Albino Mbie
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary USA/MOZ Jazz

Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 100

Berklee College of Music graduate, Albino Mbie, is a Mozambican guitarist and vocalist. He built his first guitar from a five litre can of oil, scrap wood, and electric cords at the tender age of 16. Drawn to the street music of Maputo, Mbie soon started playing with bands in the local scene.

For his first time at The Orbit, Mbie brings a band of fellow Berklee graduates to present his music to Joburg and South African audiences.

Mbie makes music that aims to combine disparate entities into an organic whole while retaining their unique, undiluted flavours. The music of his native Mozambique coupled with his experiences living in the US, and traveling many other places in the world, overlap pleasingly to treat the audience’s ear to n original sound of Afro-pop meets Moz-Jazz.

Imbued with a worldly energy, Mbie’s incredibly approachable music exudes sophistication and simplicity.

Albino Mbie – vocals & guitar
Jiri Nedoma – piano & keyboards
Guy Bernfeld – bass
Frank Paco – drums

Read more about Albino Mbie 


Bongeziwe Mabandla
Live at The Orbit!
Folk/Soul

Wednesday 21st February – 20h 00 – R 100

Critically acclaimed urban-African folk musician, Bongeziwe Mabandla, will take to The Orbit stage for the first time on Wednesday 21 February with his band comprising of Tiago Correia-Paolo (340ml and Tumi and the Volume) and Mike Wright (Zebra and Giraffe).

Mabandla’s summertime performance gives Johannesburg-based music lovers
the chance to experience the material off his second album, Mangaliso. Heralded by first single Ndokulandela and its captivating video, Mangaliso was produced by Correia-Paolo and represents a stunning advance on Mabandla’s 2012 South African Music Award-nominated debut Umlilo.

Infused with a deeply-rooted spirituality, Mangaliso effortlessly transcends genres – and its subtle sonic diversity, exceptional songwriting, and world-class production position Mabandla for an international breakthrough.

Bongeziwe Mabandla – vocals & guitar
Tiago Correia-Paolo – guitar
Mike Wright – drums

Read more about Bongeziwe Mabandla


Lagos Thursdays  
Live at The Orbit!
Afrobeat

Thursday 22nd February 2018 – 20 h 30 – R 130

The Fast and Furious has nothing on the acrobatic music village of Afrobeat when it comes to action!

The city of Lagos despises sluggishness, and so does the music that comes with Femi Koya’s Afrobeat band. The nine-piece outfit is so hot you can’t touch them, but you can feel them!

Lagos Thursdays brings you the music of Femi Koya – Nigerian saxophonist and singer based in Johannesburg. Femi sees himself as part of a new Africa on the move; where home is not just one place but a multiplicity of places and influences.

Femi has performed and worked with Baba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Yvonne ChakaChaka, Sipho Mabuse, and Simphiwe Dana among others. He has also shared a stage with Salif Keita, King Sunny Ade ,Youssou N’dou, Sibongile Khumalo, and Habib Keita.

Join Femi Koya’s Afrobeat band on Thursday, 16 November 2017 at The Orbit as they dish out fresh music from his new album Village Afrobeat. The album will be launched in March.

Femi Koya – tenor sax
Felix Arimoro – flugelhorn
Peter Shishe – trumpet
Peter Daniyan – trombone

Maxwell Baloyi – keys and piano
Gali Ngoveni – bass
Karo Ndoite – guitar
Seun Adebari – drums
Segun Oyedele – talking drums

Read more about Femi Koya 


Salim Washington & Sankofa 
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA/USA Jazz

Friday 23rd February 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Sankofa, the mythical Ghanaian bird which flies forward as it looks backwards, symbolizes the rootedness in our past and ancestors to forge the way ahead. It is also a symbol of diasporic Africans who have returned to Africa.

Sankofa plays hard-hitting original jazz which contemplates the state of life and culture in South Africa, while supporting pan African consciousness. The repertoire centres around Salim Washington’s original compositions, but also pays homage to other revolutionary composers.

