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I played with Gito Baloi in his last show, on 4 April 2004. A few hours later he was brutally murdered on the streets of downtown Johannesburg. This was my humble attempt of writing something in his musical style, hence the 5/4-timesignature which is at the heartbeat of some traditional Mozambican music. The vocal melody, with his voice in mind was so beautifully captured by Brendan Jury’s viola. We integrated Gito at the end of the song by adding a sample of his voice from one of our last concerts together. A chilling cry and beautifully haunting.


from A Circle of Swallows, released February 29, 2020

Nibs van der Spuy – Guitar

Brendan Jury – Viola

Guy Buttery – Mandolin

Barry van Zyl – Percussion

Gareth Gale – Percussion

Brent Quinton - Bass

From the 2006 album, ‘Beautiful Feet’


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Nibs van der Spuy Durban, South Africa

South Africa guitarist, singer-songwriter Nibs has been touring the world for well over a decade. Journalists from all over the globe and predominantly Europe have cited Nibs as a fresh voice in the ‘Nu folk’ movement. With his virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric voice he has enchanted listeners from small intimate theatres to large festival stages. ... more

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