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Friday, January 27, 2017


(Nibs Van Der Spuy & Guy Buttery.  Pic by Deborah Roussouw)

Having shared the stage together for more than 15 years now, the opportunity of catching Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing as a duo in South Africa has become increasingly rare these days. With their demanding schedules as solo artists and with Nibs being based six months of the year in Portugal, the duo only manages a handful of shows together a year, if any at all.

This all changes this January and February as Guy and Nibs kick off the year with a series of concerts around their home province of KZN with stops in Westville, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Dargle and Mtunzini.

These two internationally renowned musicians have toured many major festivals and venues throughout Europe and the UK in promotion of their SAMA nominated album, In the Shade of the Wild Fig. The duo has also won the very prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award at The National Arts Festival. These accolades led to further sold-out performances at numerous festivals and concert halls in both South Africa and in Europe receiving rave reviews for both their live show and their recorded work. Van der Spuy and Buttery were then invited to perform with the 52 piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest orchestra” and were later voted “Top Live Show of the Year” by The Cape Times.

These two virtuosos collaborated on a series of shows in the early and mid-2000’s before their respective solo careers took off with whirlwind individual touring schedules across the globe. Their performing paths crossed at a major festival in Toulouse, France, and this inspired a new combination of performances and sowed the seeds for recording a full length album together. In The Shade of the Wild Fig showcases their mutual interest and deep love for World Music and different folk movements featuring numerous instruments such as the cuatro, mbira, tampura, sitar and various acoustic guitars.

Their upcoming live performances will showcase their numerous recordings as well as the collected live work which is unique to every concert. They capture the spirit of an exciting New South Africa, with its vast melting pot of influences and colour.


January 27 & 28 at 19h00: Westville Theatre Club, 6 St. James Avenue, Westville. Price R120. Contact – / 072 802 4129

February 1 at 19h00: The Dive, The Hexagon Theatre, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R120. Contact – / 033 260 5537

February 2 at 19h30   ArtSpace Gallery, 3 Millar Road, Durban. Tickets R120. Contact

February 4 (doors open at 12h00):  Zuvuya Farm, Dargle Valley, Midlands. Tickets R100. Contact / 082 354 1472

February 5 at 12h30: Mtunzini Country Club, 49 Hely Hutchinson, Mtunzini. Tickets R100. Contact or 035 340 1779

Visit Nibs and Guy’s Facebook page at

Listen to their debut album here –