If you are familiar with the story of Rodriguez and the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, you know the musician and Apartheid-era South Africa intersect. His music became a rallying cry for the oppressed and those opposed to the government.
Mabu Vinyl on Rheede St. in Cape Town is where the search for Rodriguez began. Owner Stephen “Sugar” Segerman was a fan of the singer, who didn’t have success in America but was beloved in South Africa. When he heard a rumor that Rodriguez might be dead, he went on a journey to find the musician and bring him to South Africa.
You can see a little bit of music and movie history and make your music snob friends jealous by visiting Mabu Vinyl. Unfortunately, I passed the store twice and both times it was closed (Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-6, Sun 11-3). DOH! It’s a six minute walk from my favorite bar in the city, The Power and the Glory, and around the corner from the awesome burger place Hudson’s. That Kloof Street area is filled with great bars, eateries and cool looking people.