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.

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

Rodriguez

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.

Read more at Join The Rukkus

Music Exchange 2014 Dates Announced

Sipho and Trevor

MUSIC EXCHANGE 2014

MUSIC EXCHANGE, South Africa’s premier music, film and entertainment conference, returns for the fourth time in 2014. The three-day MUSIC EXCHANGE program opens on Thursday 6 March 2014, and will culminate with a fitting tribute to one of the worlds, and this country’s finest musical exports, Dr Trevor Jones on Sunday 9 March 2014.

Since its inception in 2009, MUSIC EXCHANGE has served as a catalyst between the artistically anchored worlds of entertainment, film, music, academia, and the distinctly gifted men and women who feed, and are fed, from its many disciplines.

Three jam-packed days filled with the most committed and talented people in the entertainment industry today, MUSIC EXCHANGE is passion personified on a multitude of levels. “It’s a family of like-minded and hardworking people,” MUSIC EXCHANGE founder Martin Myers confirms. “Included in that mix are artists, composers, national and international advocates, film producers and public relations and entertainment specialists, Brand and Image Consultants and Music legends the calibre of Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse. It’s always humbling and incredibly rewarding to be responsible for bringing so many amazing people together. All with the same aim in mind – empowerment and growth of the many critical contributors to our entertainment economy.”

Cape Town’s beautiful and richly historic City Hall will welcome patrons, investors, musicians, students and peers, and play host to the three-day heavyweight assembly. The first 48 hours, of the 72-hour emersion, will be filled with keynote addresses, lectures, collaborative breakout sessions and multiple opportunities for all present to actively participate and contribute during the conference phase.

The original motivation and intent behind what MUSIC EXCHANGE is today is that of being a platform where future collaborations are formed and opportunities created for emerging and established artists. “This extends to anyone and everyone touched the many aspects of the creative process,” Myers adds. “MUSIC EXCHANGE provides artists with practical tools and insights into the workings of the music, film and entertainment business’, in order that they’re better equipped to make a success of their specific careers. And that’s made possible thanks to the investment made by the expertise of the industry leaders MUSIC EXCHANGE attracts.”

The fourth and final day of MUSIC EXCHANGE 2014 promises to be extraordinary thanks to the motivation of music icon Dr Trevor Jones. Post workshops and master classes, conference delegates will get to share in a showcase like no other. In association with Cape Town’s City Parks, MUSIC EXCHANGE will stage both emerging and established artists on a platform built expressly to celebrate the rich and diverse career of the composer, arranger, producer, musician and proud South African.

Moving from City Hall, south to the foot of Table Mountain, De Waal Park, in Vredehoek, will play host to a closing concert the likes of which the city, and country, has ever seen thanks to MUSIC EXCHANGE‘s Ambassadors Tribute Concert to international film composer Dr Trevor Jones.

“We believe that utilising public spaces will benefit both the City of Cape Town, and all of the artists Involved,” Myers says. “MUSIC EXCHANGE‘s ultimate aim is to bridge the cultural divide, and ensure the integration of cultural diversity and inclusivity, through music and cultural exchange. The more that happens the greater the reward to us all. Our closing concert will be a fitting confirmation of what MUSIC EXCHANGE continually looks to achieve and strive for.”

Tickets to MUSIC EXCHANGE are available now through Computicket , Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at www.computicket.com, or by calling 0861 915 8000.

For more information contact:

Triple M Entertainment

Martin Myers

E-mail: info@musicexchange.co.za

Mobile: +27 083 448 4475

MUSIC EXCHANGE participants will include:

  • An Internationally awarded Hollywood film composer.
  • Top producers and songwriters of commercial music.
  • Top performing South African and international artists.
  • Artist managers.
  • Licensing and collecting agents.
  • Various revenue streams hosts and agents.
  • Top music advocates and lawyers.
  • Top executives involved in digital distribution.
  • Physical distribution specialists.
  • Publications and media executives.
  • Sound engineering academies.
  • Concert promoters and festival organisers.
  • Live Music venues managers and owners.
  • Touring – current acts touring South Africa and globally.
  • Recording studio owners and managers.
  • Top brand executives.
  • International record label executives.
  • Top image consultants.
  • Top South African retailers.
  • Electronic dance music executives.
  • Key print and online media specialists.

