The 10 best ... record stores

2014-03-16 10:00

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The old art of record collecting is still alive as independent record shops crop up across SA despite the growth of online music sales. Percy Mabandu lists 10 of his best

1 Mabu Vinyl

This tune emporium was established in 2001 by Jacques Vosloo, who now co-owns it with Stephen Segerman. The store was memorialised in the

Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman

in which it featured extensively. It stocks a rare selection of classics with a catalogue including second-hand records, books, comics, CDs, DVDs and cassettes. The average price of a record is R80 and the store is open seven days a week.

2 Rheede Street, Gardens, Cape Town

2 Revolution Records

This hipster haven trades in both new and previously loved vinyl, CDs, tapes and DVDs. Apart from peddling the funk, it also offers repairs on record players. The clientele has a propensity to hold on to old technology. It was founded by Laurent Lemoine in 2001 and is open seven days a week. Records cost from R40 upwards.

85 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town


3 Steeve’s Record Shop

This old establishment in Pretoria’s historic kasbah or Asiatic Bazaar, as Marabastad is officially known today, is the oldest music shop in the country’s administrative capital.

It opened its doors in the mid-1970s to service the musical needs of Tshwane’s jazz purists, gospel lovers and beyond.

At any given time, there’s music pouring out of its shabby doors amid the din of hooting taxis.

Jerusalem Street, Marabastad, Pretoria

4 Voom Voom Vintage

The shop is in the heart of Cape Town’s bohemian Observatory. It is run by Fred “Spider” Jacquier, who opened its doors in June last year. In keeping with tradition, the shop also trades in both new and second-hand vinyl. Prices go as low as R40

all the way up to the edge of reasonability.

In true hipster fashion, they also sell clothing, accessories, books and furniture. They are open seven days a week from 10am to 9pm.

19 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town


5 Multi-Racial Records

This started as an events company in 1999 and turned into a record store in 2003.

It is the brainchild of DJ Sisco Ribeiro and his friend Art Jones, who passed away in 2009. Out of their shared passion for House music, it grew into a favourite spot for House vinyl collectors.

The shop is also home to a record label of the same name, which famously championed a first-on-vinyl release strategy at a time when CDs had taken over the industry. They now boast a DJ school.

Duncan Yard Centre, 1204 Prospect Street, Hatfield, Tshwane

6 iSalon Music Recordings

This year marks a decade of this store’s existence as a music retailer and almost four years as owners of the newly established Brooklyn Theatre. It has shaped itself into an essential one-stop shop, selling both local and international classical, world and jazz music. It also stocks live concerts, opera and art films on DVD, along with collector’s vinyl.

Shop 10, Lower Level, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria


7 Record Mad

This is perhaps one of Joburg’s best-kept secrets. The store has more than 5?000 offerings with genres varying from jazz and rock to classics. It prides itself on being a sanctuary for musical archaeologists.

Prices range from R5 on bargain buys to about R200 for highly sought-after jewels. It’s only open on Friday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm and Saturdays from 10am.

Shop 4, Linden Place, 59 4th Avenue, Linden, Joburg

8 Jazz Avenue

This is Joburg’s jazz collectors’ newest excitement. It began its life as an online shop run by Etienne Shardlow. But since much of the jazz consuming crowd comprises baby boomers who still find the internet daunting, the shop had to find a physical home.

It stocks all manner of jazz from across the world including CDs, DVDs and a focused selection of collectible vinyl.

Stall A08, Brightwater Commons, Republic Road, Randburg, Joburg


9 Just CDs

Inside the cavernous passageways of Braamfontein Centre, this store has been servicing Jozi’s inner-city musical needs for the past 12 years. It’s run by Eddie Mudau.

Though its core focus is jazz, its stock also includes other genres – from rare soul and lounge to dub kwaito and reggae. Vinyl junkies and CD collectors can find their fill at the store that operates from Monday to Saturday.

Braamfontein Centre, corner De Korte and Jan Smuts streets, Joburg


10 Deerhunter

The shop was founded by Shaun Baskind and Kezia Eales in Joburg but relocated to Cape Town in December 2012. This migration is aptly in keeping with that of its nomadic hippie clientele.

Deerhunter peddles not just used records that include CDs and vinyl across genres, it also sells clothing, furniture, toys, record players, books and more. It’s open from Monday to Saturday. Records are priced from R30and are famously willing to negotiate.

409 Albert Road, Salt River, Cape Town

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