Celebrity spotting and cassette tape shopping in the Mother City

Celebrity spotting and cassette tape shopping in the Mother City

By Ian Bredenkamp

When last did you spot a celebrity in Cape Town? It happens more frequently that you’d think. Usher shopping at the Waterfront, Former US President Bill Clinton having dinner at the V&A Waterfront, Natasha Bedingfield filming a music video in Somerset road, Charlize Theron having lunch at The Grand – none of these are unusual occurrences.
Sometimes the stars love the Cape so much that they buy houses here. Madonna, Kylie and many more are rumoured to have homes in the Mother City. Ginger Baker from Eric Clapton’s band Cream lives in Tulbagh.
Duncan McKay from 70s & 80’s hit band 10cc has a house in the Southern Suburbs. Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics recently moved to Cape Town.

Mike Rutherford from Genesis and Mike & The Mechanics spends his summers in his Bantry Bay home.
I met up with Rock God Rutherford a few days before he returned to London. Rutherford had a bronze tan – clearly the recent Cape Town heat wave has served him well.

He spoke highly of our city and its residents and wished he could spend more time here. Mike and the Mechanics are considering including Cape Town in their 25 year anniversary tour. They’ve topped charts with singles including ‘The Living Years’ and ‘Word of Mouth’ since forming in 1985. Watch this space for concert details.
Speaking of musical memories: I popped into Mabu Vinyl off Kloof street for my first visit ever this week and did something I haven’t done since 1990 – I bought cassette tapes! INXS – ‘Kicks’, Suzanne Vega – ‘99.9 F’ and an obscure Japanese Eric Clapton bootleg. It’s worth noting that I don’t own a cassette player…but what a feeling holding the plastic case, remembering how it fits perfectly between your thumb and four fingers, sliding the tape out of the casing.

Mabu Vinyl was recently pushed into the spotlight thanks to the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Searching for Sugarman’. Please don’t go shopping there – I’d really like to buy everything in the store and don’t want any competition. Thank you.
I met up with Elvis Blue a few days ago. The platinum-selling SA star is touring media outlets across the country to talk about his new single ‘Not Gonna Say Goodbye’ off his second album ‘Journey’.
His first album was SAMA nominated and the latest album is receiving critical acclaim. Elvis is also set to become a daddy for the second time in just a few weeks.

Lastly, this week saw the opening of a new musical establishment named the Woodstock Academy of Music.
Founded by well-known musician Rus Nerwich and situated in Albert road, the Academy is a social space for musicians to mingle, write songs and offers recording space.

Visit www.woodstockacademyofmusic.co.za for details.

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