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Monday, October 25, 2021


(Above: Guy Buttery & Nibs van der Spuy)

Having shared the stage together for more than two decades now, Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery capture the spirit of South Africa, with its vast melting pot of influences and musical landscapes. At the end of last year, Nibs and Guy released their follow up SAMA Nominated record Live in Lisbon captured on their most recent tour of Europe. Due to COVID-19, the duo have not yet had the opportunity to tour the album.

That all changed this month with nine concerts scheduled between the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal with their final concert set inside the beautiful Dlinza Forest in Eshowe.

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 festival in Toulouse, France, and this inspired a new combination of performances and sowed the seeds for recording their début album together. In The Shade of the Wild Fig showcases their mutual interest and deep love for World Music and different folk styles featuring numerous instruments such as the cuatro, mbira, tanpura, sitar and various acoustic guitars.

Nibs and Guy 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.

Buttery has been featured in the world’s biggest selling guitar magazine Guitar Player which saw him performing at leading guitar festivals throughout Europe, India, Brazil, Australia and the USA. He has also received numerous major national awards including the esteemed SAMA (South African Music Award) for Best Instrumental Album of the Year and was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist of the year. In the same vein, Van der Spuy is a highly-acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter, being featured in leading publications from France’s Liberation to the UK Guardian. He is constantly touring with his biggest support base being in France.

Their follow up album Live in Lisbon was recorded next to the Tagus river in Belém on the outskirts of Lisbon. It was their first performance as a duo in Portugal. Speaking about the evening, van der Spuy commented: “It had been a good while since we had played live together, but all the essential ingredients were still very much present. Neither of us were aware that everything was perfectly in place and that we were being recorded. From this intimate setting in Portugal, with a bunch of beautiful people who came from all corners to be a part of this wonderful evening, we are incredibly happy to share this recorded moment with the rest of the world."

The final performance of their tour of KZN and Western Cape will take place at 14h00 (doors open 13h00) on October 31, 2021, at the Dlinza Forest - In Conjunction with Ezemvelo (Bishops Seat), in Eshowe, Zululand

Tickets R150 booked through Quicket at

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