The MUSIC EXCHANGE board members are:

  • Martin MyersFounder of Music Exchange / Owner of Triple M Entertainment
    / 17 years working with SONY BMG.
  • Sipho HotstixMabuseSAMA Lifetime Achievement Winner and 46664 ambassador.
  • Dr Trevor JonesInternational award winning film composer. Trevors collaborated with the likes of David Bowie, Sting, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Charlotte Church, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello, and has also been invited as a jury member for BAFTA, the Mercury Music Prize and the International Film Festival of Flanders, Ghent.
  • Professor John RowettCEO of the Rhodes Trust, and the creator, in partnership with Jakes Gerwel, of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation). Former Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, where he developed, with African colleagues, the more than eighty-billion-rand programme, Renewing the African University.
  • Advocate Nick MatzukisCEO of the Academy of Sound Engineering.
  • Peter LaceyCEO of Musketeer Records.
  • Razia MyersPartner, Triple M Entertainment.

For more information contact:

Triple M Entertainment

Martin Myers

E-mail: info@musicexchange.co.za

Mobile: +27 083 448 4475

www.MusicExchange.co.za

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

Dinosaur Days Revisited Benefit For Leon Economides

Cafe Barcelona in Pretoria is the place to be at 7pm on the 16th November to show support for Leon Economides.

 

Leon Economides and Paris.
Leon Economides and Paris.

  

A number of years ago, Leon was held up at gunpoint in an armed robbery in his offices, and was badly assaulted, which led to his spinal column being seriously injured when a few lower vertebra were broken as a result of him being kicked in the back and the assailants jumping on his back when he was made to lie face down on the floor. The damage was quite extensive, and this this has led to many failed back procedures since 2008 (the diagnosis is called “Failed Back Procedure Syndrome”) and other complications, rendering him unable to work properly or live a normal life, together with huge medical bills. This has affected his income tremendously, and has led to other medical conditions that are attributed to the condition.

 

It is a long and involved story, but to summarize: Due to medical aid and life policy exclusions / waiting periods and other financial issues, Leon’s medical expenses got out of control as the complications, and need, for further, and ongoing medical procedures, continue. He has recently consulted with a new anaesthesiologist / pain specialist at the Wilgeheuwel Hospital who has advised that, whilst there is no cure for the nerve and disc damage done, he might be able to alleviate and reduce the debilitating pain Leon is experiencing every day of his life, with a different procedure to the ones that Leon has already had, and which have not been successful, hopefully thus affording him a better quality of life.

 

Johnathan Martin came up with the idea of a benefit concert, and he and Charl Barry have set about arranging this. The purpose of the benefit concert is to try and assist Leon with the costs of this latest procedure, which is to be held in the later part of November.

 

Johnathan and Charl contacted various musicians, secured a venue and a PA, together with a sound engineer. It’s now its up to us, the public, to show up and help pay Leon’s medical bills, a sort of “thank you” for the music and support of SA bands and musicians over the years.

 

CAFE BARCELONA, in Elardus Park, Pretoria, was kind enough to give us the venue, together with their PA. The concert will be held from 7pm on 16 NOVEMBER 2013, and Conrad Jamneck will do the sound. 

 

The musicians that so kindly offered their services for free, are:

 

  • Son
  • The Fake Leather Blues Band
  • Aiden Martin Band
  • Agro
  • Johnathan Martin and In My Blood
  • The Black Cat Bones
  • Mauritz Lotz

 

ALSO…..

 

Peter Pulvenis from BAND O’ GYPSYS will come out of retirement for this gig, thanks to Gary Fulton.

 

The entrance fee will be R100 per person. The money will be paid into a fund which will be used to pay for Leon’s medical bills.

