NOTICE: The Orbit is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm to 1:30 am. Generally performances start at 8 or 8.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday at 6pm & on Sundays (unless indicated otherwise)

Bombshelter Beast
Live at The Orbit!
(Afrobalkan Skadubhall)

Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Bombshelter Beast is a thing to behold. Pitch Black Afro and his extended family! The Beast will feature extra special guests Pitch Black Afro, Pule, Jaco from Bittereinder , DJ Bob…. This will be the fourth witnessing of 2016 … Afro Balkan Skadubhall music is the way forward!

This group of renegades is STILL wanted by Interpol’s Jazz Police division in several countries, but have managed to evade incarceration thus far. They struggle to describe their sound, though when cornered by genre detectives have unanimously selected “other”. You will most likely hear some sounds unfamiliar and some less so – but you will find it strangely pleasing and you may wish to move around a bit. The band was overjoyed to be reunited with long lost cousin and notorious rhyme juggler, Pitch Black Afro. Here you witness another family reunion! Afrobalkan Skadubhall music at its pioneering best.

Band line up:

Pitch Black Afro – voice
Pule – voice
Alex Hitzeroth – sousaphone
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Sisonke Xonti – saxes/clarinet/flute
Janus VD Merwe – saxes/bass clarinet
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet/vuvuzela
Bez Roberts – trombone/vuvuzela
Speedy Kobak – piano accordion/trombone
Aldirt Du Toit – guitars
Justin Badenhorst – drums

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Mike Bester Trio
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 4th of May 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Michael Bester is a graduate of the renowned UCT jazz program, and has also studied in New York City under some of his heroes, like Peter Bernstein, Jonathan Kreisberg, Ben Monder and Gilad Hekselman.
He is passionate about the post-bebop styles of American jazz. After a recent visit to New York, a city packed with intimate venues populated by incredible guitar trios, he decided to form the Michael Bester trio, with the dream rhythm section of Ariel Zamonsky and Peter Auret, both established musicians on the local Jazz scene.

The band strives to push the boundaries of the traditional guitar-bass-drums trio, using Michael’s own compositions alongside time-honoured jazz standards as a vehicle for improvisation. The trio format gives the band the freedom to experiment with every parameter of the music. From re-interpreting harmonic and rhythmic aspects of the song, to employing effects and sonic textures in collective improvisation, the band has a firm rooting in the jazz tradition, but creates a modern sound.

Ariel Zamonsky – Double and electric bass
Michael Bester – guitar
Peter Auret – drums

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

Thursday 5th of May 2016 – 20 h 00 – 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.

Cesar Hurtado (Vocals, Percussions)
Marcio Houedji (Vocals)
Riaan van Rensburg (Timbales)
Ngari Ndong (Congas)
Paul Hanmer (Piano/keys)
Peter Sklair (Bass)
Dan Selsick (Trombone)
Janus VD Merwe (Saxes)
DJ Sendef (MD, Trumpet, Percussions & Vocals)

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Luyanda Madope Trio and H3
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 6th May 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Luyanda Madope and H3 – Connecting Generations – is coming back to the Orbit before the release of their upcoming album, and it is always our joy to be back at The Home of Jazz.

We can’t wait to present some of the great works from South African composers, the likes of McCoy Mrubata, Thandiswa Mazwai, Feya Faku and Young Lions like Sakhile Simani. It’s going to be a special night to experience this group of talented musicians led by Luyanda Madope.

H3 is one of the hippest horn sections we have in the country, young talented musicians from KZN. We also have the great Tlale Makhene on percussions who will be just back from a tour in the USA. On drums, we have one of the most exciting versatile young drummer in the country, Lelo Mazibuko from Newcastle, who is a SONOR endorsee. On bass, and for the first time playing with us at The Orbit, we just can’t wait to welcome Vuyo Manyike, super talented hip bass player. Be ready for some serious fireworks.

Finally, and as you know already, this concept is about Connecting Generations through music and history of our country. And we will also have a special guest that night. Come join us for a musical feast.

Band Line Up:

Luyanda Madope – piano and keys
Sthe Bhengu – trumpet
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor sax
Senzo Ngcobo – trombone
Vuyo Manyike – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
Tlale Makhene – percussions

Read more about Luyanda Madope

The Marcus Wyatt Six
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 7th of May 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Marcus Wyatt returns to The Orbit with another new and unique line-up, featuring tuba, upright bass and 2 drummers. The group will also feature great young tenor saxophonist Linda Sikhakhane – this will be the first time that the two horn players perform together. MW 6 will perform a range of new and old compositions by Wyatt, and the double drummer line-up is sure to make this a truly fresh and exciting concert not to be missed.

Band line up:

Marcus Wyatt – trumpet/flugel
Linda Sikhakhane – tenor
Justin Sasman – sousaphone
Ariel Zamonsky – upright bass
Tumi Mogorosi – drums
Justin Badenhorst – drums

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Bholoja (Swaziland)
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary Afro Pop)

Sunday 8th May 2016 – 18 h 00 – R 130

Bholoja is a very gifted, humble and celebrated young musician from Africa’s southern kingdom, Swaziland. His striking multi-colored voice and his native lyrical songs has won respect and expanded his following across national borders. Bholoja is Swaziland’s rising symbol of song, art and culture. His greatest inspiration is Swazi tradition and way of life. Bholoja’s music seeks is to ensure that an essential part of our cultural heritage does not fall victim to historical neglect.

Band Line Up:

Bholoja – Acoustic guitar and vocals
Daniel Chulu – Bass guitar
Paul Banda – Lead guitar
Josephat Banda – Drums
Mayenziwe Dlamini – Saxophone
Lindelwa Ngubane – Backing vocalist
Velemseni Ndimandze (Velem) – Backing vocalist + opening act