Gavin Bonner Releases New CD – ‘Of Beasts and Kings, Skins and Strings’

“The audience went wild … This is the strangest, most mystifying talent I have seen in six years of Grahamstown festivals. Seriously, seeing is believing!” – Herald.

So who is Gavin Bonner? And do you want to hear what he sounds like??

Well, Gavin Bonner’s brand new CD, ‘Of Beasts and Kings, Skins and Strings’  is hot off the press, and now available online (details at www.gavinbonner.com) and also at Mabu Vinyl.

This new album features four powerful traditional tales from China, Baghdad, Venda and Russia rewritten and narrated by Gavin Bonner. Each story has a soundtrack and at the end of each tale a full length original instrumental track is provided by Gavin on percussion instruments from around the world, with Natalie Mason (UK) on Viola, plus special guest musicians, Guitarist Reza Khota (SA), Anastasis  Sarakatsanos (Athens /London) on Qanoon, and Kyle Shepherd playing Uhadi Bow.
 
The CD is beautifully presented in a digipack format with a beautiful12-page booklet featuring original artwork with illustration and graphics by Nicole von Hasseln and photographs by Sarah Schafer and Ference Isaacs.

His new Album!
Gavin Bonner - 'Of Beasts and Kings, Skins and Strings'

So who is Gavin Bonner?

Ashley Ramsden, the founder of the International School of Storytelling, described this unique Cape Town performer as follows: “Gavin Bonner is an inspiration! A poet, storyteller, musician and praise singer in one, he lets his wordplay weave and speak spontaneously to whatever is happening in a group of people.”  

So here’s a quick history for you…..Gavin was born in London, and spent much of his childhood in South Africa growing up with a love of rock and African music and rhythms. A move back to London aged 14 opened up a world of musical diversity and he played with all kinds of bands touring round England and playing at many festivals including Glastonbury!

Years of travel followed to Australia, Europe, Canada, India, Pakistan, Israel, Egypt, Turkey and more where he absorbed different philosphies, languages, stories, and musical styles. Some great percussionists he has studied with include Glen Velez (USA), Zohar Fresco (Israel), Pete Lockett (UK), Achu and Prosper Gagadu (Ghana and Numan Elyer and Tarik Tuysuzoglu (Turkey )

He has performed and recorded alongside legends such as Bill Bruford, Gary Husband, Juan Martin, Congolese percussionist Douze Balles, founder and leader of Mbonda Loningisa, and cellist Julia Palmer ( Nigel Kennedy ).

While living in Sydney, Gavin earned his living as a street performer playing the Djembe Drum. After a while he began to make passing commentaries in his mind about passers by (the tone often determined by the tip they gave or not!). When he started vocalising these rhyming commentaries, the tips became larger and more frequent!

Slowly this developed into the ability to tell stories spontaneously, in rhyme, often accompanying himself on drums – his humour and lightning quick improvisational skills always go down a treat with audiences.

Gavin does regular storytelling performances fusing traditional tales from around the world, modern tales and improvised stories . He usually has a large selection of drums with him and loves to collaborate with fellow storytellers, poets and musicians.

A recent 3 month intensive study period at The School of Storytelling in the UK deepened and informed his storytelling work. Stories have the power to entertain, to heal,and to transform perception and Gavin loves to share his story and storieswith children and adults alike.

Gavin currently lives in Cape Town,  and regularly performs in the UK and elsewhere……

“A story has many feet, but poet musician and storyteller Gavin Bonner, a Londoner living in South Africa, gives it wings “  Cape Argus Tonight
Further information at www.gavinbonner.com

In search of vinyl, part 1: Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town, South Africa

 

In search of vinyl, part 1: Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town, South Africa
In search of vinyl, part 1: Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town, South Africa

 

Inside, Mabu Vinyl looks and smells like an authentic second-hand store should. It’s stacked to the ceiling with used VHS tapes, random posters, loose CD’s, second hand books, and of course, vinyl records. It’s all about the vinyl. As it should be. It’s dark, it’s moody…it’s perfect.

via In search of vinyl, part 1: Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town, South Africa.

MABU VINYL NOW IN RHEEDE STREET

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.

Righard Kapp

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.

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s CDs

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.

About Mabu Vinyl

Mabu Vinyl is the record, CD, DVD, cassette, book, comix and turntable store in Gardens, Cape Town, that was established in 2001 by Jacques Vosloo, who now co-owns it with Stephen Segerman.

Mabu buys, sells and trades vinyl LP records and CD’s of all genres, as well as DVD’s, cassettes, books and comix, and has a large selection of Dance music, Hip Hop, House, Techno, Trance, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Soul, Funk, D&B, R&B and much more.

2 Rheede Street
Gardens
Cape Town
8001

Phone: + 27 (0) 21-423-7635
Contact:Stephen
email: sugar@mabuvinyl.co.za

Shop Hours:
Mabu is open 7 days a week….
Monday – Thursday: 9am till 8pm
Friday: 9am till 7pm
Saturday: 9am till 6pm
Sunday: 11am till 3pm