Louis Mhlanga
Live at The Orbit! (Afro Electric Jazz)

Tuesday 1st of September 2015– 20 h 00 – R 120


Louis is respected as one of the greatest African Jazz guitarists of our time. He has performed on the world’s best stages (Carnegie Hall, Brazil, France, Spain to name but a few) and impresses audiences from all walks and cultures of life with his intuitive and inspiring use of his instrument, the guitar.
Grammy Award winning producer, Mark Johnson, is quoted as saying “Louis has a stellar reputation … one of the most exciting and electrifying performers to come along in years” and flyglobalmusic.com reviews his CD World traveller, as “A near faultless album and a creative statement of Pan
– African vision”.
Of his solo performance at the 2010 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Contributing Editor, Fiona Gordon of the Cue says “Known particularly for his mastery of his strings, his use of voice is akin to his skill on guitar.” She further explains “His audience sits breathlessly still, mesmerised, aside from one or two who can’t stop tapping out a rhythm with one or other part of their bodies.”
Louis’ ongoing performance since 2007 with the American based Playing for Change Band, which consist of musicians from the African continent to the Netherlands to North America, sees him perform his special guitar wizardry across all States of North America.
You know that Louis Mhlanga the artist is a legend in the musical fraternity now that a host of young guitarists have started to emulate his distinct style of picking and plucking the guitar, what Louis calls the African guitar.
But Louis is best known for his humility, and his guiding motto is respect, for the world and all her people.
Louis is globally respected and acknowledged as the master of the African guitar. His style of music captures the voice of our continent.

Louis Mhlanga – Guitar and Vocals
Basi Mahlasela – percussion
Sello Montwedi – Drums
Michael Phillips – Electric Bass guitar
Randal skippers – Keyboards and acoustic piano


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Yusuf Justin Holcroft
Live at The Orbit! (Be Bop – American 50´s & 60´s Jazz)

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015 – 20 h 00 – R 120


Yusuf Justin Holcroft ranks as one of the top saxophonists in South Africa. Since arriving in 2004, he has established himself on the session and performance scene, working with artists as diverse as Miriam Makeba, Freshlyground, TKZee, Gang of Instrumentals, the Bala Brothers, Kabelo and Dave Stewart. He is currently a regular member of En Fuego and Swing City, plays lead alto in the Orbit Big Band, and is prolifically involved in the corporate music scene.
His passion, however, is for jazz of the 50’s and 60’s. Stylistically he is influenced by Dexter Gordon, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, but encompasses both earlier and later exponents. Most importantly, his playing is committed, passionate and uncompromising.
His group brings together like-minded musicians who are all at the top of the musical tree in South Africa. Repertoire is taken from the greats – Miles, Monk, Coltrane, Gordon et al – to which the group’s feel and communication is added to generate a tangible electricity on stage.

Yusuf Justin Holcroft – saxophones
John Davies -Trombone
Dave Sendef – Trumpet
John Rautenbach – Bass
Peter Auret -Drums
Paul Hanmer – Piano


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The Orbit Funk Band
Live at The Orbit! (Funk)
With Djs Rushmo and Bubbles (from 19 h 00)

Thursday 3rd of September 2015 – 20 h 00 – R 100


FUNK’T UP will be taking us back to the days of funk music with a mixture of acrobat music. The band is one of a music project of The Orbit. Bandleader Riaan Van Rensburg will be FUNK’T UP’s MC and he’ll also be on drums. Accompanying him are: Benjamin Jephta (Bass), Cameron Bruce (Guitar), John Fresk (Keys), David Sendef (Trumpet), Siya Makuzeni (Trombone), Justin Holcroft (Saxophone).
The band will be performing a range of music, including covers or rearranged renditions of known songs. Come hear some of your favourite songs FUNK’T UP! The band will also have a special guest on vocals that you don’t want to miss.

