Out There Session  – Poetry & Jazz hosted by Myesha Jenkins
Live at The Orbit
(Poetry &SA Contemporary Jazz)

Tuesday 15th August 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 90

August wouldn’t be women’s month without the Out There Sessions hosted by Myesha Jenkins. Women have been setting the poetry scene alight all over the country, including at The Orbit, and this month’s installation of Poetry & Jazz will be no different. We will be graced by Makhosazana Xaba, Refiloe Khumalo, and Vangi Gantsho.

Makhosazana Xaba is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005 and 2017) and, Tongues of their Mothers (2008). Her poetry has been anthologized extensively and is available from the Cambridge Poetry Archive. In 2016 she edited Like the Untouchable Wind: An Anthology of Poems. She is also the author of Running and other stories (2013), which won the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014. She is the co-editor of an anthology of short stories; Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013) which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category in 2014, and the second volume Queer Africa: New Stories (2017). She co-edited Proudly Malawian: Life Stories from lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals (2016). She holds an MA in Writing from Wits University, is a patron of the Johannesburg Review of Books, a feminist at heart and has lived in Johannesburg for over 20 years.

Refiloe Khumalo began performing poetry competitively in 2016 after her performance in a student production, titled For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, which went on to win an ovation award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Fringe Section(2016). She has since been writing stories – having recently been chosen to stage a performance at the International Women’s Theatre Festival, a play she co-wrote and will be directing as well as starring in. Her creative work is mainly centred around uplifting the voice of the black woman. However, her poetry is fundamentally driven by the many stories waiting to be honoured.

Poet and cultural activist Vangile has performed in, and conducted, workshops at poetry events and festivals around the world, and published in a number of literary publications including Sable (2010), Botsotso (2015) and New Contrast (2017). Her self-published debut collection, Undressing in front of the window, was released in 2015. Vangile is a graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and holds an MA, with distinction, in Creative Writing from the University Currently known as Rhodes University.

Yonela Mnana – piano
Lex Futshane – bass

Live at The Orbit!
(Film Screening & Contemporary SA Music)

Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 19 h 00 – R 100


What we have now come to speak of as ‘Marikana’ was a very specific conversation in so far as it was, and still is, the story of a particular people in South Africa. That these people also constitute the majority of this country has meant that the story of Marikana is broader than the specifics of the moment that was Marikana.

In the truest sense of the word, 16 August 2012 was one of the tremendous times of post-apartheid South Africa. As a result, during this time, no corner of South Africa was able to continue as if Marikana did not happen. In many negative and positive ways, we are still living the aftermath of Marikana today. The broader arts community has since been reawakened into consciousness. Now art that asks the tough questions is not only the kind you find hidden behind a hefty price tag in some gentrified-neighbourhood gallery. It’s in your handbag, in your favourite song, and on the news. Artists of all sorts are saying something about it all.

On 16 August 2017, in commemoration of the mineworkers of Marikana, 34+ encourages a conversation to further interrogate the meaning of this day and the moment that was Marikana, as well as contribute to archiving about this day.

In conversation will be an unreleased chapter on the songs of Marikana by journalist Loyiso Sidimba, a film by Aliki Saragas about Marikana’s women activists titled Strike A Rock, and a jazz performance by Viwe Mkizwana, Thandi Ntuli, Lungile Kunene, and Titi Luzipo.

The evening will start at 19h00 with a screening of Strike A Rock, which will be followed by the live jazz performance.

A percentage of proceeds will be donated to women’s organisation Sikhala Sonke.

Viwe Mkizwana – bass
Thandi Ntuli – piano
Lungile Kunene – drums
Titi Luzipo – vocals

This evening is presented in association with Loyiso Sidimba, Aliki Saragas, and Leon Sadiki.

Ziza Muftic with Paul Hanmer, Romy Brauteseth, and Peter Auret
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Thursday 17th August 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Photo: Siphiwe Mhlambi

How does a sound define the place? How do you express emotion, without being overbearing?

Croatian-born, Ziza, has been in music since age seven as a classical violinist. One of the turning points in her musical development was when a primary school teacher asked the class to draw the music she played.

As a jazz artist, Ziza hopes to discover how best to interpret someone else’s composition and give it the right frame for the context – the right feel. Ziza’s strength lie in writing beautiful, single-line melodies. In her own compositions, she hopes to find the best harmony and orchestration for her melodies.

