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Friday, February 16, 2018


(Nibs van der Spuy & Yasamin Shahosseini)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music will presents acclaimed South African Folk Roots guitarist Nibs van der Spuy who will join forces with Iranian, oud virtuoso, Yasamin Shahhosseini on the first Twosday gig for 2018 on February 20, 2018, at 18h00.

Van der Spuy says, “I never been as excited about a collaboration since Yasamin and I have decided to work together. She is so rooted in her deep Persian tradition, but yet at the same time she wants to fuse her influences with my Southern African and global folk and world styles. Living in different continents, we have already started the creative process, by sending each other ideas. This has really stretched me by leaps and bounds and I truly believe something special is going to come out of this.”

The musicians plan to record an album on this tour in and between many shows on the road.

Van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Raised in the fertile province of KwaZulu-Natal, he immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first-hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond.

After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.

Shahosseini was born in Tehran on November 4, 1992. Her rare virtuosic talent on the Oud was discovered at an early age when she enrolled at the Tehran Music School. During her formative years she won many solo competitions which led her to study Persian traditional music at Tehran University.  Her extraordinary unique style was taken notice by many diverse ensembles which resulted in her performing with the ‘New music orchestra’, ‘Meta X’, ‘Derang’ and ‘Three Ouds’.

Since graduating in 2014, she has been lecturing at the Tehran music school and involved in many Oud workshops around the world. She has also performed extensively in Iran, Australia and Germany. In 2015 she released her first solo album, Gahan, to great acclaim.

She is working now in Pouyesh an ensemble specializing in Persian traditional music. She is extremely excited to be working on a unique collaboration with Nibs van der Spuy to tour South Africa in February 2018.

Join Nibs van der Spuy and Yasamin Shahhosseini on February 20, 2018, at 18h00 (doors open at 17h30) at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College. Level 2, Shepstone Building at UKZN Howard College Campus.

General entry R80 (R50 pensioners, R25 students with a student card). For more information contact Thulile Zama on 031 260 3385 or email: 
Further performances take place as follows:

February 22-23 at 18h00 at the Caversham Mill Restaurant. Bookings 033 234 4524
February 24 at 19h30 at the Westville Theatre Club in Westville. Bookings: or +27728024129 (Wapp) R120 ppm. Bring picnic baskets
February 25 at 15h00 at Twinstreams Environmental Centre.  R100 ppm (R80 pensioners and students). A proceed will go to Wildlife Conservation. More information on