Sonja Kandels & The Power of Voice
Live at The Orbit!

Tuesday 31st of March 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 100


German Jazz singer Sonja Kandels has been invited to Joburg by Under Joburg Skies (Center for Young Talent in Music and Film) to do a workshop with singers from WSOA, UJ and a Soweto-based group.
Tuesday night at The Orbit, Sonja will give a unique jam session with a selected group of musicians from South and West Africa, presenting a multifaceted, dynamic fusion of African music and modern jazz, far beyond stereo-typical folklore or drumming groups.

Sonja spent her childhood in Cameroon and Niger and has visited many other places like Senegal, Togo and South Africa for ethnomusicology studies and workshops. With the greatest ease, she is singing in English, French, or Portuguese, in Kisuaheli and various dialects from Togo, Cameroon, and Senegal, such as Ewe, Baka, or Woloff. And when all these languages are not sufficient to express her feelings, she sings in her own fantasy language, using her voice as an instrument and reproducing the whole ethno-sound in a natural way. The show at The Orbit show comes in the middle of rehearsals and possibly with one or the other surprise guests.

Sonja Kandels (Vocals)
Jacob Thomo (Piano)
Themba Mokoena (Guitar)
Thembinkosi Mavimbela (Double Bass)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)
Ngari El Hadj Ndong (Percussions)
Johnson (Percussions)
Khwezi Ndlela (Vocals)
& Choir

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Mkizwana Ensemble
Live at The Orbit!

Wednesday 1st of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


In their brief period of being active, the ensemble has performed a variety of gigs both public and private. They also had the pleasure of gracing the Moratele Park festival addition to performing at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival which bears testament to the ensemble’s passion for performing. In addition to sharing the stage with legends, the Mkizwana Ensemble has also been interviewed by various radio stations.

Having been placed 3rd in the Puisano Competition in Gauteng, the ensemble has grand plans for the future. With an album recording and various live performances, Mkizwana Ensemble seems set to attain their goal of reviving jazz and making it more accessible to the youth.

Viwe Mkizwana (Double bass),
Ntsikelelo Mcwabe (Trumpet),
Malusi Masia (Alto saxophone),
Africa Mahlangu (Tenor saxophone)
Thapelo Khumisi (Keyboard)
Tshiamo Nkoane (Drums)

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Comedy & Jazz at The Orbit!
Kagiso Lediga & Friends – Luyanda Madope Quartet

Thursday 2nd of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Top Comedian Kagiso Lediga invites his friends at The Orbit!
Recognized today as one of the country’s pioneering black comedians in the country & given his invaluable contribution to local comedy, Kagiso Lediga has certainly earned his right to be called a South African comedy legend. For over a decade – this multi talented comedian has entertained audiences in the live space, on the small screen, on the big screen and also now from behind the screen producing some of the most groundbreaking comedy content this country has ever seen. He is a natural storyteller with an enigmatic comedy style that blends schoolboy charm with creative genius, sharp intelligence & wit. However, if there was a SA Comedy Hall of Fame – it is his achievements thus far that would entrench his position there.

Luyanda Madope Quartet
In music circles Luyanda Madope needs no introduction. His trajectory has been well documented. Pianist, producer and session musician, Madope brings with him a treasure trove of accolades. Asanda Bum’s critically acclaimed Afro-Soul album “Fragile” is a true testament of Madope’s arsenal. Anybody that has listened to that album will attest to its solidity. The young producer also lent his Midas touch to Judith Sephuma’s “I Am I a Living Testimony” album. The aforementioned projects established Madope as a formidable force in the music industry.

Luyanda Madope (Piano & Keys)
Billy Monama (Guitare)
Sphelelo Mazibuko (Drums)
Sipho Mabena (Bass)

Zenzi Makeba Lee
Live at The Orbit!

Friday 3rd of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Zenzi sang as a backing vocalist on the Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela “Tour of Hope” throughout Africa and Worldwide. Once again she was featured to sing a solo, an a cappella song entitled “Mama” (a traditional Jewish song originally entitled “Yiddisha Momme”, which she always dedicates to her late mother, grandmother and to all the mothers of the world).
Zenzi has always composed and written her own songs. Over the years, she has also written and co-written numerous songs for other Artists, such as “Homeland”, a song on Miriam Makeba’s Grammy Award nominated album entitled “Homeland”.
Zenzi will be releasing her next album entitled “Wipe Your Tears”, which comprises mainly of original compositions with arrangements that feature traditional South African harmonies, including modern Jazz harmonies and a touch of Soul grooves and melodies.

Zenzi Makeba Lee (Vocals)
Whitney Breda (Backing Vocals)
Tina (Backing Vocals)
Mduduzi Mtshali Parker (Piano)
Mandla Zikalala (Bass)
Leagan Breda (Drums)
Al Dirt Du Toit (Guitar)

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Three Steps Within
Live at The Orbit!

Saturday 4th of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


THREE STEPS WITHIN is a Musical Collaboration by 3 well established South Africa Musicians, McCoy Mrubata (Saxes & Flute), Lindiwe Maxolo (Voice) & Concord Nkabinde (Bass & Voice). The sound of THREE STEPS WITHIN draws from the familiar history of our Musical Heritage and journeys through the Present Experience in order to find our Future Voices.
THREE STEPS WITHIN will therefore be returning to the Stage at The Orbit Jazz Club to present songs they have been experimenting with. In addition to original material, the programme will include reinterpretations of music from Abdullah Ibrahim to Rihanna, from Sipho Mabuse to Elvis Presley and anything else you can imagine.
On Easter Saturday, THREE STEPS WITHIN invites you to be a part of this experience and to enjoy a space where Inspiration meets Exploration.

Concord Nkabinde (Bass)
McCoy Mrubata (Saxophones)
Lindiwe Maxolo (Vocals)
Rob Watson (Drums)
Lifa Arosi (Piano, Keys)
Billy Monama (Guitar)

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The Rainmakers (CH & SA)
Live at The Orbit!

Sunday 5th of April 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


After a very well received tour last year, the Swiss-South African jazz collaboration The Rainmakers return to perform at Cape Town International Jazz Festival and tour South Africa and Mauritius. With Swiss bassist Baenz Oester at the helm The Rainmakers will be performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival on March 28, 2015, followed by performances in East London, Durban, Johannesburg and Mauritius. For the second concurrent year, the band is, supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss arts council.
Considered as one of Europe’s foremost double bassists, Oester has been active on the Swiss and international jazz scene since the early eighties. He has performed and recorded with numerous musicians, as well as recording his debut solo album, Blosperment Suite, in 2007. Oester is joined by fellow Swiss jazz artist Ganesh Geymeier on tenor saxophone and South Africans Afrika Mkhize on piano and Ayanda Sikade on drums.
Their shared musical philosophy has seen this collaboration result in collaborative performances both here and in Switzerland and the release of an album, Playing at the Bird’s Eye, recorded live at the Basel jazz club in 2012. The band first toured Southern African in 2014.
Coloured by the band’s varying backgrounds and musical traditions, the quartet’s eclectic style is a unique combination of jazz and blues, African polyrhythms and Swiss and Bulgarian folk tunes. Dubbed the group as “music of intention” it has been described by the media as joyful and energetic.

Afrika Mkhize (Piano)
Ganesh Geymeier (Saxophone)
Ayanda Sikade (Drums)
Bänz Oester (Double bass)

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