The Mabu Vinyl Mid-Year Half Price Sale – On now, till the end of July.
Half price on all LPs, seven singles, books, cassettes, DVD’s, CD’s and magazines.
Immortalized in the Searching for Sugar Man documentary film, this is a great introduction to African rhythms and the genres are as broad and all-encompassing as the continent itself. Hip hop, house, jazz, soul, funk, R&B – check. But add rock, pop, techno and dancehall too – and you’re still not even close to unearthing the full extent of this Gardens favorite, a nice addition to this upscale suburb of the city.
2 Rheede Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Stephen “Sugar” Segerman from Mabu Vinyl will be in conversation with Donvé Lee, author of Syd Kitchen Scars That Shine on Wednesday 1st February 2017.
Mabu Vinyl is a must music shopping in South Africa. Spanning genre, mediums, and decades, its beautiful store has something for everyone. They even have a large stock of music-related zines.
“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.
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
The recent zany aKing video for their track ‘Against All Odds’ was partially shot on location at Mabu Vinyl, check the video out here:
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.
There’s a massive CD sale now on at Mabu Vinyl!
Starting on Monday 26 October….
Over 5000 CDs are now at Half-Price, except for some independent South African CDs.
Lots of new stock, lots of great titles…….rock, pop, hip hop, jazz, South African, house and more
There’s always something for U at Mabu.