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).

Lesedi Ntsane´s Azanian People´s Movement
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Lesedi Ntsane is originally from Kwa Thema in Springs but he has been based in New York City for the last few years working there as a musician after graduating at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

He leads his own band called the Azanian People´s Movement. He graduated from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) with a Diploma in Music in 2010. In 2011 he moved to New York City to further his studies at the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he had the privilege of private tutelage of Billy Harper, Jimmy Owens, Charles Tolliver, Cecil Bridgewater, Marcus Printup, Andrew Cyrille, Gerald D’angelo, etc.. He has also been fortunate top work with Rene McLean, Jazz and The Lincoln Centre, Chop and Quench and Resura Arkestra among a number of various projects.

In SA, he had the pleasure of working with great musicians and bands such as the Phatt Brass Big Band led by John Davies, The New Cool ensemble lead by Dan Selsick. He also did various sideman appearances with various groups and various genres.

The South Africa Jazz Foundation also featured him in 2010 as part of the Big Band with Gloria Bosman, Feya Faku, Howard Johnson and Lyne Arrialle

He had the privilege of working with bands like the Violent Femmes (2007) and in 2009 he had the honor of playing lead trumpet for O’jays Sunshine Tour in South Africa. This is his first appearance at The Orbit – Home of Jazz.

Band Line up

Lesedi Ntsane – Trumpet
Tumi Mogorosi – Drums
Nduduzo Makhathini – Acoustic Piano & Keys
Marc Duby – Bass
Karo Ndoite – Electric Guitar

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Mimi´s Night of Showcase Feat. Mdu Mtshali and Sydney Mavundla
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary and Legacy Tango)

Wednesday 24th of August 2016 – 20 h 00 – R 130

My very first appearance at the home of Jazz…. I’m very excited to be presenting my 2nd offering “Your Love” album which showcases the very essence of my musicality and passion in the form of original love songs, richly rooted in Urban & African sounds. On the night I will be accompanied by an incredible band, featuring some of the most talented local artists such as Mdu Mtshali (Piano), Sydney Mavundla (Trumpet), Sbu Sibanyoni (bass), Kenny Williams (drums) and Ayo Solanke (saxophone). You can expect to hear beautifully composed & arranged material, that speaks of love in all different aspects! Come and enjoy the night with us.

Born with a talent that was soon to be discovered, Mimi started performing at a very tender age. She is blessed with an incontestable talent to beat many her age. The highly acclaimed young South Africa’s jazz vocalist/ lyricist Mimi originates from Boksburg-Ekurhuleni.
Armed with a Jazz Performance Degree from UCT her astonishing vocal abilities paved way for her and she found herself sharing the world’s big stages with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Judith Sephuma, Jimmy Dludlu, Themba Mkhize, to name just a few at home. She has also proudly shared the stage with big names internationally including Khadja Nin, Rita Marley, Joe McBride and Lauryn Hill.

After gaining good accolades from performances around the world and after having worked with incredible amount of talents, Mimi released her award winning album named “Essence of my soul” which was loaded with warm tunes, eclectic beautiful melodies (including video song Goodbye Loneliness).

This young overly talented songstress will be often seen on big stages singing assorted Jazz- Incredible selection of songs, classics from the repertoire of the most terrific singers of the 20th Century; Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan. This time given a modern and a wonderful twist with beautiful arrangements that swing and amazing execution of the ballads.

Mimi simply is an embodiment of a “prodigy” in the Jazz Scene following incredibles like Miriam Makeba, Caiphus Semenya, Hugh Masekela. Her most anticipated 2nd album called “Your Love” is full of amazing love songs with amazing African Sounds.

