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Sunday, November 10, 2013


(Nibs van der Spuy)

Nibs van der Spuy will launch his new album, Crossing Borders, Driving North, at one show only at the Hexagon DIVE in Pietermaritzburg on November 14.

An acclaimed South African guitarist and songwriter, Nibs made his first profiled performances 25 years ago. From his humble beginnings at the Durban Folk Club to international stages, it has culminated in the newly released, deluxe (2CD) anthology album Crossing Borders, Driving North. It spans the creative and diverse body of work from his nine highly acclaimed solo albums.

The bonus second disc, Catching Trains - Nibs solo live through Europe - traces his footsteps through his many tours through France, Germany and the UK. These intimate solo ‘live’ performances were recorded in theatres, music halls, open air festivals and from within the walls of a maximum security prison.

It seems almost poetic justice that Crossing Borders, Driving North should translate into “a journey without limitations” so it is a fitting retribution to the rites of passage of his work to date and for what is still to come.

His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a worldwide following for its intelligent folk, World and African overtones. He has been nominated seven times at the South African Music awards, performed with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and shared stages across the world with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal.

In September 2013, Nibs returned to France and the UK, promoting his new album.

Nibs will present the launch of Crossing Borders, Driving North at the Hexagon Dive on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus for one performance only on November 14 at 19h00 for 19h30. Bring picnic baskets and own food, but no drinks. Cash bar available. Tickets R70 booked through email:

Directions: The entrance is off Golf Road directly opposite Hutchinson Road; look out for the University of KwaZulu-Natal Golf Road Campus sign. The theatre has free, safe off-street parking for its patrons.

Crossing Borders, Driving North’ is available on CD and digital download at and on iTunes and will be available at each concert.