Comedy & Jazz Night
Live at The Orbit!
Stand Up Comedy & Contemporary SA Jazz

Tuesday 23rd January 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Comedy Tuesdays are back, and The Orbit and our host Kagiso Lediga, are bringing the funnies once again!
Kagiso Lediga is a South African stand-up comedian, actor and director. He has written and directed noteworthy television comedies including the cult classic the Pure Monate Show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, and the Bantu Hour.

He has played starring roles in the films Bunny Chow, and Wonder Boy for President. Smaller roles include featuring in Die Antwoord’s music video for Fatty Boom Boom as “Dr Kagiso, Dentist + Gynaechologist”, who pulls a parktown prawn out of a Lady Gaga impersonator’s vagina.

Great laughter and superb music guaranteed!

Luyanda Madope – piano & keyboard
Billy Monama – guitar
Sipho Mabena – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums

Please note not all comedians whose names appear on the poster will perform on the night.

Max-Hoba: Masithethe – Conversations In Music
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Wednesday 24th January – 20h 00 – R 100

“Given the current situation around the globe where negative energies and separatist ideas seem to be the norm. I want to challenge your soul and bring out the positive spirit that will help us not to sit back and look, but to stand against what is destroying mankind.

Let’s talk about social ills, political turmoil especially in our continent, and bring back undiluted love through song. At the end of the night we all will be happy and jolly looking forward to a new day!”

Max-Hoba – vocals
Thokozani Ntsibande – percussion
Gabriel Stuurman – piano
Tebogo Sedumedi – bass
Ntokozo Mdluli – drums
Lebo Moalusi – vocals

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Lagos Thursdays 
Live at The Orbit!

Thursday 25th January 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130

The Fast and Furious has nothing on the acrobatic music village of Afrobeat when it comes to action!

The city of Lagos despises sluggishness, and so does the music that comes with Femi Koya’s Afrobeat band. The nine-piece outfit is so hot you can’t touch them, but you can feel them!

Lagos Thursdays brings you the music of Femi Koya – Nigerian saxophonist and singer based in Johannesburg. Femi sees himself as part of a new Africa on the move; where home is not just one place but a multiplicity of places and influences.

Femi has performed and worked with Baba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Yvonne ChakaChaka, Sipho Mabuse, and Simphiwe Dana among others. He has also shared a stage with Salif Keita, King Sunny Ade ,Youssou N’dou, Sibongile Khumalo, and Habib Keita.

Join Femi Koya’s Afrobeat band on Thursday, 16 November 2017 at The Orbit as they dish out fresh music from his new album Village Afrobeat. The album will be launched in March.

Femi Koya – tenor sax
Felix Arimoro – flugelhorn
Peter Shishe – trumpet
Peter Daniyan – trombone

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

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Rebirth of Cool  
Live at The Orbit!
Old Skool Nostalgia

Friday 26th January 2018 – 20 h 30 [Bookings: R 130 | Door: R 150]

The Orbit is excited to host one of the hippest fusion bands’ first performance of 2018 on Friday, 26 January!

Rebirth Of Cool is back at it, bringing one of the freshest jazz and hip-hop sounds in the southern hemisphere. The band features several notable musicians in the form of Benjamin Jephta (bass) and Thandi Ntuli (piano), who are Standard Bank Young Artists of The Year for Jazz in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

One of the busiest musicians on the jazz circuit, Sphelelo Mazibuko, is on drums. The rhythm section is joined by a versatile horn section in the form of Senzo Ngcobo (trombone), Sthe Bhengu (trumpet), and Sisonke Xonti (tenor sax). Rebirth of Cool is completed by DJ Kenzhero and Tha Muzik on the decks.

The group’s music consists of innovative arrangements of live remixing and improvisation influenced by jazz and hip hop music techniques. The band aims to mark a major development in merging hip hop, jazz, and everything in between.

26 January promises to be a hot night of bridging the generation gap between fans of contemporary jazz and purist old school jazz.

DJ Kenzhero & Tha_Muzik
Thandi Ntuli – piano & vocals
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Sthe Bhengu – trumpet
Senzo Ngcobo – trombone

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Dumza Maswana Sings SA Standards  
Live at The Orbit!
Contemporary SA Jazz

Saturday 27th January 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

This performance will honor musicians whose music soulfully caught Dumza’s attention. These are musicians who, for Dumza, delivered innovative harmonies, engaging lyricism, expressions that brought nostalgia, with the type of melodies that invoked powerful reactions from different ages.

Maswana describes the music that inspired him to become a musician as the kind that could cross over to other spiritual realms. The musicians that sparked this fire in him include Victor Ndlazilwana, Sibongile Khumalo, Victor Ntoni, Stompie Mavi, Sylvia Mdunyelwa, and Sizwe Zako.

The show will be a connection of Dumza’s generation and the generation of these legends through a celebration of their artistry and greatness, as Dumza and fellow young jazz artists give their own interpretations of the musical gems of these icons. Of course, the performance will also include music from Maswana’s much-loved album; Molo.

Dumza Maswna – vocals
Yonela Mnana – piano
Viwe Mkizwana – bass
Lungile Kunene – drums
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Lwanda Gogwnana – trumpet

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Window Sessions
Live at The Orbit!
Open Mic Jam

Sunday 28th January 2017 – 17 h 00 – Free

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.

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