Jazz club damaged during police-student clash in Braamfontein‚ postpones weekend gigs

15 October 2016 - 17:14 By Nomahlubi Jordaan


The Orbit Jazz Club has postponed gigs it had lined up for the weekend following the chaos that erupted in Braamfontein on Friday night. “Last night The Orbit was attacked by a small group of people who smashed the club’s front doors and torched an SABC outside broadcast car. We had a full house for Sibongile Khumalo’s performance but thankfully the musicians and all our guests were safely evacuated and damage limited to the front of our venue‚” the club said.Linda Sikhakhane is doing it again with Sibongile Khumalo tonight. What a feast! So happy for this young talented artist.Posted by The Orbit - Home of Jazz on Friday, October 14, 2016“It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the performances of When Ballet Meets Jazz tonight and tomorrow.“The Orbit team would like to say thank you for the messages of support and to reassure our community that we are working hard to be ready for next week.”Patrons will be updated on social media‚ the club said.“We opened our doors with a social mission in mind: a belief in the city of Johannesburg and the positive contribution that jazz makes to lives of people and to the arts.“Nothing has changed; Braamfontein remains the home of jazz.”An SABC van was one of the vehicles torched during the protests‚ while The Obit was also damaged.Wits has condemned the violence and said lectures will resume on Monday despite the chaos that took place.

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