Comedy & Jazz Night
Live at The Orbit
(Stand Up Comedy & Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 12th December 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Comedy Tuesdays are back, and The Orbit and our host Kagiso Lediga, are bringing the funnies once again!

Kagiso Lediga is a South African stand-up comedian, actor and director. He has written and directed noteworthy television comedies including the cult classic the Pure Monate Show, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, and the Bantu Hour.[1] He has played starring roles in the films Bunny Chow, and Wonder Boy for President.[2] Smaller roles include featuring in Die Antwoord‘s music video for Fatty Boom Boom as “Dr Kagiso, Dentist + Gynaechologist”, who pulls a parktown prawn out of a Lady Gaga impersonator’s vagina.

Great laughter and superb music guaranteed!
Luyanda Madope – piano & keyboard
Billy Monama – guitar
Sipho Mabena – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums 

Please note not all comedians whose names appear on the poster will perform on the night.

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC)
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 13th December 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

Photo: Christelle Duvenage

After a year’s worth of playing the European circuit, and two years’ absence from The Orbit, BCUC is back!

Join BCUC at The Orbit on Wednesday, 13 December, as the electrifying group takes Joburg on a whirlwind of nostalgic, futuristic, and honest South African soundscape.

BCUC is a live music-performing band from Soweto. The band’s music derives from a blend of genres across the ages. They draw inspiration from indigenous music that is not exposed in the mainstream.

BCUC sings ritual songs, around-the-fire hood songs, shebeen songs, church songs, and they infuse them with raps and a rock-n-roll attitude.

Come with us and explore the arresting hot cocoon of indigenous soul-ution.


Zithulele Nkosi – vocals
Kgomotso Mokone – vocals
Letlhogonolo Maphunye – vocals, rap, whistles & percussions
Thabo Ngoepe – vocals, rap, bass drum
Thabo Mangel – congas
Skhumbuzo Mahlangu – bass drum
Mosebetsi Nzimande – bass guitar

Read more about BCUC

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

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 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 Houdeji – vocals
Bongeka Sweetness Mkhize – vocals
Shammah Simpson – timbales
El Hadji Ndong – congas
David Cousins – keyboard
Jason Green – bass
Speedy Kobak – trombone
Neil Engel – trumpet

Free dance lessons at 19h30 hosted by Estile Cubano.

Read more about En Fuego

Dominic Egli’s Plurism with Feya Faku
Live at The Orbit!
(SUI Contemporary Jazz)

Friday 15th December 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150 

After their two releases; Untitled Yet and FUFU TRYOUT, the resourceful and many-sided collective PLURISM – around tireless drummer and collector of sounds, Dominic Egli – presents its third album, MORE FUFU!

The record is a colourful declaration of love to the African continent, its dishes and its dazzling music. Sometimes more, sometimes less close to the original influences, PLURISM transcends the realm of an imaginary African folklore and puts it in the context of the contemporary jazz idiom.

With his dream line-up Ganesh Geymeier, Fabien Innanone, and the legendary South African trumpeter, Feya Faku, Dominic Egli works with raw sensuality, explosive coolness, and earthy playfulness to create song-like melodies, complex and driving grooves, and eruptive solos.

“Bold artistic palate. Well, drummers have always been leaders – from Art Blakey to Elvin Jones – the legacy prevails and you, Dominic, are the rightful heir together will all the other great jazz musicians of your generation. Your wide musical canvas celebrating Africa stretches from Cape Town Ghoema to Malian Chants, Congo, down to Madagascar, and back to Feya Faku’s all-encampasing musical sensibilities.

Talking about the canvas; I was remained of Zakes Mda’s novel, “Cion“, where he talks about quilt designs that Africans made as slaves in the American south. Designs of rivers, mountains, landscapes imagined beyond servitude – freedom signposts that the brave could use to emancipate themselves from oppression and spiritual demise. You, my friend, have done that with this offering. Ewe bolero!” -Andile Yenana

Dominic Egli – drums
Ganesh Geymeier – tenor sax
Fabien Iannone – bass
Feya Faku – trumpet

Read more about Dominic Egli


The Orbit Vinyl Sessions with Charles Leonard 
Live at The Orbit!
(Vinyl DJ)

Friday 15th December 2017 – 22 h 30 – R 50

Work is out, holidays are on, and just before everyone heads to the coast, it’s time for one last Jozi get down this Friday, 15 December with The Orbit Vinyl Sessions.

Charles Leonard is a DJ, editor, broadcaster, journalist and a collector of vinyl.

He has been collecting vinyl for five decades now and he loves sharing records from his eclectic, vast collection. Charles’s approach with his sets is to share, introduce, remind, surprise and entertain – he plays everything from jazz to soul, reggae to rock, dub to electronica, township jive to hip-hop, blues to funk.

His records are a mix of old and brand new. “I never stop collecting,” Charles explains.
“You will hear brand new hip-hop and electronica, through to crackly jazz from the 50s, symphonic soul from the 70s, reggae pressed in 1970s Kingston, through to incredible, dusty 45s from South African townships.”

So, what do his sets sound like?

“I enjoy my sets to be like when a friend comes to visit me at home and I play them a selection of my favourite records,” says Leonard.

Charles works as arts and culture editor at The Conversation Africa. He writes about music and culture for the Mail & Guardian and Rapport. He is also a radio presenter, and is currently doing a series on politics and music on the SABC station, RSG.

He DJs at Stanley Beer Yard, Kitchener’s in Braamfontein and has regular reggae sets in Vosloorus on the East Rand.

Come over for one last vinyl party at 22h230 downstairs at The Orbit. Before that, join us upstairs at 20h30 for an ode to the beautiful African continent with Dominic Egli’s Plurism. Guests from Dominic Egli’s Plurism will get free entrance to the vinyl sessions.

Dominic Egli’s Plurism with Feya Faku – Upstairs – 20h30 – R 150:
Dominic Egli – drums
Ganesh Geymeier – tenor sax
Fabien Iannone – bass
Feya Faku – trumpet

The Orbit Vinyl Sessions – Downstairs – 22h30 – R 50:
Charles Leonard

Read more about Charles Leonard 

Friendship Celebrated Through John Coltrane: A Love Supreme 
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Saturday 16th December 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 150 & Sunday 17th December 2017 – 17h00 – R 150

 This is a celebration and appreciation to the music of John Coltrane.

It focuses on the life and the journey that one of South Africa’s most respected drummers, Ayanda Sikade, has taken with his brother, Nduduzo Makhathini, under the leadership and influence of Mr Trane as spiritual and musical Master.

The two musicians will also be celebrating their friendship and brotherhood, reflecting on 17 years they’ve been playing together with Master Zim Ngqawana and other great leaders. The performance will focus more on the spiritual journey that Sikade has so far enjoyed with these amazing people.

Join Ayanda Sikade as he celebrates life and friendship with pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, while giving honour and respect to Master Trane for his contribution to their lives.

Ayanda Sikade – drums
Nduduzo Makhathini – piano

Read more about Ayanda Sikade and Nduduzo Makhathini