Band line up:

Mimi- Lead Vocal
Mdu Mtshali – Piano
Ayo Solanke – Saxophone
Sydney Mavundla – Trumpet
Sibusiso Sibanyoni – Bass
Kenny Williams – Drums
Raymond Green – Guitar

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

Thursday 25th of August 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)
Cesar Hurtado (vocals)
Marcio Houedji (vocals)
Riaan van Rensburg (timbales)
El Hadiji nDong (congas)
Jason Green (bass)
Paul Hanmer (keys)
Dan Selsick (trombone)
Janus vd Merwe (sax tenor)

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Salim Washington and Sankofa
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary US/SA Jazz)

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2016 – 20 h 30 – R 180

Drawing its’ inspiration from the Sankofa bird, a Ghanian symbol of the return of diasporic Africans to the motherland, the Sankofa band is a true representation of moving forward whilst looking back. With matured sounds honoring the traditions of jazz and sounds of today that tell stories of modern day life, this collective of South Africa’s great jazz musicians are led by Professor Salim Washington.

For this special ensemble, Professor Salim Washington brought together musicians whom he feels share his sentiments about music and life. Now residing in South Africa for the past 3 years, Salim has recorded his 3rd album upon his return to the motherland. For this band 2016 begun on a high note in January as they left crowds in great admiration after their performances in Johannesburg at the Afrikan Freedom Station and The Orbit – Home of Jazz. Recorded at the SABC Studios, lovers of jazz music are patiently waiting for the release of the spiritually moving music they experienced. The album is due for release before the year ends.

Salim explains his aesthetic goals: “I have had many years of experience playing in various size jazz ensembles, playing in festivals and other gigs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean. The scope of what I want to say musically and socially is now requiring a larger platform. I am now using multiple horns and multiple voices as well as a slightly expanded rhythm section. It is my ultimate goal to have the jazz band expanded by a philharmonic orchestra, South African choir, and Pan African percussion ensemble (with styles ranging from West African to Cuban and Brazilian influences). The vocal component should also include poetry, which not only makes a nice bridge between semantic content and music, but also gives vent to direct social commentary to compliment the music.”

In partnership with Concerts SA

Band Line up:

Salim Washington – tenor sax, oboe, flute
Siyanda Zulu – trumpet & flugelhorn
Leon Scharnick – alto sax
Nokwanda Nkala – Clarinet
Nduduzo Makhathini – piano
Dalisu Ndlazi – double bass
Ayanda Sikade – drums
Genius Illusion – Beatboxer and Rapper
And a quartet of vocalists

View his website
Read more about Salim Washington


Conversations in Orbit – Is 90% local really so lekker? Chaired by Jazz journalist and writer Percy Mabandu with a panel of guests – followed by Sisonke Xonti´s Iyonde band
Live at The Orbit!
(Arts discussion debate & Contemporary SA Jazz)

Sunday 28th August 2016 – 18 h 00 – R 80

The Orbit – Home of Jazz, in partnership with Gwen Ansell, is launching a new concept every last Sunday of the Month – Conversations in Orbit – where discussions about the arts take center stage.

Guest panellists: Brenda Sisane – Jazz journalist and radio show anchor Kaya Fm, Don Laka – pianist, songwriter, music producer and entrepreneur, Dave Alexander – Sheer Publishing and Prof. Salim Washington – American Jazz musician and academic based at UKZN.

The theme for this second Conversation in Orbit is “Is 90% local really so lekker?

A 90% local content quota across all the public broadcaster’s channels has been highly praised by some, and contested as a constraint on freedom by other.
Our panel will debate the following questions:
– What are local content quotas? What do they apply to, and how do they operate?
– Do music quotas work?
– Do they constrain the freedom of broadcasters?
– What’s the right figure: the SABC’s 90%, ICASA’s recommended 30% (commercial stations) and 70% (public broadcasters) – or some other percentage?
– Do best-practice models exist anywhere for how quotas can be implemented?
…and finally, what does it really take for a local content broadcast music quota to translate down the line into significantly increased hard cash for musicians?

Supported by The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg, Pro Helvetia – The Swiss Arts Council and Concerts SA

Band Line up:

Sisonke Xonti – soprano and tenor sax
Bokani Dyer – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums