Event Date and time: Monday 12 June, 2017 | 19:00 – 23:00

Venue details: Total Refreshment Centre | 2 Foulden Rd, London N16 7UR

Organisers: Mushroom Hour Half Hour Total Refreshment Centre

Event website: South African Jazz special with Sibusile Xaba & guests

Event cost: £8

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, 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.

The result of many years of preparation, his debut double album project comprises two timeless music offerings which are mystical and otherworldly, yet organically familiar. Tracing innate storytelling that is beyond words, Sibusile Xaba fearlessly digs beyond conformity to unearth rich, vibrant African heritage lost to today’s musical generation.

The Johannesburg based label is and independent music imprint and mobile recording studio that unearths and records unique music from the African continent.


In the early 1960s, a new musical movement was taking shape in South Africa. Led by prodigal guitarist Philip Tabane, artists went back to the sounds of their homeland. A bold assertion of an indigenous musical culture, it was a retort to the state-sanctioned racism of that era; an independent cultural resistance, it formed part of a slowly built momentum for undoing the discrimination of apartheid. In contrast to South Africa’s American-influenced jazz from the ‘50s, Tabane and his collaborators re-imagined the music in their own image. Adopting the traditional malombo drums which gave their movement its name, they avoided jazz standards and Western drum kits; instead, they created music which embraced their local, African heritage.

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