Celebrating one year at The Orbit
Written by: Tamara Arden
The Orbit Jazz Festival celebrates one year of live sessions. The space, situated in Braamfontein, is a live music venue and bistro that hosts musicians, performers and poets in an intimate space where expression of sound is offered. Between 13 to 15 March, listeners were invited to celebrate the local greats and come home to jazz. Champions of contemporary, classic and traditional jazz compositions featured the likes of Nduduzo Makhathini, Marcuss Wyatt, Feya Faku and Luyanda Madope and Paul Hamner.
Herbie Tsoaeli’s African Time Quintet ended the festival on Sunday night. Herbie’s music is a combination of different elements of South African music and jazz. He ıs a highly skilled virtuoso musician, extremely complementary and supportive accompanist, a gifted composer and generous ensemble player. He is known to have a joyous personality, sunny disposition, infectious laugh and friendly stance on life.
Each song played was a tribute to their paths taken in their musical careers. Gracing the stage with their talent, Tsoaeli brought on musicians to play out the end of a week and bring in the next. With Ayanda Sikade on drums, Linda Sikhakhane on the saxophone, Malcolm Jiyane on trombone and Nduduzo Makhathini playing the piano, the quintet was a strong force of musicality.
The more they played, the more people revelled in their work. Gasps of air were taken amongst sips of wine and crowd members wooed and echoed their rhythms and cheered them on while Tsoaeli spoke to the audience in between songs.
There is a warm spirit that moves in this room, bringing life into the music that is jazz. Fortunate to have experienced what they have accomplished in one year, I can only image what they will do with the next. Ensure that you have all the latest news on a weekly basis and sign up to their mailing list for show updates.
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