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.

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

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