Riaan van Rensburg (Drums & MC)
Peter Sklair (Bass)
Cameron Bruce (Guitar)
John Fresk (Keys)
David Sendef (Trumpet)
Siya Makuzeni (Trombone)
Janus van der Merwe (Saxophone)

DJ Rushmo, born Bhekumuzi Siphosami Nzimande in the late 70s in Soweto has been a record collector since the late 90s. He is a self proclaimed Traditional African Music historian, protector & preserver. He is a Producer and has travelled internationally as a Sound Engineer with some of the most recognized and influential musicians in the South African music industry. His eclectic taste allows him to take you through a sensory journey and awakening.

DJ Bubbles’ musical career can be traced back to an early enthralment with 70’s Soul/Disco, Funk, World Music, Hip Hop and heavy doses of Jazz. Recollections of the first encounter with the gentle twirl of the gramophone are imprinted in his technique; the texture of wax indelible in his signature brews of nostalgic homage and futuristic ventures. The allure of

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Keenan Ahrends
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Contemporary Jazz)

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of September 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Keenan Ahrends is a Cape Town based Jazz guitarist who started playing at the age of fifteen. After completing his jazz performance studies at the University of Cape Town and the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2009, Ahrends has been actively involved in performing, composing and teaching. During his tertiary studies, he studied under the likes of Jon Eberson, Eckhard Baur, Alvin Dyers, Andrew Lilly, and Mike Campbell.
Ahrends has collaborated with established musicians such as Louis Moholo, Andile Yenana, Afrika Mkhize, Buddy Wells, Mark Fransman, Shane Cooper, Sony recording artist SOMI (USA), Salim Washington (USA) and Kevin Gibson among others.
Ahrends is a regular performer on the South African music scene. He has performed at various Jazz clubs all over South Africa and at various Jazz Clubs and festivals in Norway, Nigeria and Sweden. Notable performances throughout his career in South Africa have been at the Joy of Jazz Festival in 2006 (National Youth Jazz band), Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival (2006, 2015), and at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in (2007, 2015) and Edge of Wrong Festival (2012)
Ahrends has been commissioned to compose works for the Cape Town Goema Orchestra (2012, 2013, 2014) and regularly performs his compositions with his own Trio.

Keenan Ahrends (Guitar)
Romy Brauteseth (Double Bass)
Claude Cozens – (Drums)

The Saturday 5th September performance is presented in partnership with Standard Bank


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The Story of SA Jazz
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Jazz, Funk & Blues)

Sunday 6th of September 2015 – 17 h 00 – R 120


The Story of South African Jazz, Volume One, is a book published out of the necessity to tell the real story of a music that simply is. And now through collaboration and musical invention this profound story is coming to life through live music.
This event will be headlined by the deepest and richest story of South African Jazz in Johannesburg … and that is the story of the Rachabane family. The little maestro, Barney Rachabane is the pioneer of this musical dynasty. Barney is now in his 70th year and is engaged with a biography, book of solo’s, album release, big band and school. In his sixty year career, he has pioneered jive, recorded extensively and spread the graceland message worldwide. His repuation is righty as ‘the most soulful saxophone player in the world’. However, more over than the music is the spirit of the music. It is that, that is eternal. Barney is a musical father who has passed the musical message onto his children. His gifted saxophonist son, the late Leonard Rachabane was a part of the explosion of jazz at UKZN in the late 80’s. And now it is occassion for the star to rise of his last born, the gorgeous, explosive and mature Octavia Rachabane.
Octavia has performed alongside her father since the age of 12. Octavia is pure soul, a unique songstress. Her compositions melt with jazz, funk and blues in fresh and exciting new ways.
Octavia will be performing compositions from her debut album which is still in the demo phase.
She says, « Music was all around me. I was bound to it in a way. I decided that this was the way I want to take. This is where I want to be. I love it, I enjoy it. »
Octavia will be introduced to the stage with a musical blessing by traditional Lesotho musician, Mpho Molikeng. Mpho plays lesiba, ’mamokhorong, setolo-tolo, mbira, djembe and other traditional Lesotho instruments.

Octavia Rachabane: Vocals
Thato Modise: Bass
Tseko Motaung: piano
Sipho Dube: guitar
Gontse Segome : percussion
* Special guests *
Barney Rachabane : saxophone
Mpho Molikeng : Traditional Lesotho instruments


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