The Waiting Room

We are super excited to announce that Sibusile Xaba is finally heading to Cape Town. A11, Future Nostalgia and Mushroom Hour Half Hour have joined forces to bring this incredible artist to city.

Part acoustic guitar visionary, part urban mythologist, Sibusile Xaba’s improvisational style hints at maskandi, while also shrinking the middle passage to connect jazz to its precolonial antecedents.
Last year his debut, "Open letter to Adoniah" quickly reached critical acclaim internationally which catapulted many tours abroad.

The event also coincides with music collective, Future Nostalgia celebrating their 5th Birthday- with sets from resident selectors, El Corazon & Futurist.

Music starts : 7:30pm
Address :The Waiting Room (273 Long Street, CBD)
Tickets: R100 (Available via Quicket)

**Future Nostalgia artwork will be exhibited and on sale

Sibusile Xaba Bio:

Charismatic guitar savant Sibusile Xaba reframes maskandi and the avant garde into his own humanist manifesto.

KwaZulu-Natal-born guitarist and vocalist Sibusile Xaba has all the makings of an acoustic guitar master. With a vocal style that is part dreamscaping and part ancestral invocation, 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 double album – ‘Unlearning’ & ‘Open Letter to Adoniah’ - was released internationally on 4 August 2017 to critical acclaim. Sibusile’s music was included in the ‘Best of 2017’ year-end lists for numerous high-profile platforms, such as Gilles Peterson’s 'Best Tracks of 2017' on BBC 6 Radio, The Guardian, The Bandcamp Playlist, Liberation and Rhythm Passport.

2017 saw Sibusile touring through various countries in Africa and Europe, where he performed at a number of prestigious music festivals (e.g. Shambala and Jazz ala Villette), music venues (e.g. Ronnie Scotts) and radio stations (e.g. Worldwide FM & Radio France).

Sibusile will be touring extensively during the course of 2018 promoting his debut release.

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"An astonishing debut from a unique talent" Guardian

"This music is extraordinary" Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio)

““He meshes his acoustic guitar and intense free-style scats to produce a subversive sonic world that defiantly transcends genre.” Paul Bradshaw (Straight No Chaser #98)

"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

"Unworldly and haunting...a great tradition stirs" The Observer

“This blew me away, punched me in the gut the minute I heard this cut”. – Anthony Valadez (KCRW Radio)

“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)

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