‘Once around the sun’ Festival to celebrate first anniversary of The Orbit


Anniversary-poster2‘Once around the sun’: The Orbit marks first anniversary with three-day festival in celebration of the vibrant life of SA jazz.

To mark the first anniversary of the opening of The Orbit, the club today announced that it will play host to ‘Once round the sun’, a three day celebration of the best in South African jazz. Many of the established and emerging names that have helped make The Orbit a unique space will play including Feya Faku, Marcus Wyatt, Herbie Tsoaeli and Nduduzo Makhathini.

Aymeric Péguillan, manager and joint owner is humbled by the love for the club: “What a year it has been! We set out to create something special, a spot where the music and the vibe are everything and the musicians will always be the real VIPs. This little place is now home to the elders and the next generation of musicians, and not just from jazz. We are all blessed by the support of a dedicated, eclectic audience of jazz lovers and bringing all these jazz lovers together makes for a unique vibe.”

South Africa’s established and up-coming musicians as well as visiting international stars come to jam, collaborate and play special one–off shows. It is a vibe in which the art form is respected and the legendary nights have been many.

Downstairs at The Orbit, Johannesburg's newest jazz club that celebrates its first anniversary this week (Image courtesy of Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro)
Downstairs at The Orbit, Johannesburg’s newest jazz club that celebrates its first anniversary this week (Image courtesy of Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro)

For joint owner Dan Sermand there is no doubt that a vintage year for new projects has helped. “2014? We could not have opened at a better time”, says Sermand. “What an extraordinary year for jazz, with new albums from Ndududzo Makhathini, Thandi Ntuli, Steve Dyer, Benjamin Jephta, Marcus Wyatt’s Language 12, Kesivan Naidoo and The Lights, the list goes on. Then there are the greats like Sibongile Khumalo, Feya Faku,  Herbie Tsoaeli, Marcus Wyatt, Carlo Mombelli, Kesivan Naidoo and Kyle Shepherd. We’ve been blessed to have created a stage that the people we all love want to play on and maybe a little chemistry has also happened in the club to create new projects”.

International artists have been stopping off in Joburg to play The Orbit and in this first year that has included Nils Landgren (SE), Pablo Lapidusas (BR), Somi (US), Maria Joao (PR), Artvark and Paul Van Kemenade (NL), Magnus Lindgren (SE), Canonge-Adriano-Bassy (BR/CR/CM). The collaboration with partners have also been key to making bigger shows possible including the support of Standard Bank, Pro Helvetia (Switzerland), Concerts SA, French Institute & Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institute to name a few.

The full programme for ‘Once round the sun: a celebration of the life of jazz’ is:

Friday 13 March
Nduduzo Makhathini Quintet- 6 pm
Marcus Wyatt’s Blue Note Tribute Orchestra – 9.30 pm

Saturday 14 March
Luyanda Madope Quintet – 6 pm
Feya Faku Quintet- 9.30 pm
The Orbit Anniversary Party with Dj Rushmo of Xodus – 12 pm till late

Sunday 15 March
Paul Hanmer & McCoy Mrubata Quartet – 5 pm
Herbie Tsoaeli Quintet – 8.30 pm




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