“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.” Kwanele Sosibo
We are excited to announce the release of Sibusile Xaba’s debut double album – “Unlearning” and “Open Letter to Adoniah”.
A lynchpin in South Africa’s new generation of jazz musicians, 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, he shatters the confines of genre, taking only the fundamentals from mentors such as Madala Kunene and Philip Tabane and imbuing these with a mythology and improvisational intensity all of his own.
The albums are available on the South African Apple Music / iTunes store and CDs are available at select record stores around South Africa (see our social media pages for a full list of stores).
The project will be released internationally on 14 July 2017, at which point we will also be releasing a 180g vinyl version of ‘Open Letter to Adoniah’. If you are based outside South Africa, you can pre-order the albums at our online SHOP. Vinyls can also be pre-ordered at the SHOP.