The figures are in and according to The Guardian, digital downloads are dying a slow death. The cause? A recent upswing in the sale of vinyl records. Get on track with this latest return to retro on a luxury Cape Town retail expedition with a difference.
A bit of everything at Roastin’ Records
Cape Town entrepreneur, Wentzel van der Gryp has been onto this trend long before it became a thing and has been marketing a return to vinyl since 2012 from his original store at The Eye in Cape Town and has recently added another outlet at 11 Buitensingel.
As an avid enthusiast regarding all things musical, Wentzel discovered the joys of vinyl records while working as a Barista at Deluxe Coffeeworks in Gardens.
Turning his back on the beans for good, and enlisting the help of his best bud, Hein, Wentzel opened Roastin’ Records at The Eye Café in Loop Street. This shop soon became the go-to place for good times. Selling sound systems, cassettes, CD’s and clothing, there was even a DJ crew and record label thrown into the mix.
Old style tunes at Mabu Vinyl
Jacques Vosloo and Stephen Segerman have been in the game even longer. Their petite shop in Gardens has been selling LP’s cassettes, books and comics since 2002. This is the domain of many priceless golden oldies from the tech, jazz and soul genres.
Share the love with Vinyl Digz
These guys have taken music appreciation to a whole new level. Curators, Pierre-Estienne and Jess Cross, are responsible for arranging entire days where enthusiasts can get together on a scenic rooftop and share their love of vinyl. A loaf of bread for charity or R50 gets you ‘in the door’ to one of these laid-back events, with visiting DJ’s spinning the tunes.
Keep a watch on their Facebook page for details of their next gig. Record-swapping is a favourite pastime on these occasions so it’s a good place to pick up a bargain or two.
Likewise, Future Nostalgia hosts parties and gigs at venues and markets all over the city where fans of vinyl can get into the vibe. Visiting DJ’s and celebrity mixes are all the rage at these do’s. You can also browse through a selection of records, cassettes and artwork up for sale.
Enjoy a nostalgic trip in search of your long lost favourites at any of these trendy outlets. While you are at it, we can hook you up with some luxury Cape Town accommodation nearby.
Get in touch and start exploring Cape Town’s little-known retail adventures.
Mabu Vinyl music store is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm and on Sunday from 9am to 3pm. Visit the website Mabuvinyl.co.za
2 Rheede Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 423 7635 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Consult the Vinyl Digz Facebook page to find dates and venue info for the rooftop parties. The jams typically go down once monthly from November 2013 to March 2014.
+27 (0) 76 270 6372
Future Nostalgia takes place every Tuesday from 8pm to 2am at the Straight No Chaser Club (formerly Mahogany Room). Get line-up info and guest details on their Facebook page.
79 Buitenkant Street | Cape Town | email@example.com