 

Cafe Barcelona 

Elardus Park Shopping Centre,

cnr Delmas & Barnard Streets,

Elardus Park,

Pretoria

phone: 012 – 345 3602

email: info@cafebarcelona.co.za

Visit the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/225073830992372/

 

For more information contact Johnathan Martin on noquarterband@yahoo.co.uk

Press Release Mean Black Mamba: Raw foot stomping roots music – Album launch Friday 11 Oct – Side Street Studios 48 Albert Road Woodstock

Mean Black Mamba: Raw foot stomping roots music that grooves your body and soul. Words of humor and hope sliding between writhing riffs and the insistent thump of a cowhide drum. This is afro swamp gospel, this is blues n’ roll. Gritty & hard hitting, the music winds you off the floor and twists you to your feet. Fresh. Cosmic delta juju. Like its name-snake, mean with a smile on its face.

Born on the southern tip of Africa, Guy Collins has been playing guitar for most of his years. His interest really took off when he was 15 on a warm day. The long distance groove from somewhere in the American south, Howlin’ Wolf on Highway 49, beamed into the living room. African roots, blues, rock ‘n roll. A continual search for an elusive sound.

Mean Black Mamba Album Launch

“James van Minnen can extract a beat from a feather and a shoe if it were asked of him; seated at his drums he appears as a blur of limbs and crashing steel from which infectious rhythms emanate in metronomic waves…he infuses African and Middle Eastern rhythms into songs with hypnotic effect”

Mahala Review (voted in the top 25 artists of 2012 by IMR Magazine)

James van Minnen and Guy Collins have both been in the music scene for years, mostly somewhat under the radar, fuelling the backline in some of the more well-known outfits around.

Mean Black Mamba is the result of infrequent collaborations between these two musicians over the past decade, an unnamed two-piece appearing at house parties, street markets and other events where they have slipped in incognito and blown people away with their rich, gritty and rootsy sound.

Mean Black Mamba

Live, MBM follows the template of roots and rural musicians everywhere:

“Grooves are made for dancing and once people get moving, the music takes it’s own course. There are no rules when we are playing and while we have recorded an album of concise songs, we can stretch them out live and segue them into each other over whatever groove or tempo feels right at the time.

I believe that recording an album is an opportunity to create an art piece that reflects a moment in time and we have done our best to make an album that can stand for itself while imbuing it with the raw essence of our live sound.” – Guy Collins

“Our live shows clearly get people going and I think this has a lot to do with the fact that the music is as fresh to us as it is to the audience, being willing to ride the mamba wherever it chooses to take us.” – James van Minnen

Their much-anticipated “Killer album.” (Tim Lengfeld, Audio Mastering Engineer) will be launched at Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Rd, Woodstock, on October 11th this year where you can experience this and what is guaranteed to be one helluva shindig with some fantastic guest artists and collaborators.

Pre-buy albums, entry and awesome deals via their IndieGogo campaign at www.igg.me/at/mean-black-mamba

for press queries contact

Martin Myers

Table Mountain Blues Summit – History of Blues in SA Competition

Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013

Venue: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville Dates: 22- 23 November 2013.

The Table Mountain Blues Summit 2013 is set to give you a musical thrill that’s gonna groove your mojo soul! SA’s premier Blues Festival has found a new home at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville and on 22 and 23 November, the Cream of South Africa’s Blues- Rock Artists will be taking the stage.

To celebrate and trace the roots of Blues in South Africa, we will be running a competition in October: THE HISTORY OF BLUES IN SA COMPETITION: Mail your factual finds about the roots/history of Blues in SA, as well as any other fascinating tales about the development of Blues in SA to:  richardpryor@telkomsa.net and cc liny@mweb.co.za – the most interesting find will win R1 000.00. Your contributions will be posted to our website and facebook pages. Entry dates: From 1 – 31 October.

Blues is about where you’re coming from and where you’re going. Everywhere you look you can see a blues song just sitting there, waiting to happen. It’s a reflection of life, everything, everyday. It;s what your spirit does when it needs to be comforted and revived. It’s all that is genuine and honest in music, past, present and for damn sure, future.” Andre Kriel (The Black Cat Bones)

Now in its 8th year with the continued help of main sponsor Combustion Technology and Paul Bothner Music, The Table Mountain Blues Summit has established itself as a top music festival and is ready to hit awesome and epic status in 2013.

The line up for 2013:

Friday 22 November – from 16h00
Tombstone Pete, Mean Black Mamba,Robin Gallagher Trio (Fender), Ballistic Blues,
Them Tornados, Blues Broers, Pebbleman, Dan Patlansky, Fox Comet.

