“This excellent career overview shows a voice full of wonder and humility of the songs it sings.” Rolling Stone **** (August 2013)
“Each and every song on this collection is remarkable testament to what a truly original and consummate talent Nibs is and one of the best representations of truly original South African music.”
“The mark of any half decent guitarist is the ability to become one with the instrument. Nibs is that kind of guitar player where he becomes the guitar.”-Music Review SA
“Nibs is probably one of South Africa’s most underrated musicians. Hopefully this anthology can help change that, showcasing the broad range of this extraordinarily talented musician.” AVSA (South Africa’s leading audio visual magazine)
Acclaimed South African guitarist and songwriter, Nibs, made his first profiled performances 25 years ago. From his humble beginnings at the Durban Folk Club to International stages, it has culminated in the newly released, deluxe (2CD) anthology album ‘Crossing Borders, Driving north’. It spans the creative and diverse body of work from his 9 highly acclaimed solo albums. The bonus second disc, ‘Catching Trains’- Nibs solo live through Europe, traces his footsteps through his many tours through France, Germany and the UK. These intimate solo ‘live’ performances were recorded in theatres, music halls, open air festivals and from within the walls of a maximum security prison.
It seems almost poetic justice that “Crossing Borders, Driving north” should translate into “a journey without limitations”, so it is a fitting retribution to the rites of passage of his work to date and for what is still to come.
His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a worldwide following for its intelligent folk, World and African overtones. He has been nominated 7 times at the South African Music awards, perform with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and share stages across the world with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait and Taj Mahal.
Nibs is also busy with the filming of a documentary about himself and his career which will be screened at his upcoming launches in the second half of 2013.
‘Crossing Borders, Driving north’ is available on CD and digital download atand on iTunes and will be available at each concert.
‘Crossing Borders’ 25 years – Tour Dates:
Sunday 15 September, 8pm – The Halfmoon, Putney, London UK. with Dan Patlansky
Tuesday 17 September, 8pm – The Greennote, Camden, UK. with Dan Patlansky
Wed 18 September, 8:30pm – “Engel’s Coffee” – Maison Engelmann, Mulhouse, France
Thursday 3 October, 7:30pm – Durban Launch, Italian Club, 82 Fairway, Durban North, 031 564 2567
Friday 11 October/ Saturday 12 October, 8pm – Slow Life, 152 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town. 021 788 5849 slowlifesouthafrica
Sunday 13 October – Alma Cafe, Rosebank, Cape Town. 021 685 7377 dictait
Johannesburg Launch dates – TBC