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Thursday, April 22, 2021


(Guy Buttery & Nibs van der Spuy. Pic by Tim Hopwood)

Having shared the stage together for more than 20 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 van der Spuy 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 however all changes this month as they kick off their first series of concerts since the pandemic around their home province of KZN.

After an eight-year silence on the recording front, the musicians have released a spell-binding live album, Live in Lisbon. It sees their return with a stripped-down performance beautifully captured beside the mighty Tagus River just outside the capital city of Portugal. This will be the duo's first opportunity to tour their new release and is also their first concerts since the European tour when this was recorded in September 2019.

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.



April, 30 2021.

Westville Theatre Club, 6 St James Avenue (Westville Pool), Westville

Tickets R180. Doors open at 19h00 for 19h30 show

Bring picnic baskets and wine



May 1, 2021

Cane Rats, Monzi Golf Estate, Mtubatuba, Monzi at 16h00 for 16h30

Tickets R180. Bring your own picnic/chairs/blankets

Bookings: Contact Despi on 076 1553 999 or email:


May, 2 2021

Mtunzini Country Club, 43 Hely Hutchinson Road, Mtunzini

Doors open at 12h30 for lunch, with show starting at 14h00

Tickets R200 (including carvery lunch)

Bookings: 035 340 4310