Nibs van der Spuy, one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa, will play at Shapes of Africa on 5 March – get ready! He is releasing his brand new ‘A Circle of Swallows’ – an Anthology of his recorded work of the past two decades!
Raised in the fertile province of KwaZulu-Natal, Nibs 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 around the world.
His third solo release, BEAUTIFUL FEET received highly acclaimed accolades this week. Nibs continues to spread his musical beauty around the world where he has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi, Kelly Joe Phelps, Piers Faccini, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Shawn Phillips. He recently recorded the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.
Nibs’ latest release,’ NATALIA‘, was produced by world renowned producer Mark Tucker (Portishead, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull). Besides working on material for an upcoming album on the Lisbon Coast, Nibs has also toured and recorded with Iranian oud virtuoso, Yasamin Shahhosseini.
YOU TUBE LINKS:
Nibs – Anna Rosa
Official Video for BEAUTIFUL FEET