The Kyle Shepherd Quintet features some of the most exciting, young musicians on the South African Jazz scene today, with Shepherd on piano, Lwanda Gogwana on trumpet, Sisonke Xonti on tenor sax, Benjamin Jephta on bass & Marlon Witbooi on drums.
In this, their third visit to the Orbit, audiences can expect to hear the band perform material from Shepherd's evocative repertoire of recorded and new unreleased compositions which sees them blend their profound respect for their traditional roots with inventive arrangements that are always fresh and forward thinking!
Shepherd has released seven critically-acclaimed albums, namely, Sound Portraits from Contemporary Africa – SWR New Jazz Meeting 2016 (featuring, inter alia, Lionel Loueke), Noem My Skollie (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Dream State, Into Darkness, South African History !X, A Portrait of Home and fineART.
The award-winning virtuoso pianist, is the recipient of the 2018 South African Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Awards: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018, hosted by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), for Best Musical Composition for his composition, Noem My Skollie, the coveted UNISA National Piano Competition Award  as well as the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award  in the Jazz Category.
Kyle Shepherd – piano
Benjamin Jephta – bass
Marlon Witbooi – drums
Sisonke Xonti – tenor sax
Lwanda Gogwana – trumpet