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).

Siya Makuzeni Sextet
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Contemporary Jazz)

Tuesday 6th of December 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Led by Siya Makuzeni, Standard Bank Young Artist of The Year for Jazz 2016, this sextet draws musical influences from Xhosa music, traditional and modern jazz, soul, electronic and experimental music. The Siya Makuzeni Sextet has had prominent performances throughout 2016, with appearances at the Safaricom International Jazz Festival (Kenya), Dans Blues Jazz Festival (Mauritius), South Africa’s Joy Of Jazz Festival, as well as being billed as the opening act for the Jazz Epistles Reunion performance in June this year.

Siya Makuzeni – vocals & trombone
Amaeshi Ikechi – bass
Bokani Dyer – piano
Mthunzi Mvubu – alto sax
Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet
Lungile Kunene – drums

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Bokani Dyer Trio
Live at The Orbit!
(SA Contemporary Jazz)

Wednesday 7th of December 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Photo credit: Niamh Walsh-Vorster

Bokani Dyer’s music is appreciated for it’s emotional depth with soulful and spiritual notes, sophisticated concepts, and simply presented notions. He draws on a multiplicity of influences, from his Southern African cultural heritage through to Bach, Abdullah Ibrahim and Miles Davis, crafting and creating a repertoire based on musical egalitarianism. Bokani’s music is a celebration of all music with no borders. His most recent album, World Music, is true to this ideology.

Bokani Dyer – piano
Romy Brauteseth – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums

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

Thursday 8th of December 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.

DJ Sendef – trumpet/ MD
Cesar Hurtado – vocals
Marcio Houedji – vocals
Bongeka Dyani – vocals
Riaan van Rensburg – timbales
El Hadji nDong – congas
Jason Green – bass
Paul Hanmer – keys
Dan Selsick – trombone
Janus van der Merwe – tenor sax

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Espen Eriksen Trio
Live at The Orbit!
(Norwegian Jazz)

Friday 9th & 10th of December 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 180

Photo Credit: Andreas Kleiberg

Norway’s Espen Eriksen Trio plays highly lyrical music with elements from Scandinavian folk. It’s a minimalist approach to jazz with a strong focus on melodies. Formed in 2007, the group’s worldwide touring has led to a tight unity with a dazzling use of dynamics, ranging from melancholic moods to hypnotic grooves. The trio has been described by the BBC as “superb musicians at the top of their game”. After three successful performances in Cape Town, the trio will wrap up their tour of South Africa with two nights at The Orbit.

On Saturday, 10 December, they will feature South African trumpeter extraordinaire, Marcus Wyatt.

Espen Eriksen – piano
Lars Tormod Jenset – bass
Andreas Bye – drums

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Early Christmas Jazz with Prince Lengoasa & Friends
Live at The Orbit!
(Christmas Special)

Sunday 11th of December 2016 – 18 h 00 – R 130

This promises to be a great hangout for families and friends alike as we gear into the festive season. To celebrate this time and the music associated with it, Prince Lengoasa & Friends have chosen “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” as the theme of the evening’s performance. As the group reflects on the year that’s been, the evening will be one of christmas carols with a twist. Audience members can also expect some classical and jazz items.

Prince Lengoasa – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals, cornet, mellophone
Motheo Lengoasa – vocals
Sibusiso Sibanyoni – bass
Bernice Boikanyo – drums
Mduduzi Madalane – piano
Featuring a Brass Quintet

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