Welcome to the new Mabu Vinyl Online Store!

Mabu Vinyl is the independent record store in Cape Town that has become very well known internationally thanks to its appearance in the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’.

The Mabu Vinyl range of T-shirts is now available to buy online and the T-shirt prices include shipping by registered airmail to anywhere in the world.

Watch out for a range of new items being added to the store on a regular basis……

Please visit http://shop.mabuvinyl.co.za to place your orders.

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Sugar Man Arrives – Rodriguez Plays Radio City Music Hall in NYC | Join The Rukkus

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There are certain experiences one can only have in New York City, and can only truly appreciate when they happen to you. I was sitting at my favorite bar in midtown on a Wednesday evening a few weeks back – it’s hard to find a good bar there, but I have a dive in the heart of it all that I often escape to. My favorite seat is at the bar located right next to the door for an easy escape or occasional cool breeze for when the bar gets too hot.  On this particular night, I switched it up from my usual scotch to tequila on the rocks…I guess, it felt like a tequila-sort-of-evening.

An Unexpected Show: Rodriguez at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall

I didn’t see them when they came in, but a couple, in their late-forties/early-fifties, had walked in and ordered two tequilas, neat.  They looked like the kind of people who had stories to tell of the “trouble” they had gotten into back in their day, and how it lead them to where they were at now, happy and married.  They seemed particularly aggravated by something that had just happened, yet still had a calm and pleasant demeanor as they sipped their Patron. “See if he wants them,” the women leaned in to the man and said, indicating me. I smiled and pretended I didn’t hear anything.

The man looked at me, leaned over and said, “Do you like Rodriguez?” “Uhh…Yeah! Searching for Sugarman was beautiful and his lyrics are amazing,” I responded. “Well, how would you like to see him live in about 15 minutes for free?” he said as he slid two tickets across the bar to me. “They’re pretty good seats too,” he added as if he had to sell me on the offer.

“We waited in line outside Radio City Music Hall and I have to tell you, I’ve seen a lot of live music in my day but I’ve never had to wait in a line like that. After awhile we just said ‘screw it’ and headed back to our hotel which is right across the street. I bet if you leave in 10 minutes you will just walk right in.” Amazed at their generosity and kindness, I bought them a round, briefly chatted with them and then ran as fast as I could to Radio City Music Hall while frantically texting my girlfriend to come meet me.

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Rodriguez’ Brooklyn Concert (Bob Dylan, You Need to Revisit Highway Sixto One) | White Shaka

Rodriguez at the Barclay Center[Courtesy: Brooklyn Vegan]

Rodriguez at the Barclay Center[Courtesy: Brooklyn Vegan]

When the crowd in the arena rose, whistling, cheering and applauding at the appearance of this legend of our youths, it seemed like an historic moment in the making. Barely able to see, Sixto Rodriguez was lead onto the stage by his daughter and an assistant, put on a top hat and began to sing in a remarkably young, robust voice.

This voice of our youth, might have needed a little help getting there but contrary to the rumors was not frail at all. He played the songs we love, Sugarman,I WonderInner City BluesCrucify Your Mind and we all thank him for that. But the moments were more mystery than history: if you came to understand the magic of Rodriguez and recapture the strange mixture of dread and rebellion that his music stood for South Africans during apartheid – you didn’t get it there.
On the other hand, if you read on, you just might get it here.
It turns out that Rodriguez is a very sweet natured man – think Paarl Perlé on a breezy night – and while he played his obligatory hits from his first albums and acknowledged the many South Africans in the audience, this was no South African show. He never discussed the songs, there was no commentary, no lingering with choruses or any attempt to engage the audience. We didn’t get to revisit the strange rebelliousness he represented for white South Africans in the 70’s and 80’s – the world they comfortably hated and knew to be wrong but whose alternative was just too hard to confront.
He just sang them so he could gt them out of the way to sing what he really wanted. It turns out, the old prophet of destruction yearned to be a classic, early sixties blues rock crooner and his greatest joy was playing songs like Lucille and A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On. His younger back up band reveled in those standards and despite needed to huddle between songs, played those old rock licks like they grew up with them. This could be the top group at any State Fair. As Sixto said in his wisecracking patter, he didn’t want to be a great legend, “just an ordinary legend.”

