Acclaimed South African ‘Folk Roots’ Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Nibs van der Spuy releases his first solo album, ‘Maiden of the river’ in seven years today, 4 May 2022. Written during lockdown along the Lisbon coast, the album’s ten intimate songs convey a deep message of hope, deliverance, and healing in a world off balance.
Where Lisbon’s Tagus River joins the Atlantic Ocean, set the scene for the colourful canvas for Nibs’ newly written material. With its majestic coastal forts, hidden chapels, pristine ancient gardens and abandoned convents, the inspiration flowed in real-time. As Nibs said, “One could feel the memories of years gone by mixed with elements of nature in the present, and the power of the Creator orchestrating the magic of song. It was also a time when I was missing my mother thousands of miles away in Africa but had the comfort and ever presence of our Blessed Mother.”
‘Maiden of the river’ was recorded by Nibs’ dear friend Guy Buttery in the Kwa-Zulu, Natal Midlands over December 2021. It features beautiful guest appearances by Guy (sitar), Mark Kilian (Esraj), Shane Cooper (upright bass), Julian Redpath (vocals and atmospherics), Clare Vandeleur (cello) and Quinton Song (flutes).
As Nibs continued, “The first lockdown in early 2020 was the longest time I spent on my own. I had just arrived back at my second new home outside Lisbon, and the musical ideas just effortlessly began to flow, almost in perfect sync to the different emotions people were going through. People really started to look inward and to the source and to things which really mattered. I escaped after dark each night on my bike with my guitar and found a quiet spot on the steps of an 18C chapel, perched on top of a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With people locked indoors and cars off the road, creation really began to sing. The bird calls were more pronounced, and the symphony of the ocean’s roar was joyous.”
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To celebrate the release of the album Nibs will be playing a couple shows across South Africa kicking off on the 5th May.
Tour dates and details:
Thursday 5 May, Shed and Silo, Benoni, 6pm
Bookings: +2764 102 3230
Sunday 8 May, Die Ou Pastorie, Skeerpoort, North West, 12pm
Saturday 14 May, Slouw, Potchefstroom
Bookings: +27 82 097 3438 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 18 May, MITH (Music in The Hills) Hilton, KZN
Thursday 19 May, Zululand Yacht Club, Richards Bay, KZN
1 Commodores Close, Meerensee, Richards Bay
Time – 6:30PM
Bookings: contact Dudu at 035 788 0256
Friday 20 May, Westville Theatre Club, KZN Westville Theatre Club
6 St James Ave. (Westville Pool), Westville, KZN
Doors open at 7pm for the 7:30pm show.
Bring picnic baskets and wine.
Saturday 21 May, ST. Clements, Durban, KZN
191 Musgrave Road, Durban
R120, doors open 6pm
Bookings: 031 202 2511 email@example.com
Thursday 26 May, Summerhill Guest Estate, KZN
9 Belvedale Rd, Cowies Hill, Pinetown, 3610
Tel: +27635291966 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 4 June, Mushroom Farm, Howick, KZN
11 Karkloof Road, Howick, KZN Midlands
Bookings: email@example.com +27 60 470 1218
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