Bombshelter Beast
Live at The Orbit!
Afrobalkan Skadubhall

Tuesday 16th October – 20h 00 – R 130

The Beast returns to its birthplace/nest/coop!!
Not much more to say other than you know the deal – bring your sneakers and your game face good people’s!! On a more serious note, the Orbit has been going through some tough times of late and they need all of our support and help in order to keep those big glass doors open, and in keeping the music alive!!

Find out how you can help by emailing the Orbit on info@theorbit.co.za or call on +27 (0) 11 339 6645.
Let’s show the Orbit that we give a cluck!!!

Riaan Van Rensburg – drums
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Aldirt Du Toit – banjo/guitars
Alex Hitzeroth – sousaphone
Justin Sasman – accordion/trombone/vuvuzela
Pule – vocals/rap/storytelling
Etienne Mecloen – trombone/vuvuzela
Dionne Song – vocals
Mihi Matshingana vocals
Janus VD Merwe – saxes
Gavan Eckhart – sound design
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet/vuvuzela
Sisonke Xonti – saxes


The Mill  
Live at The Orbit! 
SWI/SA Contemporary Jazz

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 20 h 00 – R 160

Since quiet some years there has been a vibrant exchange between South African and Swiss musicians. And this year at Jazzwerkstatt Bern, one of the hippest festivals in Switzerland and self-proclaimed little sister of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, was a brand new collective welcomed to this world. The Mill is a loose but tight amalgamation of different musicians, bringing their original music to this bouncy gathering. The Mill has nothing to do with manufacturing but with creating. A strong sound which tries to out-honk the seagulls and car horns. The Mill breath. The Mill plays as if they were searching for the hidden life of jazz, its joyful core, the allure that makes you drop out of school and sit on a red wagon like Monk. Sly as a fox, playful as a young calf, their up-to-date and urban jazz gets to the point. Fab horn arrangements, playful tinkling on piano and guitar, and razor-sharp grooves all blend into a Joburg-Berne-style band sound.

Benedikt Reising – saxophones
Mandla Mlangeni – trumpet
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Vuma Levin Artist Page – guitar
Bokani Dyer – piano
Shane Cooper – bass
Marlon Clive Witbooi – drums


The Mill
Live at The Orbit!
SWI/SA Contemporary Jazz

Thursday 18th October – 20h 30 – R 160

Since quiet some years there has been a vibrant exchange between South African and Swiss musicians. And this year at Jazzwerkstatt Bern, one of the hippest festivals in Switzerland and self-proclaimed little sister of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, was a brand new collective welcomed to this world. The Mill is a loose but tight amalgamation of different musicians, bringing their original music to this bouncy gathering. The Mill has nothing to do with manufacturing but with creating. A strong sound which tries to out-honk the seagulls and car horns. The Mill breath. The Mill plays as if they were searching for the hidden life of jazz, its joyful core, the allure that makes you drop out of school and sit on a red wagon like Monk. Sly as a fox, playful as a young calf, their up-to-date and urban jazz gets to the point. Fab horn arrangements, playful tinkling on piano and guitar, and razor-sharp grooves all blend into a Joburg-Berne-style band sound.

Benedikt Reising – saxophones
Mandla Mlangeni – trumpet
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Vuma Levin Artist Page – guitar
Bokani Dyer – piano
Shane Cooper – bass
Marlon Clive Witbooi – drums


Lex Futshane & The LEXtet   
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz 

Friday 19th October – 20h 30 – R 140

The LEXtet has been together for some time now, playing in and around South Africa. The musicians were selected for the unique voice each one possesses. This dynamic outfit has a very wide repertoire ranging from original compositions by Lex Futshane to arrangements of Jazz standards from local and international artists. This time around the LEXtet will pay tribute to some of South Africa’s great composers by playing their music. The audience can also expect to hear new material by Lex Futshane which will be performed for the first time on the Orbit stage:

Lex Futshane – Bass
Elizabeth Gaylord – Piano
Siphiwe Shiburi – Drums
Mthunzi Mvubu – Saxophone
Samora Eitaniel Ntsebeza – Percussion
Zola Futshane – Voice


Time and Changes    
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz 

Saturday 20th October – 20h 30 – R 140

“The music is about my journey musically having worked with lots of greats in S.A. and all over the world a few years ago I started recording my own albums hence I have released my third studio album Time and changes. We will be playing music from all my albums and I know the audience will enjoy it. See you soon” – Maxwell Vidima

Maxwell Vidima – guitar & vocals
Carlo Joost – bass
Ezra Erusmus – piano
Merlin Michaels – drums
Mabeleng Moholo – pecursion & vocals