Kesivan Naidoo’s Special Quartet
Live at The Orbit!

Wednesday 27th of May 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


As he takes his seat behind the drums and cymbals, Kesivan Naidoo is transformed into a musical force of nature. Since he started playing at the age of 11, the East London-born drummer has scooped one award after the other. He was selected to serve in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1995, 1999 and 2000, and became the youngest ever winner of the National Endowment for the Arts’ overseas scholarship, sponsored by the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO). The energetic drummer used the prize to travel to India where he studied under India’s percussion guru Professor Sanjoy Bandopadhyay at Bharati University, Calcutta. To top it all, Naidoo walked away with the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in the jazz category.
What distinguishes Naidoo is his penchant for cutting-edge bands. Besides his work as a well-respected sideman he is a member of four innovative bands: a jazz outfit called the Restless Natives, electronica band Closet Snare, Indo-fusion group Babu and a percussion ensemble called The Lucas Niggli Drum Quartet. In the past 10 years, the 30-year-old artist has also been part of a straight-ahead group, Tribe.
After winning the Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2009, Kesivan Naidoo decided to put together “The Lights” which is the bringing together of some of his favourite musicians both locally and internationally.

Kyle Shepherd (Piano)
Romy Brauteseth (Bass)
Kesivan Naidoo (Drums)
Feya Faku (Trumpet)

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Comedy & Jazz at The Orbit!
Kagiso Lediga & Friends – Luyanda Madope Quartet

Thursday 28th of May 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Top Comedian Kagiso Lediga invites his friends at The Orbit!
Recognized today as one of the country’s pioneering black comedians in the country & given his invaluable contribution to local comedy, Kagiso Lediga has certainly earned his right to be called a South African comedy legend. For over a decade – this multi talented comedian has entertained audiences in the live space, on the small screen, on the big screen and also now from behind the screen producing some of the most groundbreaking comedy content this country has ever seen. He is a natural storyteller with an enigmatic comedy style that blends schoolboy charm with creative genius, sharp intelligence & wit. However, if there was a SA Comedy Hall of Fame – it is his achievements thus far that would entrench his position there.

Luyanda Madope Quartet
In music circles Luyanda Madope needs no introduction. His trajectory has been well documented. Pianist, producer and session musician, Madope brings with him a treasure trove of accolades. Asanda Bum’s critically acclaimed Afro-Soul album “Fragile” is a true testament of Madope’s arsenal. Anybody that has listened to that album will attest to its solidity. The young producer also lent his Midas touch to Judith Sephuma’s “I Am I a Living Testimony” album. The aforementioned projects established Madope as a formidable force in the music industry.

Luyanda Madope (Piano & Keys)
Lwanda Gogwana (Trumpet)
Lelo Mazibuko (Drums)
Sipho Mabena (Bass)

Kyle Shepherd Trio
Live at The Orbit!

Friday 29th & Saturday 30th of May 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


The music you hear will be drawn from The 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, Kyle Shepherd’s repertoire of both recorded and unreleased original compositions.
In her review of the trio’s Dream State double album in 2014, revered Jazz music journalist, author and historian, Gwen Ansell, wrote: “Repeat listening to the same material on record underlines what a distinctive voice Shepherd now has. Those fragments of musical home that have always characterised his compositions and playing are still there; the reworkings, though, are often unexpected and subtle, emerging from a modern and personal pianism that isn’t in anybody’s shadow.
Band leader and composer, Kyle Shepherd, one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists and composers of his generation, is fast gaining international recognition for his distinctive compositional style and performances.
The 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award winner for Jazz already has a well-established record of celebrated performances in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA.

Kyle Shepherd (Piano),
Shane Cooper (Bass)
Jonno Sweetman (Drums)

This performance is presented in partnership with Standard Bank

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Nono Nkoane
Live at The Orbit!

Sunday 31st of May 2015 – 18 h 00 – R 100


Nono Nkoane; A jazz singer and composer from kwa-Langa, Cape Town; South Africa. Born to a family with a very rich history in music, she was bound to find herself immersed in this world.
Nono’s exposure to Jazz music was to be found at tertiary. Nono studied at the Tshwane University of Technology. She studied Jazz and contemporary music. Her studies in this field helped transform her into a composer and singer with a depth that is unmatched.
Nono has found herself on many great stages with many Great performers; from the Robben Island Festival, Standardbank Joy Of Jazz, Stellenbosch Amphitheatre, Baxter theatre, State theatre (Tshwane) to parliament. She has also shared the stage with Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma, Bra Hugh Masekela, Dizu Plaatjies, Ernie Smith, Lungiswa Plaatjies, The late Mirriam Makeba and Jabu Khanyile, and many more Greats.

Nono Nkoane (Vocals)
Ntando Ncaphu (Piano)
Thuto Motsemme (Bass)
Sibusile Xaba (Guitar)
Tshepo Tsotetsi (Saxophone)
Ntsikelelo Mcwabe (Trumpet)
Bonolo Nkoane (Drums)

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