Saturday 23 November – from 12h30
Tombstone Pete, Jo Martin and Tony,Kevin Floyd and Guests,Crimson House Blues,
Robin Auld, Natasha Meister,Dave Ferguson, Ann Jangle, Gerald Clark, Albert Frost Trio,Boulevard Blues and Guests, Black Cat Bones.

History of The Blues Summit:

Mike Combrinck started the Blues Summit on the 15th November 2006 at the Tafelberg Tavern in Cape Town. This debut of the festival saw the reunion of the Blues Broers for a special summit performance, and with the help of Boulevard Blues, Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Delta Blue, Piet Botha and Southern Gypsey Queen, it was a great success.

In 2007 Mike entered into negotiation with long time bastion of Blues Rock, Richard Pryor to co-partner him in managing the Blues Summit. Richard ‘a solid man of Rock’ had an axe to grind and was sharpening his blues pencil to take the summit up a notch.His mandate was a musically successful summit with financial independence.

Tapping into his own musical resources, database and Blues Wigi Boards, Richard secured the sponsorship of Combustion Technology to help out financially.

Combustion Technology is a Company focused on Energy Efficiency.

Their core business is to concentrate on the supply of the most Modern Energy Efficient Equipment Solutions to the Steam, Hot water and Heating Industry.

Their goal is a reduction in Emissions and a decrease in Fuel Consumption

which results in a more efficient plant and a greatly reduced Carbon footprint.

More info at: www.combustiontechnology.co.za

Paul Bothner Music joined as a sponsor in 2009 and they have been a mainstay supporter and sponsor ever since. Fender threw some muscle into the event as well by offering a Genuine Fender axe giveaway at every summit.

Whats on the Blues Menu?

  • 19 top Bands over 2 days.
  • Top class quality 30000 watt outdoor sound rig.
  • Huge Lighting and a huge LED screen.
  • Hillcrest Quarry an awesome place and one of the most dramatic outdoor venues in SA.
  • Vibrant food and refreshment stalls and plenty of outside bars.
  • Plenty of free and secure off street parking.
  • Fender Guitar Giveaway and the Combustion Technology Cash Prize R1500.

Ticket sales are open and are available at Computicket:

Friday R160 and entry into the Fri Night Combustion Cash Prize Draw.

Saturday R220 and entry into the Sat Night Fender Guitar Lucky Draw.

Full Weekend R320 and entry into both Lucky Draws

Camping Ticket R160 (separate and limited to 200 tickets) Camping is for both nights.

Free entrance for children under 10 years.

Note: Only presales tickets qualify for the lucky draws. Winners of the main competitions must be there to claim their Prizes.

Direct Computicket booking link here: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/table_mountain_blues_summit_2013/763223194/0/55801813

Media contact: Liny Kruger – LK Mediabook 082 464 1926 / liny@lkmediabook.co.za

See www.bluesfest.co.za for more information.

“Blues is the soul translated into audible form.” Natasha Meister.

Regards,

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

Up The Creek 2014

Up the Creek 2014 – Breede River, Swellendam

Thursday 30 January – Sunday 2 February

It’s a Festival!

Springbok Nude Girls (20th year anniversary tour); Jeremy Loops; Black Cat Bones; Wonderboom; Desmond & the Tutus; The Plastics; Shortstraw; Dave Ferguson and the Mean Black Mambas; Gerald Clark, Beatenberg and many more.

Tickets: Available from Plankton.mobi.

https://plankton.mobi/Plankton/tickets/events/eventdetails/4e686d69-d521-e311-a190-0025907b01d0

Full weekend Ticket (Arrive Thursday or Friday): Presales: R650.00 / Gate: R700.00

Saturday and Sunday: Presales: R500. / Gate: R550.00

Queries General: Caitlin@redhotevents.co.za Queries: Media: liny@lkmediabook.co.za

Liny Kruger

LK MEDIABOOK

082 464 1926

021 556 1726

www.lkmediabook.co.za

Twitter: @Liny_Kruger

Rodriguez… A Man on Fire | Maties Marketing244

Searching For Sugar Man DVD (SA)

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.

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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