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Madala Kunene is a South African musical treasure who expresses the Kwa-Zulu landscape like no other. His unique vocal and guitar style extract the elements of his surrounds like a boundless bird in flight. ‘Madala’ means old man in Zulu, but he will always be that timeless soul and youthful musical expression. This my thanks giving to a wonderful man and friend.

One of my favourite duos and friends, virtuoso dobro player Phillip Henry and violinist Hannah Martin from the UK, laid down their incredible musical stamp to make this tune complete.


from A Circle of Swallows, released February 29, 2020

Nibs van der Spuy - Acoustic Guitar

Phillip Henry - Dobro

Hannah Martin - Violin

Mark Tucker – Percussion

From the 2016 album, ‘Natalia


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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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