Virtuosos Van der Spuy and Buttery in PMB

2017-01-25 06:02
Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery will be at The Hexagon Dive on 1     February.PHOTO: supplied

Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery will be at The Hexagon Dive on 1 February.PHOTO: supplied

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HAVING shared the stage together for more than 15 years, the opportunity of catching Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery performing as a duo in South Africa has become increasingly rare.

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 January and February as they begin the year with a series of concerts around KZN, including a one-off concert at The Dive at UKZN, Pietermaritzburg.

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 “Standard Bank Ovation Award” at The National Arts Festival. These accolades led to further sold-out performances at numerous festivals and concert halls in 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, named “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 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.

The show takes place on Wednesday, 1 February at The Dive, Hexagon Theatre, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg at 7pm.

Tickets cost R120 (tables seat 10). Cash bar available. To book email hexagon@ukzn.ac.za - Supplied

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