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Open Letter to Adoniah

by Sibusile Xaba

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"This music is extraordinary" - Gilles Peterson (BBC 6)

"An astonishing debut from a unique talent" The Guardian

'Open Letter To Adoniah' is one half of the debut double album by Sibusile Xaba.

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.

'Open Letter to Adoniah' is an album reverent of life and its connectedness to a higher source. The music emanates from dreams revealed to Xaba over consecutive days and most of the album was recorded live in the mountains of Magaliesberg outside Johannesburg in the winter of 2016.

With percussionists Thabang Tabane and Moahanganai Magagula, the trio coalesces both geographic and spiritual influences, hinting at Maskandi (a music style dominant in Xaba’s native KwaZulu-Natal) and the improvisational culture of South Africa's jazz avant garde. Collectively, the musicians remold these influences, situating them within rhythms that span the African Continent. Thabang Tabane’s influence over the project gives it a spiritual sensibility allusive to the Malombo Music his father, the legendary Dr Philip Tabane, originated in the early 1960s.

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released August 4, 2017

Mentored by Thabang Tabane
Music received by Sibusile Xaba
Music created by Sibusile Xaba (guitar, vocals & nomaphupho), Thabang Tabane (percussion & vocals) & Moahanganai Magagula (percussion)

Recorded live at Sima Kade, Magaliesberg on 26 & 27 June 2016, except (i) 'Nomaphupho' and 'Nyanda Yeni (Interlude)', which were recorded live at U – The Space, Sunnyside on 29 January 2016; and (ii) 'Inkululeko', which was recorded live at the Tabane household, Mamelodi on 10 April 2016.

Recorded by Andrew Curnow & Nhlanhla Mngadi
Mixed by João Orecchia
Mastered by Frank Merritt at the Carvery

Artwork & Cover Design by Graeme Arendse
Published by Hour Half Hour Publishing

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Sibusile Xaba Pretoria, South Africa

Sibusile Xaba carries forth the Maskandi / Mbaqanga tradition of the KwaZulu Natal midlands, from where he originates. Steeped in the lineage of Zulu guitar giant Madala Kunene (Sibusile’s first mentor) & warrior chants of vocal master, Shaluza Max, he not only owns these influences, but pushes the envelope as only a maestro with a keen ear for the future does. ... more

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