August 2009


Rafa Benitez visited Mabu Vinyl recently, possibly looking for a new line of work, but Mabu already has a successful manager….

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Gilles Peterson at Mabu Vinyl with Jacques and Mighty

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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

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(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.

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