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End of music carrier distribution in South Africa - Press Release

 Our flagship label, Mountain Records has finally ceased sales of physical product being distributed in southern Africa. For our many different artists it is the end of a long history of selling music on physical formats in the territory. Future releases and the current catalogue will be available in digital distribution and a small quantity of CDs and LPs that are still in our Hamburg warehouse will be available in Germany, essentially on mail order. There will be some exceptions where Vinyl and possibly CD might be used on new releases as well. In 1980 a division of EMI UK, EMI South Africa (SA) took on the label through their CCP Records department, releasing the debut releases of our Cape Town based projects. These included Dave Nissen , the first artist to be on Mountain Records and the debut album of David Kramer . These were followed by amongst others, Robin Auld and Z-Astaire, Edi Niederlander, Amampondo, Robbie Jansen   - well over a hundred albums (and even more singles) by
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Jan Wouter re-issues Sharqi Blues album

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McCully/Mackay reveal title track for their forthcoming second album

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