Washington’s compositional and playing styles are quite wide ranging and eclectic. He is profoundly influenced by the compositional complexity and political commentary of master composers Charles Mingus, Andrew Hill, and Stevie Wonder; the spiritual exploration of great tenor players such as John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Mankunku Ngozi, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the political elan of Gil Scott Heron, Kendrick Lamar, the Last Poets, Amiri Baraka.

With Sankofa, Washington has the luxury of building a musical community and to compose with specific artists in mind. He relishes bringing out each unique voice and placing it in a setting that will bring out their best and present it to audiences in the best setting. Sankofa is a musical, compositional, political, spiritual experience.

Salim Washington – tenor sax, flute, oboe & bass clarinet
Sakhile Simani – trumpet & flugelhorn
Phumlani Mtiti – alto sax
Nduduzo Makhathini – piano
Dalisu Ndlazi – bass
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Zoe The Seed – vocals

This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA.

Read more about Salim Washington



The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with Bro Slovo 
Live at The Orbit!
Vinyl DJ

Friday 23rd February 2018 – 23 h 30 – R 50

The end of February brings the return of The Orbit Vinyl Sessions! On 23 February, we kick off the 2018 installment of this Friday tradition.

This time around, we’ve moved the party upstairs, and documentary filmmaker and writer, Bro Slovo, will be spinning from around 23h30.

Bro Slovo is the alter ego of Dylan Valley, who hails from Cape Town, and was one of the founding members of the vinyl collective Future Nostalgia. He prefers a cross-genre approach to music with a focus on funk, soul, hip hop and groove jazz from the continent and beyond.

Come over on Friday, 13 October and enjoy a riveting performance upstairs by the Kyle Shepherd Quintet at 20h30, and then wind down downstairs with a set by Bro Slovo from 22h30. Guests from the Kyle Shepherd Quintet performance will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

Salim Washington & Sankofa – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 150:
Salim Washington – tenor sax, flute, oboe & bass clarinet
Sakhile Simai – trumpet & flugelhorn
Phumlani Mtiti – alto sax
Nduduzo Makhathini – piano
Dalisu Ndlazi – bass
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Zoe The Seed – vocals

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Upstairs – 23h30 – R 50:
Bro Slovo

Read more about Bro Slovo 


Salim Washington & Sankofa  
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA/USA Jazz

Saturday 24th February 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Sankofa, the mythical Ghanaian bird which flies forward as it looks backwards, symbolizes the rootedness in our past and ancestors to forge the way ahead. It is also a symbol of diasporic Africans who have returned to Africa.

Sankofa plays hard-hitting original jazz which contemplates the state of life and culture in South Africa, while supporting pan African consciousness. The repertoire centres around Salim Washington’s original compositions, but also pays homage to other revolutionary composers.

Washington’s compositional and playing styles are quite wide ranging and eclectic. He is profoundly influenced by the compositional complexity and political commentary of master composers Charles Mingus, Andrew Hill, and Stevie Wonder; the spiritual exploration of great tenor players such as John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Mankunku Ngozi, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and the political elan of Gil Scott Heron, Kendrick Lamar, the Last Poets, Amiri Baraka.

With Sankofa, Washington has the luxury of building a musical community and to compose with specific artists in mind. He relishes bringing out each unique voice and placing it in a setting that will bring out their best and present it to audiences in the best setting. Sankofa is a musical, compositional, political, spiritual experience.

Salim Washington – tenor sax, flute, oboe & bass clarinet
Sakhile Simani – trumpet & flugelhorn
Phumlani Mtiti – alto sax
Nduduzo Makhathini – piano
Dalisu Ndlazi – bass
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Zoe The Seed – vocals

This performance is presented in association with Concerts SA.

Read more about Salim Washington


Window Sessions
Live at The Orbit!
Open Mic Jam

Sunday 25th February 2017 – 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.

Read more about Banda Banda