It was the great Leonard Bernstein who called a melody a noun, a harmony an adjective, and rhythm a verb.

Helping Ziza create memorable moments on stage are sound painters in their own right; Paul Hanmer, Romy Brauteseth, and Peter Auret.

Ziza Muftic – vocals
Paul Hanmer – piano
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Peter Auret – drums

Read more about Ziza Muftic 

Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 18th August 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Dyer-logue is an intergenerational performance by Steve and Bokani Dyer.

Steve says of the collaboration: “When we get on stage there is no father and son – just intuitive communication”. What is apparent is an understanding of each other born of a long relationship that resonates through artistic expression.

Following the impactful inaugural Dyer-logue sessions hosted at the Orbit in 2016, and a duo performance at the Harare international festival of the Arts in May 2017, be sure to save the date of Friday 18th August as Dyer-logue showcases a new programme of contemporary South African music. Included will be references to family ties Steve and Bokani share in the “Dyertribe”, and social ties of collective experience.

The night will include a duo performance, as well as group material together with these fine musicians:

Steve Dyer – saxophones & flute
Bokani Dyer – piano & keyboards
Lungile Kunene – drums
Cameron Ward – acoustic & electric guitars
Amaeshi Ikechi – acoustic & electric bass

Read more about Steve Dyer and Bokani Dyer

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with Zara Julius
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJ)

Friday 18th August 2017 – 22 h 30 – R 50

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions are slowly becoming a tradition, and this Friday, 18 August we maintain the order of things by bringing you another instalment of this beautiful party at 22h30.

This time around we’re honoured to have the hip Zara Julius.

In a constant state of wanderlust, Zara Julius’s selections reflect her deep desire to travel land, seas, and time. Whilst her sets are not limited by genre, her collection boasts sounds from Africa and the diaspora – Soul, Ethio-Jazz, Salsa, Afrobeat, Cumbia all on the decks. Zara is especially interested in the evolution of spiritual music forms from the African continent, and how they exist in the contemporary age.

From 2014 to 2016, Zara was a resident DJ at one of Cape Town’s Jazz institutions; Tagore’s. She continues to select vinyl regularly in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, most notably at Vinyl DiGz and Wax On events. Recently, Zara has returned from playing a number of gigs in London, alongside artists like Nubya Garcia, Sibusile Xaba and Andrew Ashong.

Zara is inspired by how she occupies space with her audience – what makes us move, feel and groove. Join us for a soundscape this Friday, 18 August at The Orbit. Before Zara Julius, we will have a moving intergenerational Dyer-logue with Steve and Bokani Dyer and their stellar bandmates at 20h30. Guests from the Dyer-logue performance will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

Dyer-logue – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 150:
Steve Dyer – saxophones & flutes
Bokani Dyer – piano & keyboards
Lungile Kunene – drums
Amaeshi Ikechi – acoustic & electric basses
Cameron Ward – acoustic & electric guitars

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Downstairs – 22h30 – R 50:
Zara Julius

Read more about Zara Julius

En Fuego – The Orbit’s Salsa Band
Live at The Orbit!

Saturday 19th August 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

“En Fuego” is inspired by the dynamic New York style Latino sounds. This Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble bases its repertoire from some of the favourite Salseros including (but not limited to) The Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Puente, and Gloria Estefan.

This is an international ensemble and the artists of “En Fuego” have performed globally with The Afro-Cuban All Stars, James Brown, Incognito, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bebo Valdes, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, Lionel Richie, Maceo Parker, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, Eddie Palmieri, Frank Sinatra Jr, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Judith Sephuma, Sibongile Khumalo, Feya Faku, Andrea Bocelli, Claudio Roditi, Freshly Ground, among many others.

Musical Directors: David Sendef and Thomas Dyani.

DJ Sendef – trumpet
Cesar Hurtado – vocals
Marcio Houdeji – vocals
Bongeka Sweetness Mhkize – vocals
Riaan van Rensburg – timbales
Hadji nDong – congas
David Cousins – keyboard
Pete Sklair – bass
Peter Jaspan – saxes
Alex Hizeroth – trombone

Free Salsa dance class from 19h00 presented by Baila Africa.

Read more about En Fuego

Window Sessions
Live at The Orbit!
(Open Mic Jam)

Sunday 20th August 2017 – 17 h 00 – Free

As is Sunday tradition, 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