the assumptions I had about being an artist – but specifically a woman in this man’s world called jazz. I’ll also reflect on the significance of some of the music I’ve written and recorded, and how it has shaped the direction of the music I am writing now – some of which I will present for the first time at The Orbit on the 17th of August.”- Nomfundo Xaluva

Nomfundo Xaluva – vocals
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Bokani Dyer – piano
Marlon Witbooi – drums

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Max-Hoba: Homage To The Queens      
Live at The Orbit!

Saturday 18th August – 20h 30 – R 150

On this special month of the woman, Max-Hoba will be paying homage to the queens of song and the queens of the struggle. He will be saluting those who never kept quiet during the dark days of apartheid struggle, the heroines that kept the family and community functional at a time when only doom was looming for any black life.

From Lilian Ngoyi, Margaret Mncadi, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, to Miriam Makeba, Busi Mhlongo, and Letta Mbulu. The performance will include songs from different generations of the queens of song both local and international. Max-Hoba will also, through song, add his voice against the current crisis of femicide in an effort to raise awareness about women abuse.

He will also be supported by guest artists Wanda Baloyi, Ole and Nelsisiwe Sibiya.

Max-Hoba – vocals
Musa Mdluli – keys
Ngwato Mapalakanye – guitar
Pat Magodzho – bass
Ntokozo Mdluli – drums

Special Guests:
Wanda Baloyi
Nelisiwe Sibiya

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