A History of Mars Music

Mars Music South Africa opened its doors in the city of Cape Town back in August 2005. Passionate musicians and entrepreneurs, Mike Vaughan and Richard Edwards shared the vision to establish a premium musical instrument store in the centre of Cape Town that showcases the widest range of world-class gear all under one roof. Ultimately, Mars Music opened as the largest Musical Instrument store in Africa at the time. The motto of Mars Music has remained the same since inception - to present the widest range of instruments at unbeatable prices through knowledgeable staff, offering outstanding service.

The flagship store is located in the Cape Town city centre on Buitengracht Street. The success of the city store led to the expansion of the Mars Music footprint through the Western Cape. Currently two Mars Music stores are trading in the Cape, Mars Music Cape Town and Glengarry.

In addition to the sales of musical instruments and pro audio equipment, Mars Music also offers a full time installation division responsible for numerous installs into restaurants, hotels, live music venues, nightclubs and houses of worship. We provide a complete solution to our customers that include sound, lights, projection, staging and acoustic treatment.

Andrew MacPherson joined Mike and Richard as an owner in 2013. His vast experience in the music entertainment industry has added great value to the business.

The Brand

Our stores traded as Marshall Music for the majority of our first ten years in business and we are grateful for that period in our history. Just short of a decade, we strategically commenced a rebranding process, taking the opportunity to embrace the digital domain while presenting the brand to an emerging market through bold and vibrant colours. The next season is an exciting one as we embrace change and look to grow market share as Mars Music.

Our Vision

It is MARS Music’s vision to continue supplying musicians, churches, schools, theatres, live music venues, restaurants, hire companies, studios and more with all their musical instrument desires and needs. We pride ourselves in selling a wide range of quality brands and we guarantee every customer superior after sales service.

Community Involvement

Mars Music in the Western Cape is also extensively involved in community initiatives to develop the musical talent of the future via events such as: HIGH SCHOOL JAM AND INSPIRED STAGES AT THE GRAND ARENA, BANDSLAM, TAKE THE STAGE AND GIFT OF THE VOICE AT THE V&A WATERFRONT ARENA. Rocking the Daisies and Synergy Live Music Festivals are among some of the events Mars Music is proud to be associated with.

Meet the Founders

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