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Roots Sessions – Nibs Van Der Spuy
Wednesday, 24 October @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Nibs is one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists to come out of South Africa. Raised in Kwazulu-Natal, growing up listening to The Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and has formulated a truly consummate and original sound.
“Excellent! A voice full of wonder and humility of the songs it sings.” (ROLLING STONE) ** August 2013
After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years, and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came when supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER label (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.
His third solo release, BEAUTIFUL FEET received highly acclaimed accolades around the world, where it was album of the month in four German publications and RADIO FRANCE FIP pick of the week. Nibs continues to spread his musical beauty around the world, where he has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi, Kelly Joe Phelps, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Shawn Phillips, as well as recording the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.
Nibs’ new solo album, NATALIA, was recorded with world renowned producer Mark Tucker (Portishead, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull), and is available now.
“A discovery! Classical touches, Zulu melodies and his thrilling airy voice” (LE MONDE, FRANCE)
“Beautifully weighted and filigreed acoustic playing” (UNCUT)
“The most sensitive and breathy songs on the continent with classy, gently sturdy guitar work” (GUARDIAN UK)