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Nibs van der Spuy with special guest Clare Vandeleur (cello)
July 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
Dinner menu starts at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm
Nibs van der Spuy will be bringing his first first solo album in seven years, ‘Maiden of the river’ to Cafe Roux,Noordhoek, for a special one off performance on Wednesday, 27 July. Nibs will also be introducing his special guest, Clare Vandeleur on cello, who’s incredible playing is featured on the new album.
The music was written during lockdown along the Lisbon coast and 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 Kwa-Zulu, Natal Midlands over December 2021. It features guest appearances by Guy (sitar), Mark Kilian (Esraj), Shane Cooper (upright bass), Julian Redpath (vocals and atmospherics) and Clare Vandeleur (cello).
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.”
‘Maiden of the river’ will be released on all platforms on 4 May 2022.