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Saturday, August 24, 2013


Fingerstyle guitar giant Guy Buttery has launched his first live album. For over a decade, the SAMA award-winning musician has sealed the deal with fans around the globe with his idiosyncratic and powerful live shows. This July, the artist described as a “one man guitar orchestra” presents a live performance on CD and begins to promote the album.

Live in KwaZulu is a gathering of masterworks set before a live audience and strongly reaffirms Guy Buttery’s unique place in the world of guitar heroes today.

Recorded over two nights at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the album showcases Guy Buttery’s further explorations in instrumentation and innovative soundscapes. Live in KwaZulu features, for the first time on CD, his vivid interpretation of Joanna Newsom's The Book of Right On and his much loved musical saw classic Smithfield (also known as Martian Folk Song). His lifelong musical partner, Nibs van der Spuy performs on two of the 11 tracks.

For many years, the public have asked Guy Buttery to make a live album and in 2013 he decided to make the project come alive. “In many ways, I've been afraid. In a live environment there's no way to get it ‘just right’,” says Guy. “When you make music in front of an audience, there's an energy, certain dynamics, a feel, a collective experience. This isn't the studio. It’s real.”

Through the depth of his compositions and the tangible soul of the music Live in KwaZulu captures an artist live at work. This year one of South African’s most talented and loved musicians will be promoting his new album through-out South Africa, UK, USA and Canada.

Live in KwaZulu is available on a limited edition CD digipack and on digital download at and on iTunes.

For more information contact Guy Butter on email: or visit