STILL SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN…

Freq. Magazine Earlier this year I made a trip to Cape Town, South Africa to attend Afrikaburn, the Burning Man of Africa. I had first been introduced to it four or five years ago by my friend Tal and have been going annually ever since. 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 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 his record store, Mabu, to see if I could find any of his music on vinyl.When it comes to vinyl, I only really buy 45s these days. There’s something about those little records that I just really love, along with the challenge of actually tracking down hard-to-find songs on 7” rather than on an album. This usually involves hours of digging in the most obscure places but, when you score something you’ve been looking for ages, or discover something you didn’t know about, it’s pretty satisfying…

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