Science & Cocktails with Jazz
Live at The Orbit
(Scientific presentation followed by SA Jazz)

Tuesday 25th July 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 20

What is genome engineering and how does it work? How developed is this research in South Africa and what potential does it have? What ethical dilemmas does genome engineering give rise to? What has been done so far to address them? What can one achieve with stem cells combined with modern genome engineering tools?

Beyond the hype around genome engineering, how close are we really to seeing widely available cures based on this research?

In the past few years, the landscape of molecular biology has been rocked by the discovery of a novel tool to genetically modify our genomic DNA with unprecedented ease. In addition to the almost boundless use as a molecular tool in the laboratory, one can envisage correcting mutated genes for several, until now, incurable diseases.

This molecular tool, in combination with advances in stem cell research, provides hitherto unknown possibilities in addressing health issues, no more so than in South Africa. We can now genetically edit stem cells in the lab to create those which contain the exact mutations which lead to adverse drug reactions in the sub-Saharan African population. With tools like these, we can reassess drugs originally developed against Caucasian individuals.

In tonight’s session of Science & Cocktails Johannesburg, Janine Scholefield will use examples such as the above to attempt to address the myriad possibilities that the combination of stem cells and genome engineering can offer in modeling disease-in-a-dish. She will explain the basics of how genome engineering works, discuss the most advanced stages of this research (i.e. clinical trials) and finally expand on its potential within the unique context of the South African genetic background.

Afterwards, smoky dry ice cocktails at the bar while Sounds Of Kamo treat us to their unique style of urban and soulful jazz music.

Kamogelo Matsoso – vocals & flute
Nhlahla Ngqaqu – bass
Mark Mthombeni – keys
Steve Touch – drums


Frank Paco Art Ensemble
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary MOZ Jazz)

Wednesday 26th July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Frank Paco presents his Art Ensemble at The Orbit on Wednesday 26 July, featuring some of Johannesburg’s top artists: Tich Makalisa on keys, Amaechi Ikechi on bass, Linda Sikhakhane on sax and Zoë Modiga on lead vocals.

Audiences can expect be taken on a journey through the pulsating rhythms and sultry melodies of Sub-Saharan Africa and the continent, infused with jazz elements from across the spectrum to create an exquisite layered fusion.

The Frank Paco Art Ensemble has received excellent responses and reviews from audiences across SA including at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Standard Bank Youth Jazz Festival and venues such as Cafe Roux, Manenberg’s and The Crypt.

Frank Paco – drums
Zoë Modiga – vocals
Amaeshi Ikechi – bass
Tich Makalisa – keys
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor sax

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Femi Koya’s Afrobeat Band
Live at The Orbit!
(Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat)

Thursday 27th July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

Lagos Afrobeat and Highlife is back at The Orbit, as we celebrate Fela Kuti with Femi Koya’s Afrobeat band. Femi and the band will be revisiting the legacy of the king of Afrobeat for the night.

The nine-piece Pan African Afrobeat band will bring down the house at The Orbit with Fela classics like Zombie, Shakara, Sorrow Tears And Blood, Lady, No Agreements, etc. Femi will also be playing his Afrobeat tunes from his latest album Iba which promises to light up the night.

Horn Players
Femi Koya – tenor sax
Dr Felix – flugelhorn
Peter Shishe – trumpet
Peter Daniyan – trombone

Maxwell Baloyi – keys and piano
Gali Ngobeni – bass
Karo Ndoite – guitar
Seun Adibari – drums
Oyedele Segun – talking drums

Read more about Femi Koya 


Trains To Taung at 20
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 28th July 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

This performance night is about honouring the people who were involved with the recording, mixing, mastering, and promotion of the music on what became known as Trains to Taung , the album which really opened all musical doors for Paul Hanmer in 1995.

It is about the musicians, the engineers, the record company, the radio DJs, and some of the journalists who spread the word and the sound of this album.

Trains To Taung has recently been released on vinyl, some of which will be available at the performance. Paul Hanmer and band members will play all songs from this iconic album, and also introduce some newer ones which have not as yet been released on any medium.

Paul Hanmer – piano
Justin Badenhorst – drums
Basi Mahlasela – percussion
Louis Mhlanga – electric guitars
Andre Abrahamse – fretless 4-string electric bass
Peter Sklair – 6-string electric bass

Read more about Paul Hanmer


The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with HD Fingarz
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJ)

Friday 28th July 2017 – 22 h 30 – R 50

Friday’s here and, once, again, we’re celebrating the old skool with vinyl on 28 July.

This time around HD Fingarz joins us to spin some of the best music from his collection from 22h30.

Also known as Vusi Hlatywayo, HD Fingarz is a graphic designer, beat maker, and one-half of Fly Machine Sessions, a vinyl duo started in Pretoria but now based in Joburg.

He is a collector of mostly South African records ranging from funk, jazz, disco, boogie, bump jive and soul. HD Fingarz has been playing for almost five years with Fly Machine Sessions partner, Naledi Chai.

Join us for a night of celebration on Friday, 28 July as we raise a glass to twenty years of Paul Hanmer’s iconic record, Trains To Taung at 20h30. After that, we keep the party going downstairs with a set by HD Fingarz from 22h30. Guests from the Trains To Taung at Twenty performance will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

Trains To Taung at Twenty – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 150:
Paul Hanmer – piano
Peter Sklair – 6-string electric bass
Andre Abrahamse – 4-string fretless bass
Justin Badenhorst – drums
Louis Mhlanga – electric guitars
Busi Mahlasela – percussion

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Downstairs – 22h30 – R 50:
HD Fingarz

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En Fuego – The Orbit’s Salsa Band
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 29th July 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 fafavourite alseros 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 & percussion
Marcio Houdeji – vocals
Bongeka Sweetness Mkhize – vocals
El Hadiji nDong – congas
Dave Cousins – keyboard
Riaan van Rensburg – timbales
Jason Green – bass
Speedy Kobak – trombone
Janus van der Merwe – saxes

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

Sunday 30th July 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