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ARTE VIVA MUSIC  |  Guy Buttery

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South Africa  |  Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar World Fusion 

/ with Indian Classical


“Guy Buttery is something of a National treasure”, says South Africa’s leading newspaper The Mercury.

As an internationally recognised musician, this multi-instrumentalist enjoys invitations to play sell-out performances all over the globe. The USA, UK, Australia, France, Brazil, and Italy have all welcomed him back year after year.   However, to simply label Guy Buttery as one of South Africa’s musical phenoms would be an injustice. His international role has surpassed merely performing concerts to foreign audiences. It has evolved into one as an ambassador of South African music, inspiring people across the world with his homegrown style at the very heart of his talent and tenacity.  Guy’s distinct unification of South African guitar music is the musical advocate for everything positive and beautiful about the place he calls home.

At the age of 18, Guy Buttery’s debut album was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Instrumental’ at the South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) making him the youngest nominee in the history of the event. Guy then went on to collect two SAMA’s in 2010 and again in 2014. He has also
received numerous other major National accolades including the Ovation Award for his live performances at the National Arts Festival, and has been honoured with more of these prestigious awards than any other artist.

Guy was then invited to perform his works with the 52-piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest ensemble” with his solo performance voted “Top Live Show” by The Cape Times and was selected by the public as one of South Africa’s Top Young Personalities by The Mail & Guardian. In 2018, Guy received the highest accolade for a musician in South Africa and was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. In almost 4 decades of honouring artist throughout the country, this was the
first time since its inception that the award was presented to a musician outside of the classical realm.

Buttery has worked with an incredible myriad of artists including Dave Matthews, Jethro Tull, Vusi Mahlasela, multiple Grammy Award Winner Will Ackerman, Salif Keita, Preston Reed, Kaki King, The Violent Femmes, Jon Gomm and countless others.  The media has cited him “as one of the finest exponents of the acoustic guitar in the world.”

Audiences can expect high dynamics, deep grooves, delicate African
inflections and mind-bending guitar playing of an entirely new order.


Rolling Stone

One Morning in Gurgaon Teaser - Guy Buttery with Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan

One Morning in Gurgaon Teaser - Guy Buttery with Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan
One Morning in Gurgaon Teaser - Guy Buttery with Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan
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One Morning in Gurgaon Teaser - Guy Buttery with Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan

Guy Buttery - Half a Decade [Earth Touch Video] - slap harmonics / fingerstyle
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Guy Buttery - Half a Decade [Earth Touch Video] - slap harmonics / fingerstyle

Guy Buttery - "Verbosity" (Live at the Play Station Theatre)
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Guy Buttery - "Verbosity" (Live at the Play Station Theatre)


  • 2021 World Music Charts Europe charted at #10 for "One Morning in Gurgaon"

  • 2020 Songlines Magazine Voted "Nāḍī" a "Top of the World" release for the year

  • Standard Bank Young Artist for Music  (2018) 

  • Winner of multiple South African Music Awards (SAMAs) including for 'Best Instrumental Album' for "Fox Hill Lane" (2010) & 'Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album' for "Live in KwaZulu" (2014)

  • Nominated for 8 additional SAMA awards 

  • 2012 Mail & Guardian Top Young South African - Voted by the public


  • In The Shadow of the Wild Fig - single [with Julian Redpath] (2022)

  • Live from Another Time - A Concert Film [featuring Kaki King] (2021)

  • Live in Dlinza Forest - A Concert Film [with Nibs van der Spuy] (2021)

  • One Morning in Gurgaon [with Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan] (2021)

  • Stam [film score] (2020)

  • Live in Cape Town [with Derek Gripper] (2020)

  • Guy Buttery & The Bandura Express Marimba Ensemble [with Bandura] (2020)

  • The Farm Demos (2020)

  • Live in Lisbon [with Nibs van der Spuy] (2020)

  • Sonokota EP [with Kanada Narahari] (2020)

  • Nāḍī [with Kanada Narahari] (2019)

  • Guy Buttery (2016)

  • Live in KwaZulu (2013)

  • In the Shade of the Wild Fig [with Nibs van der Spuy] (2012)

  • To Disappear in Place (2011)

  • Fox Hill Lane (2009)

  • Songs from the Cane Fields (2005)

  • When I Grow Up... (2002)


  • Amsterdam Arts Festival, Amsterdam, Holland

  • Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, Derby, UK

  • Rio Loco Festival, Toulouse, France

  • The Big Day Out - Perth, Australia

  • MUSEXPO - Hollywood, USA

  • Italia International Guitar Festival, Freuli, Italy

  • Stanford Guitar Festival - Stanford, UK

  • Bushfire Festival - Swaziland

Brazil, Canada, USA, FranceSwitzerlandThe NetherlandsItaly, UKRepublic of Ireland, India, ThailandAustraliaNew ZealandMozambique, ZimbabweMauritius, 



  • Solo

  • With Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan

  • With Kanada Narahari

  • With string quartet

  • With large ensemble

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