Charismatic guitar savant Sibusile Xaba reframes maskandi and the avant garde into his own humanist manifesto.
With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, Sibusile Xaba divines as opposed to plainly singing. Combined with a guitar style that is rooted in expressive picking, Xaba's music shatters the confines of genre, taking only the fundamentals from mentors such as Madala Kunene and Dr Philip Tabane and imbuing these with a mythology and improvisational intensity all of his own.
His debut LP, Open Letter to Adoniah was released by local label Mushroom Hour Half Hour to rave reviews from Giles Peterson, The Wire, Ninja Tune, KCRW Radio to name a few... he recently recording his next album in Paris.
Don't miss this intimate performance in the UntitledBasement on Saturday 7th September 2019.
What the press has to say:
"This music is extraordinary" – Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio)
"Xaba's intricately fingerpicked patterns produce emotional warmth and rich texture, and he brings an abundance of heart and complete spirit commitment as he sings, laughs, declaims and weeps over the tracks" – The Wire
“Super deep sounds on this wonderfully addictive album... Don't miss out... Don't be late Don't wait music you need.” – Jon More (Coldcut / Co-founder of Ninja Tune)
“This blew me away, punched me in the gut the minute I heard this cut”. – Anthony Valadez, KCRW Radio
Tickets are R140 available here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/83343-akum-presents-sibusile-xaba/#/
Sat 7 Sep 2019