Bokani Dyer’s Swiss Quintet
Live at The Orbit!

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th of July 2015 – 20 h 30
(Jam Session on July 7th – R 50 & Bokani Dyer’s Swiss Quintet on July 8th – R 120)


The vitality of contemporary South African jazz meets with Swiss precision and musicianship with a result of inspired, soulful and expressive jazz. The music of Bokani Dyer reveals a heritage of diverse influences that embrace his roots as well as his context in the contemporary musical landscape of South Africa. His compositions create a fabric that tells a unique but universal story of coming together. In this spirit, the music is never far from home. Dyer plays with four great representatives of the Swiss jazz scene: Mats Spillmann, Donat Fisch, Norbert Pfammatter and Stephan Kurmann, all experienced and gifted artists who during Dyer’s residency at the Bird’s Eye Jazz club in Basel (May 2014) took ownership of his music and brought their personalities to the sound. Their interpretation of the music points to the long standing influence of South Africa on the Swiss jazz scene and celebrates and amply complements the multi-award winning Dyer.

Bokani Dyer (Piano)
Donat Fisch (Saxophone)
Matthias Spillmann (Trumpet)
Stephane Kurrman (Bass)
Norbert Pfammatter /Drums)

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

Thursday 9th of July 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 100


“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.

Cesar Hurtado (Vocals, Percussions)
Thomas Dyani (Timbales)
Riaan van Rensburg (Congas)
Paul Hanmer (Piano)
Ariel Zamonsky (Bass)
Dan Selsick (Trombone)
Justin Yusuf Holcroft (Saxes)
DJ Sendef (MD, Trumpet, Percussions & Vocals)

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Nnunu Ramogotsi
Live at The Orbit!

Friday 10th of July 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


Nnunu Ramogotsi is a young lady born in the South East of Botswana, Ramotswa. She was born in the year 1977. Nnunu is a member of Women of Jazz Botswana Group that has contributed musically in taking Botswana’s flag to greater heights. The group comprises of Punah Gabasiane, Nnunu Ramogotsi and Kearoma Rantao.
Nnunu has also worked with Jean Michel Byron the lead singer of the group TOTO, who played a very big and important role in her album to give it an appealing and international feel. This gave birth to her first solo album ‘MMASONOKO.’ She had her album preview on the 14th of May 2012 at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC), which was a great success. She is a lyricist, composer, performer and actress. Nnunu recently launched her album ‘Mmasonoko’ at GICC on the 14th September 2012. Nnunu shared the stage with renowned singer, Steve Kekana, who was the curtain raiser for Nnunu.

Nnunu Ramogotsi (Vocals)
Lister Boleseng (Saxophone)
Andrew Chinganga (Saxophone & Flute)
Wynton Senwelo (Drums)
Bobo Rramolemana (Guitar)
Sakkie Nonong (Bass)
Tendai Kuzora (Keys)

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David Helbock Trio (Austria)
Live at The Orbit!

Saturday 11th of July 2015 – 20 h 30 – R 120


In these years since 2010 the multi-award-winning 30-year old pianist created an international stir first and foremost with his non-conformist trio Random/Control. Its highly concentrated use of diverse brass and woodwind instruments presented and presents itself thus far on two albums and in many concerts as a virtuoso, witty anomaly. Helbock’s current trio shows unconventional and humorous facets as well.

Raphael Preuschl is not plucking a double bass or an electric bass, but a bass-ukulele. ”It sounds very loud and percussive, in some way quite African, which suits my music well“, Helbock explains happily. Herbert Pirker plays his drums accordingly dynamical, sometimes almost eruptive. In lyrical passages highly sensitive, in fast moments with pronounced energy and hard beats that almost resemble rock esthetics. Pirker works with jazz-players (e.g. Louis Sclavis) as well as with pop bands, for example with the rapper.

David Helbock (Piano)
Raphael Preuschl (Bassukulele)
Herbert Pirker (Drums)

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Titi Luzipo Sextet
Live at The Orbit!

Sunday 12th of July 2015 – 18 h 00 – R 100


Titi Luzipo is a name synonymous with “talented” among the streets of Port Elizabeth and its historical surroundings. Born into a musical family, Titi has become a household name in the Jazz circles of the Nelson Mandela Bay. Having completed Matric at Victoria Park High School (PE) in 2010 she moved to Cape Town where she studied BMus in Jazz Performance at the University of Cape Town and currently completing a course in Musicology at The University of South Africa.
By the tender age of 22 she has shared the stage and worked closely with local and international music stars including Feya Faku, McCoy Mrubata, Gloria Bosman, Judith Sephuma, Zonke, Caiphus Semenya, Loyiso Bala, Nduduzo Makhathini, Herbie Tsoaeli and Georges Benson to mention a few.
She has also performed in front of President Jacob Zuma, former President Kgalema Mothlante and other notable government leaders at high profile events countrywide. 2011 saw Grammy award nominated and world renowned producer Zwai Bala take her under his wings and further exposed Titi’s outstanding and most entertaining gift of performance. During this time, while working on her debut album with this music giant and hit maker, she carried on to be experienced by major organisations and events such as: the Shanduka Foundation; Anglo-American; Mining Indaba; Nelson Mandela International Film Festival; SAfm’s Melting Pot of Sounds, Under Joburg Skies produced by Zola Maseko where she was the assistant music director and production assistant.
Titi is no stranger to the Orbit stage. She has delivered intricate melodies from her mother’s songbook under a concept she birthed titled Songs My Mother Taught Me. She comes back with a great bunch of musicians singing standards, blues, swing and some new compositions from her lovely band:

Titi Luzipo (Vocals)
Sthe Bhengu (Trumpet)
Senzo Mzimela (Trombone)
Linda Sikhakhane (Saxophone)
Thandi Ntuli(Piano)
Viwe Mkizwana (Bass)
Lelo Mazibuko (Drums)

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