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Hagar (Israel)
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary Middle Eastern Soul)

Tuesday 24th of May 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Hagar’s show brings people to a powerful and energetic musical experience. Blending Egyptian soul and poetic lyrics with Jaffa streets beats and rich authentic instrumentation. Hagar is the brainchild of musicians Hagar Samir & Lenny Ben Basat and consists of a seven piece band.

Hagar Samir was born and raised in 1987 in Jerusalem. Her parents are Egyptians; their origin is from the Nile delta. Hagar’s music is deeply influenced by her father Nabih Muhyiddin Sarhan, a poet and activist who had to flee Egypt for his poetic views that were broadcasted regularly over Egyptian radio. He was recognized as “Iben el Riff”, which in Arabic stands for “the son of the farmland”. Hagar’s father was denied exile in many countries. He and the family settled in Israel in the summer of 1968. Hagar translated her dad’s poems into songs. She also writes lyrics with her mother Nabawia Ibrahim Musa. The poems, her life experiences and her mixed identity all translates into a deep, emotional, unique and powerful voice.

Growing up in Jerusalem, witnessing the separation and rift between the two nations, though forming a part of Israeli culture, had created in Hagar the deep urge to unite people and bring them together despite of their differences, through Music and Dance.

“I am working with my partner Lenny Ben Basat who created powerful beats based on classical Egyptian motives, which speak straight to the heart. I sing with the voice of my soul, with respect to the traditions of the past, the hope of the future and the passion to bridge between people”…

Lenny Ben Basat is one of Israel most prominent musical producers and writers.

Hagar and Lenny are currently in the process of writing and recording Hagar’s full debut LP album.

This event brings something yet to be experienced at the Orbit home of Jazz and will be accompanied by the beats of DJ Babaganoush.

Titi Luzipo and H3
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 25th of May 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Titi Luzipo returns to the Orbit to celebrate Africa Day under her concert series – #SongsMyMotherTaughtMe. Joining with maestro Zwai Bala’s Oneness Campaign which has been receiving global recognition – this show aims to showcase wide diversity with special guests Zwai Bala, Gloria Bosman, Ayo Solanke and others.
With the consideration of the 25th being Africa Day – Titi and Zwai have decided to join forces to propagate the importance of unity and ubuntu in Africa. The Oneness Campaign will bring in more media personnel and would like to have the show recorded.
#SongsMyMotherTaughtMe is a concept that birthed in 2014 and is based on the rich history of Titi’s background. The aim of this concept is to re-live South African Music and celebrate African standards that have been forgotten.

This show serves as a pre cursor to Titi’s self titled upcoming album and is powered by Concerts SA Mobility Fund.

Band line up:

Thandi Ntuli – piano
Viwe Mkizwana – double bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – Drums
Linda Sikhakhane – Tenor Sax
Sthe Bhengu – Trumpet
Senzo Ngcobo – Trombone

More about Titi Luzipo

In partnership with Concerts SA.

Thuto Motsemme – Album Launch
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Thursday 26th of May 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Thuto Motsemme is a KZN born and bread bass player and composer. He has worked with the likes of Feya Faku, Steve Dyer, Ernest Dawkins (USA) to name few.
He has just released his debut album called “My dream”, which was produced by pianist and composer also from KZN, Nduduzo Makhathini. His music is Jazz fused with elements of African music, church music, pop, funk and American Jazz.

On the 26th of May 2016, he will be performing with his sextet composed of Mzamo Bhengu, Tebogo Mokoena, Thami Mahlangu, Mlungisi Mhlongo, Bonolo Nkoane and special guests are Nono Nkoane, Titi Luzipo and Senzo Ngcobo.

Band Line Up.

Tebogo Mokoena – tenor sax
Tami Mahlangu – tenor sax
Nhlanhla Mahlangu – alto sax
Mlungisi Mhlongo – keys and piano
Thuto Motsemme – bass
Bonolo Nkoane – drums

Special Guests:
Nono Nkoane – vocals
Titi Luzipo – vocals
Senzo Ngcobo – trombone

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Neil Engel Quintet
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Friday 27th May 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Neil Engel comes back to the Orbit with his quintet. Audiences can expect a blend of blazing modern jazz with some melodic, harmonic and grooving sounds reminiscent of the Cape. There’ll be mostly original compositions featuring solos and interpretations by some of our countries best jazz musicians.

Neil Engel, originally from Cape Town, is now a Johannesburg based trumpet player and producer who is proficient in a number of genres. He studied Bmus jazz at UCT. This emerging artist loves to take audiences on a diverse musical journey.

Artists he arranged, recorded and performed with include: Abdullah Ebrahim, Jimmy Dludlu, Loyiso Bala, Danny K, Elvis Blue, Kabelo, Black Coffee, HHP, Liquideep, Zonke, AKA, Maysa Leak, Garth Taylor, Tucan Tucan, Vusi Khumalo, Naima McClean, Wanda Baloyi, Robbie Jansen and Swing City. Neil has also taught at various institutions such as the University of Stellenbosch in 2005/2006 where he taught trumpet and jazz improvisation. He was also involved in community projects in Cape Town. He is also an arranger and producer in various genre’s, and works with a variety of vocalists in the South African music industry.

Band Line Up:

Trumpet: Neil Engel
Piano: André Peterson
Guitar: Michael Bester
Bass:   Ariel Zamonsky
Drums: Kenny Williams

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

Saturday 28th May 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 150

Siya Makuzeni is well known for her extensive musical range, vocal dexterity, experimental creativity, her passion for symbiotic cross – genre influences; and her band Siya Makuzeni Sextet present the amalgamation and embodiment of Makuzeni’s skills as a solo artist. The Sextet fuses traditional jazz instrumentation with modern electronic effects and chant-like Afro-influenced loops and soundscapes; ensemble-like harmonised vocal pads and the repertoire travels from Mbaqanga grooves, soulful ballads and polyphonic rhythms to small combo jazz.

The band members are:

Siya Makuzeni – Vocals ,Trombone, FX Loops
Thandi Ntuli – Piano / Keyboards
Ayanda Sikade – Drums
Benjamin Jephta – Upright/Electronic Bass
Sakhile Simani – Trumpet / Flugelhorn

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