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BIG Concerts has confirmed that the legendary Rodriguez will be returning to South Africa to perform in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in January and February 2016.
The Durban concert will take place at the ICC Durban Arena on January 31. Tickets, priced from R340 to R625, go on sale tomorrow at 9 am at Computicket and www.bigconcerts.co.za
Rodriguez, the legendary singer and songwriter known only by his surname, began performing in bars and clubs around the city of Detroit in the U.S. in the sixties, and it was there that he recorded two studio albums, Cold Fact in 1969 and Coming from Reality in 1971.
These compositions went mostly unnoticed in the United States and Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working in construction and factory jobs to support his family.
The singer and songwriter was unaware that he had reached legendary folk-rock superstar status in South Africa, where rumours circulated that he had died.
In the late nineties, South African fans finally sought him out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career. Their story is told in the 2012 Oscar award-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, which has given Rodríguez a new measure of fame worldwide.
He has perhaps one of the most unusual true stories to tell — one of fleeting fame finally realised.
Rodriguez is enjoying the collective dream of a musician, beating the odds and finding a place in music history. With a music career that has withstood the test of time, the story of Rodriguez is one of sweet success.
His last tour to South Africa sold out in minutes, performing to over 40 000 fans across nine shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Don’t miss an evening with the legendary Rodriguez as he returns to South Africa in 2016 to play all your favourite songs.
— Arts Editor
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