Rafa Benitez visited Mabu Vinyl recently, possibly looking for a new line of work, but Mabu already has a successful manager….
Gilles Peterson at Mabu Vinyl with Jacques and Mighty
Evan Dando of the Lemonheads recently visited Mabu Vinyl during his short SA tour. Pictured here with (from left) Mighty, Rafi, Stephen, Evan and Jacques
Mabu Vinyl, the well-known music shop in Cape Town, will soon be celebrating its two-year anniversary in its more spacious new premises at 2 Rheede Street in Gardens. The shop is situated just off the corner of Kloof Street (next door to A&A Furnishers), and is just a “muffin’s throw away” from Vida e Caffé, the very popular nearby coffee shop in Kloof Street.
Mabu Vinyl carries a large selection of new and second hand items including LP records, 12” singles, 7” singles, 78’s, CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes, videos, books, T-shirts, comics, magazines, and even a selection of refurbished turntables and hi-fi’s. Mabu Vinyl buys, sells and trades in all and any of these items. The shop also carries a range of independent CD releases by a range of South African artists.
Mabu Vinyl grew out of the well-known Kloof Street bric-a-brac store, Kloofmart, which was run for many years by Johan Vosloo in the premises now occupied by Vida e Caffé. Jacques Vosloo, the owner’s son, started the record store in the back section of Kloofmart before the store moved to its next premises a few shops away, next to the other well-known Kloof Street music shop, High Five.
Then in October 2003, Mabu Vinyl again moved further down the road into its next premises in Buitenkloof Centre on the corner of Kloof and Buitensingel Streets. Soon after, Stephen Segerman joined Jacques in the store, adding a stock of CD’s, tapes, and DVD’s to the already huge selection of records that fills every corner of this eclectically decorated store.
The new Mabu Vinyl store has something for everyone with hundreds of 7″ singles, 12″ dance singles (for the many club DJ’s who frequent Mabu), and a broad range of rock, pop, jazz, soul, country, comedy, blues, soundtrack, South African and classical LP records. There is also a wide range of new and used CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes and books, mostly at reduced or sale prices, and the shop has many regular customers who love to take a few hours to browse through the many music items on display.
Parking for the new Mabu Vinyl store is available downstairs in the Rheede Centre parking garage, or at the nearby Kwikspar or Lifestyle centres in Kloof Street.
Mabu Vinyl has some of the new CD titles released through Righard Kapps new label, which is now home to some quality left-field South African music artists and their new albums including Ramon Galvan (Outer Tambolia), Ella Joyce Buckley (For Astrea), The Buckfever Underground (Limbs Gone Batty) , and of course, Righard Kapp himself with his own new album, Strung Like A Compound Eye. All come in Kapps usual beautifully designed cardboard sleeves, courtesy of Jaunted Haunts Press.
Farryl Purkiss, the highly rated South African singer-songwriter, recently completed a mini-SA tour with Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the acclaimed Canadian husband and wife musical duo. If you are in Cape Town and you saw those concerts and want to get hold of any of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s CDs, then you can find them at Mabu Vinyl. We currently have in stock ‘Thumbelina’s One Night Stand’ and ‘Victoria Day’ by Melissa McClelland; and ‘Broken (and other rogue states) by Luke Doucet and ‘Bloods Too Rich’ by Luke Doucet and the White Falcon.
With everything going digital – including television transmissions – it is refreshing to know there are still stores who are “kicking it old school”. While many DJs are choosing to “travel light”, leaving behind their huge bags of vinyl, in favour of using software like Traktor to mix MP3 tracks on their laptops, the CapeTowner found three stores in
the city centre that are among the few which still stock vinyl.
The first stop was the recently revamped Hi Five in Kloof Street. Hi Five was opened by Kevin Phipson and Kurt George eight years ago and offers a wide range of collectable rock vinyl albums, among other genres. The store is visibly stocking a lot less vinyl since it re-opened, and store manager, Rob Scholtz, agreed that vinyl is “dying out”. But, he said, the store is currently attracting a different clientele. “Vinyls are definitely dying out due to all the software available for DJs, but the clientele is starting to change; we are starting to see more listeners come into the store as opposed to DJs,” he said.
