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Out There Session – Poetry & Jazz presented by Myesha Jenkins with guest poets Dr Thando Mngqibisa, Xabiso Vili and B-Lyrical
Live at The Orbit!
(Poetry and SA Contemporary Jazz)

Tuesday 21st of June 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 90

Out There Session hosted by Myesha Jenkins at The Orbit every third Tuesday of the month. This month’s Out There Session invites three poets.

Dr. Thandokuhle S. Mngqibisa is a performing poet, medical doctor and an activist for women’s issues born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1984. The major themes of her written and medical work center around the issues of women in the setting of modern South Africa. She has performed on various platforms including literary festivals, radio and TV shows. She has also been published by various online and print news media publications.

Xabiso Vili is a writer, performer and poet obsessed with social development. He has performed his poetry around South Africa, UK and America, including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Grahamstown, London, Scotland and Washington D.C.
He is the 2014 and 2015 WordNSound Poet of the year, 2015 Spoken sessions league champion and 2015 Speak Out Loud Youth Poetry Competition Champion.

Bella “B-Lyrical” Cox is a spoken word slam and performance poet, musician and media creator. She hails from Kenya, with Anglo-Spanish ethnicity and has been performing in and around Gauteng, South Africa since early 2014. She is a WordnSound Top 5 finalist in Johannesburg for 2015, as well as a perfect poem nominee. She also placed second for the 2015 Spoken Sessions poetry league in Pretoria and has won multiple amateur slam competitions around Gauteng.

Lex Futshane – double bass
Yonela Mnana – piano

Ndabo Zulu Sextet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

This will be one of the special nights one wouldn’t want to miss at the Orbit – Home of Jazz. The band is made of young lions who are shining brighter every single day on their instruments. With Ndabo Zulu and Martin Nodeland as current winners of the “Jazz i sikte” competition (Norway) 2016 with ZULU sextet, Linda Sikhakhane being one of the founders of H3 (a really hip horn section/band), Sanele Phakathi, a regular feature  with H3 and many other leading musicians, and lastly but not least Benjamin Jephta (a SAMA and Metro awards nominee) and Sphelelo Mazibuko, one of the most active drummers on the Johannesburg scene.

Ndabo Zulu is a trumpet player from Durban, South Africa, who started playing trumpet at the age of 11 in the field band foundation, and also attended Siyakhula in Umlazi with Dr Brian Thusi. After finishing school, he studied for 2 years at UKZN in the music department until he got an opportunity to go for one year at an exchange program in Norway. He then took an audition at the University of Stavanger and was accepted to begin his bachelor in jazz trumpet studies.

Band line up:

Ndabo Zulu -Trumpet
Linda Skhakhane – Tenor Saxophone
Martin Nodeland – Guitar
Sanele Phakathi – Piano
Benjamin Jephta – Bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – Drums

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Billy Monama´s GrazRoots Project
Live at The Orbit!
(Legacy/Heritage SA Jazz)

Thursday 23rd of June 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 150

The GrazRoots Porject presents the Revisit of Jack Lerole, Abdulah Ibrahim, Allen Kwela and West Nkosi´s music.

The group was formed to fulfill and refresh the music desire across the world. This project established by Billy Monama aims to perform, revisit famous artists´ well known repertoires but also revive and reclaim South African Heritage music. The name Grazroots simply derives from grass roots, that means authentic in Billy´s interpretation.

This group is a collaboration between highly profiled South African & International, bandleaders, arrangers, award winners, composers in their own rights. This is a very exciting Seven-piece Band from different cultural backgrounds producing strong and infectious melodies from the past (heritage) and present.

Heritage preservation is an essential part of any country that values itself. South Africa have a long way to go compared to many other countries around the world simply because of its Unique Cultural Diversity. What’s missing is for all South Africans to embrace themselves through the art-form of music and other disciplines.

Band line up:

Lwanda Gogwana –Trumpet/Flugel
McCoy Mrubata – Tenor Saxophone
Billy Monama – Guitar
Themba Mokoena – Guitar
Mdu Mtshali – Piano
Concord Nkabinde – bass
Paki Peloeole – Drums

Special Guest – Nomfundo Xaluva – vocals
Sibusiso Lerole – pennywhistle

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Presented in partnership with Concerts SA

Bheki Khoza – Let´s Play Sing and Dance
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary and Legacy SA Jazz)

Friday 24th June 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

This time you’ll experience an extended version of Bheki Khoza with backing vocals and more vocals songs. Reflections on the artists who inspired him as well as some more composition that have been penned over the years. This will be more on the higher energy and bordering on spirit. Before the kick off, snippets of two piano solo albums will be showcased on DVD downstairs (not part of the live performance). Some material from an album of Khoza with the main singers in the country. Bheki is very excited to bring some compositions which had not been released officially due to some publishing theft that surround SA. His regular quartet will be augmented by sweet female voices that have blessed stages around the globe and who are a great acts in their own right.

Band Line up:

Bass – Lex Futshane
Piano and keyboards –  Mncedisi Kupa
Drums – Sphiwe Shiburi
Guitars – Bheki Khoza
Vocals – Boni Zulu, Sonto Khumalo and Sweeri.

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En Fuego The Orbit’s Afro Cuban Salsa Band
Live at The Orbit!
(Salsa)

Saturday 25th of June 2016 – 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 favorite 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.

Cesar Hurtado     (Vocals, Percussions)
Marcio Houedji    (Vocals)
Riaan van Rensburg    (Timbales)
Ngari Ndong        (Congas)
Paul Hanmer       (Piano/keys)
Jason Green       (Bass)
Dan Selsick         (Trombone)
Kevin Davidson   (Saxes)
DJ Sendef           (MD, Trumpet, Percussions & Vocals)

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