'Mr. Records' keeps Kenya's last vinyl music shop alive

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'Mr. Records' keeps Kenya's last vinyl music shop alive
In this photo taken Thursday, March 1, 2018, James "Jimmy" Rugami sits inside his vinyl records stall in Kenyatta Market in Nairobi, Kenya. Tucked into a busy market in Kenya's capital is "Real Vinyl Guru", arguably the last record store still in operation in the country and which now enjoys the growing interest of music lovers who want to look beyond sleek digital offerings and return to the pleasure of browsing for a classic find. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tucked into a busy market in Kenya’s capital is arguably the country’s last record store.

“Real Vinyl Guru” has been open for 28 years and now enjoys the growing interest of music lovers who want to look beyond sleek digital offerings and return to the pleasure of browsing for a classic African vinyl find.

Former disc jockey James “Jimmy” Rugami is at his shop every morning as early as 6, sorting through his latest discoveries. While many record shops closed in music’s shift to digital and with the rise of piracy, he patiently held on and collected the stock of closing stores.

Hundreds of collectors now flock to his store in Nairobi, and he has won attention from fellow vinyl fans overseas.