Read more at http://whiteshaka.blogspot.com/2013/10/rodriguez-brooklyn-concert-bob-dylan.html

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Rodriguez… A Man on Fire | Maties Marketing244

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Whatever the reason Rodriguez presently is a famed artist and has some of the most loyal and varied fans out there. In marketing terms he has unwittingly created a strong, mysterious brand image and a legacy far beyond his years, Rodriguez is NOT A FAD. Although reasons for this may be hard to pin he remains a remarkable case study for marketers, marketing through non-marketing.

Read more at Rodriguez… A Man on Fire | Maties Marketing244.

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Still Searching for Sugarman | Ted Baker Blog

When we heard that friend of Ted, Ali B of Air Recordings, had been to the one and only Mabu record store in South Africa, we wanted to hear all about it, and now we want to go too – all donations welcome! read his tale and prepare to be just a little green around the gills…

Still Searching for Sugarman

“In April this year I made a trip to Cape Town, South Africa to attend Afrikaburn, the Burning Man Festival of Africa, which I was introduced to by my friend Tal. Tal’s father Stephen had been involved in the recent Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, about Detroit musician Rodriguez, who had become huge in South Africa during the 70s, while remaining virtually unknown to the rest of the world. So, on arrival in Cape Town, I made sure that I made a trip to Stephen’s record store, Mabu, to see if I could find any of Rodriguez’ music on vinyl.

A few weeks later, when I finally caught up with my friend at Afrikaburn, we were chatting about the recent success of the film and I’d told her that I’d been digging for 45s in her Father’s store. Meanwhile she was busy eyeing up the jacket I was wearing; an 80s silk blazer covered in the most ridiculous design of black and white cats. Being a sucker for anything with animal print on it, Tal suggested that I trade the jacket with her and in return, she would set it up for me to visit her Father’s basement which was apparently full of 45s – my favourite ever kind of vinyl. As much as I love my stupid cat jacket, without hesitation, I agreed.

Read more at Still Searching for Sugarman | Ted Baker Blog.

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Rodriguez for Prime Minister | Dan Schaumann

Like most people who have had the pleasure of watching Searching For Sugar Man, the Oscar-winning documentary about American folk/protest musician Sixto Rodriguez, I was left in awe of his astonishing life story. Although he found some brief success in Australia in the mid-70′s, he ultimately left behind a career in music after failing to sell records in his home country; humbly resorting instead to a life of construction work in downtown Detroit to provide for his young family.

Decades later he made the fateful discovery that a few of his records had been smuggled into South Africa during the course of the apartheid government, eventually leading him to not only become a household name throughout the country, but a superstar. His defiant, poetic lyrics on the trials and tribulations of life resonated so well with South Africans that he is often described as the soundtrack to the lives of an entire generation. In terms of popularity, he’s regularly compared with the all-time great musical acts such as Bob Dylan, Elvis and the Rolling Stones.

Trouble was, all through the 70′s and 80′s his South African fans had presumed he was dead, and Rodriguez himself had no knowledge whatsoever of his superstardom taking place on the other side of the world. The true magic of the Sugar Man story shines through once the connections finally come together in the post-apartheid 1990′s and the man who had all but given up hope in the music industry comes to the realisation that his music helped shape a nation.

Read more at Rodriguez for Prime Minister | Dan Schaumann.

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Susan Cowsill’s 39-year trip to an opening spot with Rodriguez | Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?

Susan Cowsill

Susan Cowsill

I’m sitting here wondering why I don’t have any photos of Susan Cowsill.

Even before starting this blog, I often took photos at shows to create lasting memorabilia. I’m not sure if I’ve even seen her since 2009, when this blog started. I know I saw her at least once on her own in New York, after catching her perform numerous times with her old band, the late, lamented Continental Drifters.

But nevermind that.

She and her lusty, raggedly-pushed-to-the-edge vocal style will be back in New York in October, when she opens a Barclays Center show for Rodriguez (aka Detroit-based 1970s singer-songwriter Sixto Díaz Rodríguez), who rediscovered the spotlight via the award-winning 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

Way back in 1974, 16-year-old Susan was a fledgling solo artist just two years past the collapse of her family band, The Cowsills. She had a record deal and decided to cover a cool song titled “I Think of You.” She probably didn’t know who wrote the song, and never could have imagined the impact it would have on her life four decades later.

via Susan Cowsill’s 39-year trip to an opening spot with Rodriguez | Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?.

 

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