How many hours do you need to dig through 8,000 vinyl records? That’s a question to be answered at the music bazaar Musika 2 at the Black Box, Publika in Kuala Lumpur on April 23.
With 30 booths confirmed for the free admission event, which runs 2pm to 9pm, you can safely say that music lovers will have hours of digging fun with crates of vinyl, CDs, cassettes and books on sale.
“There will be more vinyl – new and pre-loved – on sale for this second edition of Musika. This time, we’ve got a colourful cast of independent record shops, indie sellers and private collectors. In short, that’s a lot of digging hours to look forward to, come prepared with a trolley,” says Nurul Jannah, one of the organisers from the Musika collective, a group of music lovers determined to keep physical formats alive.
The Musika bazaar, which debuted in January, is a collaboration with Publika. It is a quarterly event. The upcoming Musika 2, featuring deejays, is also part of the Urbanscapes 2016 programme.
“Vinyl is the anchor format, the star attraction, at Musika 2. The thing with vinyl is that the format creates its own word-of-mouth buzz. People just love a good digging adventure. But we’re not ignoring CDs and cassettes, which also have a significant following,” she adds.
Essentially, Musika is a meeting point for music lovers and record buyers.
“Music makes the best kind of marketplace. Meeting and networking with other collectors – all in one space – is always a great experience, especially when many collectors are used to the usual Amcorp scene where it isn’t music-centric. I would love to see more EPs around for this Musika,” says Sarah Amer, a music fan and deejay, who is a collector of retro South-East Asian pop records.
Kelvin Oon, a photographer, is hoping to take home a stash of rare records, especially of the funk and soul variety.
“What makes Musika cool is the total randomness from booth to booth! I’m looking to get some good bargains from the second-hand bins. There could be some Baby Huey, Candi Staton and Sly Johnson LPs waiting to be rescued. Fingers crossed!” he exclaimed.
Cassette collector Zam Ismail, a lecturer, is planning a different path at Musika 2 – he will be hunting for vintage tapes.
“Maybe there will be someone looking to offload cassettes. I’ve got an empty bag ready to scoop them up, especially local music cassettes which were never available on vinyl or CD,” says Zam.
Elsewhere, veteran record seller Joe Rozario is excited about making a Musika debut with his shop Joe’s MAC.
“We’re taking Joe’s MAC on tour! We got two tables at Musika 2. That’s a nice fit. I’ll pick the best records from the shop. Add some fresh stock, too. Musika 2 can be an extension of Record Store Day. For me, every day is a good day to buy records,” says Rozario.
Musika 2, according to Nurul, is geared up for a diverse spread. Whether it is pop, classic rock, classical, indie, hip hop, experimental music, jazz, dance and all points in between, there will be a vendor to suit your taste.
The vendors (some with two tables) include independent record stores like Joe’s MAC, Tandang Store, Hard Graft Records, Teenage Head Records and Crossroads Records. The indie sellers, distro labels and private collectors are Red Planet Merah, Shiny Happy People, SK Vinyl, Vertical Sphere, Metal Malaya, Vinyl Malaya, Peluru Dalam Perahu, Rawk of Ages, Badmotorfinger, Musicxpassion, Herbal Records, Mixx Store, El Pee Records, Effloresce Records, Uncle Zak, Gee Amcorp, Soundscape Records, Nameless, ManAssault Distro, Ben’s Bitches in the Bat Cave and Music Station.