Life And Death On The Other Side Of The Dream
Vuma Ian Levin Quintet

Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 120

Multi-award winning guitarist Vuma Levin’s second album, Life And Death On The Other Side of the Dream, is on the one hand, a personal reflection on the last seven years he has spent in the Netherlands in a kind of self imposed exile away from home, thinking through issues of race, nation, gender, power and being.

On the other hand, it is broader reflection on the existential contradictions and crises facing the post-apartheid South African self (in this uncertain juncture of our history) at home, in the diaspora, and in an age of globalisation.

To this end, the music is deeply hybrid in nature fusing, contemporary jazz, rock, hip hop, pop, nguni-sotho choral and gourd bow song, Ghoema, Marabi and a variety of other urban black syncretic forms that arose out of the African experience of apartheid.

Furthermore, it explores texture as a musical parameter by making use of digital sound design and prepared instruments.

Vuma Levin – guitar
Bokani Dyer – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Peter Auret – drums
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet

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African Freedom Principle: Composer’s Workshop!
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Wednesday 24th May 2017 – 20 h 00 – R 130

The Afrikan Freedom Principle is a Concert Series that was initially set up presented in Cape Town from 2013 to 2014 . At present it is an umbrella movement that has collaborated with luminaries such as Shabaka Hutchings (UK) winner of the 2013 MOBO award for Jazz, Louis Tebogo Moholo Moholo the last remaining band member of the highly influential Blue Notes and Brotherhood of Breath, Dizu Plaatjies founder member of Amampondo and Errol Dyers pioneer of the Goema genre in the Western Cape.

From the 15th to the 28th of May 2017 the Afrikan Freedom Principle will set course a music intervention program presented and facilitated by Matchume Zango (Moz), Cara Stacey (Swazi) and Mandla Mlangeni (SA). Spread out across various venues and educational institutions across Johannesburg.

Afrikan Freedom Principle is set to facilitate cultural participation through music and the arts. In its 2017 incarnation, the Afrikan Freedom Principle travels to Johannesburg and Soweto specifically to investigate how these types of collaborations can be re-articulated into educational models for learner musicians.

A series of compositional workshops are planned for 2017 (15th – 30th May) in which three regional composers of different musical backgrounds meet to create music together and to facilitate workshops and performances with local students. In these, the importance of experimentation, improvisation, research techniques and local-derived foundational compositional methods will be emphasised in keeping with the focus of the Afrikan Freedom Principle: respectfully drawing on local, southern African cultural legacy to inform new, innovative musical practice.

Mandla Mlangeni – trumpet
Cara Stacey – piano & percussions
Matchume Zango – percussions

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African Freedom Principle: Living Legacy Project!
Live at The Orbit!
(Contemporary SA Jazz)

Thursday 25th May 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 200

Under the Banner of promoting African music heritage during Africa Month: The Living Legacy Project is the canvas through which a sustainable model for young and older established musicians to share their talents in the form of regular and constant engagement with audiences in the form of open rehearsal at venues where the public can freely access the music making process.

For a period of a week The Living Legacy Project will present a vast array programming that will take place at the Orbit, Soweto Theatre and the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music.

This project aims to create an incubator that will facilitate and encourage young and older established musicians to share their talents in the form of regular and constant engagement with audiences in the form of open rehearsal at venues where the public can freely access the music making process.

A very integral part of this program is focusing on developing new material. Showcase the cross border collaborations to local audiences, communities and schools. Afrikan Freedom Principle through the Living Legacy Project aims to expose new and interesting work to people who would otherwise have no access to a live performance showcase of the eclectic offerings .

Louis Moholo – drums
Barney Rachabane – saxophone
Siyavuya Makuzeni – trombone
Feya Faku – trumpet
Andile Yenana – piano
Khaya Mahlangu – saxophone
Steve Dyer – saxophone
Marcus Wyatt – trumpet
Tumi Mogorosi – drums
Gontse Makhene – percussions
Ariel Zamonsky – bass
Bokani Dyer – piano
Oscar Rachabane – saxophone
Mandla Mlangeni – trumpet

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Fashion Meets Jazz!

Friday 26 May 2017 – 18 h 00 – R100

Fashion Meets Jazz is a collaborative creative platform between The Orbit & The CW to showcase emerging fashion talent. The aim is to spotlight emerging fashion creatives, as well as provide a platform for knowledge sharing & discussion on the state of the fashion industry in South Africa today. The partnership with Jazz also aims to spotlight the long-standing love affair between jazz & fashion, and create a platform for emerging jazz musicians to share their work with a broader audience.

This monthly event will tackle a range of topics relevant to the fashion industry & emerging creatives, pulling on the knowledge & resources of established figures in the industry. It will also showcase works by emerging & established South African fashion brands through a fashion installation.

This is not just an event, but a movement. We’d like to invite you to wear your rhythm & join us as we celebrate the best of South African talent, in both fashion & jazz!

There will be a panel discussion including panelists Ayanda Nhlapo, Shaldon Kopman (Naked Ape) and Ayanda Mthembu (Aya Velase).

Thula Sindi, Ephymol, Naked Ape and Aya Velase to show off their fashion!

And the Zoe Modiga Trio brings the jazz!

Brought to you in association with Three Ships Whisky and JHB Culinary & Pastry School.

R100 gets you in (25% discount to students (bring your own valid student card :-)!). Limited seats available, contact us on 011 339-6645 / 081 534 2867 or email us at for bookings.

Dress code: Wear Your Rhythm.

Rebirth of Cool
Live at The Orbit!
(Old Skool Nostalgia)

Friday 26th May 2017 – 20 h 30 – R 130 (pre-paid) or R 150 (at the door)

Are you ready, gentle folk?

Join Rebirth of Cool at none other than The Orbit for a divine night of familiar with a scintillating twist, as the band and the maestros on the decks come together along with the ever-exciting H3 Horn Ensemble accompanying.

Take a trip of the senses with, and let Rebirth of Cool spin you miles away.

DJ Kenzhero
Tha Muzik
Thandi Ntuli – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Sphelelo Mazibuko – drums
H3 – tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone

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

Saturday 27th May 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 – MD, trumpet, vocals.
Cesar Hurtado – Lead Vocals, percussion
Marcio Houdeji – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Bongeka “Sweetness” Mhkize – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
El Hadiji nDong – Congas
Nick McCreadie – Timbales
Jason Green – Bass
David Cousins – Keyboard
Dan Selsick – Trombone
Janus van der Merwe: – Saxes

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The Orbit’s Salsa Band To Breathe Into Another Voice:
A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry edited by Myesha Jenkins
(Book Launch)

Sunday 28 May 2017 – 14 h 00 – R40

Join us for the launch of the book, To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African Anthology of Jazz Poetry. A first for the country, this book features work by over 40 South African writers responding to jazz music. Through their words, we hear jazz as they share their memories, their tributes and how the music changed their lives.

During the launch, some of the Gauteng writers will read their poetry answering to Yonela Mnana on piano and Lex Futshane on bass.

Books will be available.

Windows Sessions
Live at The Orbit!

Sunday 28 May 2017 – 17 h 00 – Free Entrance

The Window Sessions hosted by Banda Banda. Music, Food, Wine & Fire! A relaxed environment featuring different musicians every week with many coming to join this jam session… So bring your instrument, your voice or just come and relax.