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Sibusile Xaba & Thabang Tabane + Marine + James Canty

  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden 13 Dalston Lane London E8 3DF UK (map)


Our weekly Woodburner night. Every Tuesday at the beautiful Curve Garden from June to September, with 3 amazing musical acts, delicious Latto's pizza and the incredible summer atmosphere. 


An explosive collaboration of two trailblazers from South Africa’s avant-garde, Thabang Tabane and Sibusile Xaba sit firmly at the helm of a new wave of cutting edge South African roots music.

Their collaboration coalesces both geographic and spiritual influences, ranging from Maskandi (a music style dominant in Xaba’s native KwaZulu-Natal), the improvisational culture of South Africa's jazz avant garde and the Malombo music Thabang’s father – the legendary Dr Philip Tabane – originated in the late 1950s. Collectively, they remold these influences, situating them within rhythms that span the African continent.

On stage, the pair’s synergy sees Tabane appearing as the fire that heats up Xaba's serene waters.

Both their debut albums will be released internationally in 2017 by Johannesburg based, independent music imprint, Mushroom Hour Half Hour


Marine grew in the gaps between the concrete of the city, with four very different stories they hoped to combine uniquely into just one, where all they had listened to overlapped. Intuitive beats that make you want to move, bass hypnosis in the undercurrent playfully countering melody, and with a deep love of contrast, two vocals which braid together over hooky guitar lines into a complex plait of old and new, understated and operatic, light and dark.

The songs of Marine are crystallised from mythology and fables, mingling with personal words and emotions to form tales of the ordinary and not ordinary. They describe themselves as Fable Electric. A genre all their own, made out of things we all know and things we don't know. The Underworld, Seal Demons, mighty Kraken, Werewolves, Witches and Gods.... even questioning the very nature of storytelling itself.





Woodburner at the Curve is supported by Knights Cider.

Earlier Event: August 23
The Langan Band
Later Event: August 30