The second stop was a charming store in Rheede Street called Mabu Vinyl, which offers a wide range of second hand records at reasonable prices. Unlike the other stores visited by the CapeTowner, the majority of the stock at Mabu Vinyl was, in fact, vinyl and not CDs. The store first opened its doors eight years ago, said store manager, Stephen Segerman, when it operated out of the well-known Kloof Street bric-a-brac store Kloofmart.
“Kloofmart was owned by Johan Vosloo and his son, Jacques Vosloo started the record shop in the back section,” Mr Segerman said. And who could ever forget the iconic corner that housed Mabu in those days, bursting at the seems with crates of records, windows plastered with flyers for various parties, and all types of music lovers popping in for a tune. Despite it’s new swanky location just off the must-be-seen-in Kloof Street, Mabu has maintained its charm and seems to have maintained its loyal clientele.
The last stop was Soul II Soul records in Bree Street, formely known as Syndicate Records, which was started by Dino Michael almost 19 years ago. The store’s selection is mainly new records, including house, hip hop and old school music. They also run workshops, including the DJ school, where young aspiring DJs attend individual lessons conducted by Tony Smith. It’s been more than 20 years since the industry first started phasing out vinyl in favour of CDs, but there are still those who prefer the older medium. Unlike the abrupt and certain death suffered by cassette tapes, records have managed to maintain their popularity, perhaps because of their charm and – if your vinyl is in good condition – excellent sound quality.
Still, for many reasons, portability high on the list, digital music is gaining popularity and it’s now, possible to carry hundreds of songs of a fairly decent quality on some thing as small as your little finger. So, while vinyl may have survived the CD revolution, it remains to be seen whether it will outlive the age of digital music.
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The Living Legend
SA Tour – September 2009
With opening act: AcousticA
13 – Cape Town – Willowbridge Barnyard
18 – Plett Barnyard
19 – Mosselbay Barnyard
27 – Pretoria – Menlyn Barnyard
28 – JHB – Broadacres Barnyard
Rodriguez is currently one of the world’s biggest cult musicians with fans all over the world from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, to UK and across the USA. However, it was not until 12 years ago, when he was rediscovered working on a building site by local journalists Stephen Segerman and Craig Bartholomew; did the songwriter and singer of “Sugar Man” and “I Wonder” realise that his defining album “Cold Fact” (1970) had become a cult classic and that he was a beacon of revolution for the people of South Africa. Rodriguez had completely turned his back on the music industry after his albums “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality” (1971) were unsuccessful.
While his music career faded to little more than a memory in his life, Rodriguez lived an unobtrusive existence, unaware that his legend continued to grow in the Southern Hemisphere. “Cold Fact” became a word of mouth success especially amongst the youth in the South African armed forces that identified with his counter-cultural bent. Many thought Rodriguez was dead and his album went platinum in South Africa without him ever earning one cent. Today Rodriguez is spoken of in the same reverent tones as The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.
Since 1997, when he was “rediscovered”, Rodriguez returned to South Africa and Namibia four times and his albums have been released on CD worldwide. In 1998 Rodriguez featured in a television documentary “Dead Men Don’t Tour”. After more than 35 years it seems that the wheel of fortune is finally turning and Rodriguez’s fame is rapidly growing in his home town Detroit and throughout the USA. His albums have been re-released and there is a documentary movie being made about the “Sugarman” himself.
The shows promise to be spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime events, not to be missed. It’s not every day that one gets to witness such a “Living Legend.”
Acoustica – In 2004, Rodriquez surprised an unknown local band by appearing unexpectedly at their “Tribute To Rodriguez” show in Sedgefield, South Africa. He appreciated the enthusiasm and hard work of the band and invited them to perform with him in 4 sold-out concerts in the Garden Route. At the time, the gentle soft-spoken musician said, “I’m supporting the musicians who support me but they’re doing it better than me.” Rodriguez, is returning to South Africa once again and will be performing with one of the musicians, Graham Sindall-Gillot, from the original Rodriguez Tribute band. Graham is now the leader of the support band and opening act “Acoustica.”
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