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Rodriguez coming to South Africa

2012-10-25 10:08
Cape Town - Big Concerts announced on Thursday that the legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will be heading to South Africa.

Two performances have been scheduled and will take place on Friday 15 February at the Big Arena Carnival City in Johannesburg and Wednesday 20 February at the Grand Arena, Grand West in Cape Town.

The Mexican-American singer-songwriter, known simply as Rodriguez, has been working on his music career in Detroit since the early 1960s.

Folk hero

It was also during this time that he launched his debut album Cold Fact. The album had been banned by the then apartheid government, but a bootleg recording of the album found its way into South Africa and became the official album for the young liberal resistance.

For the next two decades it was a nationwide phenomenon.

Yet, back in Detroit, Rodriguez had no idea that his music had secured him as a household hero for many in South Africa.

After rumours that Rodriguez had committed suicide, two South African fans set out on a journey to find out what really happened to their hero. This eventually led to the making of a documentary Searching For Sugar Man which achieved great success at this year's Sundance Festival in Utah.

The movie is still showing at selected Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide.

Tickets for the shows will go on public sale via all Computicket channels. Seating plans for Cape Town and Johannesburg are available on Computicket's website as well as Big Concerts' Facebook page.

Rodriguez Tour itinerary:

15 February 2013
Big Arena, Carnival City
Tickets from R310 – R520

Cape Town
20 February 2013
Grand Arena, Grand West
Tickets from R310 – R520

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