Science & Cocktails with Jazz
Live at The Orbit! 

(Scientific presentation followed by SA Jazz)

Tuesday 28th February 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 20

Innsbruck, Austria, 01/2012What is Big Data? Does it matter in Africa and why? How can South Africa make the most of Big Data? And can we still trust Big Data after the opinion polls got it wrong in the recent US elections and BREXIT?

Big Data is watching you. Intelligent systems and Big Data analytics already affect our lives at many levels, from approving our loans to analysing traffic accidents and predicting the spread of diseases.

While Big Data offers an incredible glimpse into global society, the continent of Africa is starkly absent. Analyses of traditional large datasets like social media capture the local events and perspectives of African countries very poorly. Yet, with a special focus on Africa and the addition of technologies like machine translation, is it not possible to bring the continent back into the view of “big data” analytics? Is it time for Africa to embrace Big Data?

In this session of Science & Cocktails Johannesburg, Bhekisipho Twala, director of the newly-formed Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Johannesburg, will introduce us to the rapidly advancing technology that makes Big Data possible, expand on the challenges preventing the take-off of Big Data in Africa, and show how universities, industry, government and communities can come together to address these challenges and effectively use Big Data for the economic benefit of society.

Afterwards, smoky hand-crafted cocktails at the bar will slow the flow of data while Hlulani Hlangwane and her band take the stage with a distinctive mix of soul and jazz.

Hlulani Hlangwane – vocals
Wandile Molefe – piano
Paki Peloeole – drums
Thembinkosi Mavimbela – bass

Amaeshi Ikechi Trio ft. Special Guest Steve Dyer
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary NIG/SA Jazz)

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 120
Amaeshi Ikechi Trio ftThe Amaeshi Ikechi Trio has been playing together for over three years, with each member being a band leader in their own right. On Wednesday, 1 March, we will have the trio will have the privilege of hosting one of South Africa’s music giants, Steve dyer, as its special guest.

Amaeshi Ikechi Trio will play original compositions that reflect on the groups journey as a unit, with the masterful sounds of Steve Dyer gelling it all together.

The trio simply tags this performance a celebration. Be part of it.

Amaeshi ikechi – bass
Peter Auret – drums
Darlington Okofu – piano

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Happy Birthday Mama Africa with Zenzi Makeba Lee & Friends
Live at The Orbit!
(Miriam Makeba Birthday Celebration)

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150
Happy Birthday Mama Afrika with Zenzi Makeba Lee & FriendsMama Miriam Makeba is a national symbol, an icon symbolizing the flame of unity in cultural diversity within the Republic of South Africa, the continent of Africa and the world over.

She is a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, an artist, an empress of African song, an ambassador, an activist, a philanthropist and a humanitarian.

Celebrating her birthday annually is a historical and great occasion to keep her music, her name, and overall legacy alive.

This celebration is also a platform for women to express their art form, as she strongly believed in the empowerment of women as a whole.

The Orbit is proud to host this celebration of Mama Africa by her grandchildren and the Miriam Makeba Foundation.

Zenzi Makeba Lee – lead vocals
Afrika Mkhize – piano
Michael Phillips – bass
Leagan Breda – drums
Lindelani Lee – percussions

Miriam Makeba Foundation Logo

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Shane Cooper Quintet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Shane Cooper Quintet

Photo: Jonx Pillemer

Shane Cooper returns in 2017 with a new quintet of Joburg based musicians.

After a short hiatus from his acoustic group when two members left his home city of Cape Town, he decided to start a new band in Joburg, the centre of jazz performance in South Africa right now.

In this hiatus period, Shane has been touring and recording with groups like Skyjack, the Kyle Shepherd Trio, the Reza Khota Quartet, and his electronic project Card On Spokes. He now returns with a fresh batch of inspiration, presenting several brand new compositions as well as some songs from his collaborative projects, all with a focus on groove.

Shane Cooper – basses
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Robin Fassie-Kock – trumpet
Marlon Witbooi – drums
Bokani Dyer – piano & synths

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