Rodriguez ready for Cape Town

2013-02-08 12:25
Cape Town – Legendary singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez has arrived in Cape Town and has been spotted in Woodstock where he's rehearsing for his shows at the Grand Arena, reports Die Burger.

John Langford, Chief Operating Officer of Big Concerts, told Die Burger that Rodriguez arrived in South Africa on Wednesday and that he's rehearsing at The Campus of Performing Arts in Woodstock.

"As I understand it, he hasn't had time to see the city yet. He's rehearsing most of the time," Langford said.

Rodriguez, who last visited South Africa in 2005, is scheduled to perform nine shows in South Africa.

Known for his albums Cold Fact (1970) and Coming from Reality (1971), Rodriguez was initially booked for only two shows, one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg, but then another five shows were added due to an overwhelming demand from fans. Tickets for all shows are sold out.

Tour itinerary

Cape Town
9, 10, 20, 21 February 2013
Grand Arena, Grand West

12, 13, 15, 16 and 18 February 2013
Big Arena, Carnival City

Folk hero

Rodriguez has been working on his music career in Detroit since the early 1960s.

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 has won several awards and has been nominated for an Oscar.

In anticipation of his shows, check out this live performance of Rodriguez singing Crucify Your Mind on The David Letterman Show:

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  • oz.mann.1 - 2013-02-08 16:26

    The 'rock-umentary' is a nice 'feel-good' story but its a bit selective and manipulative in what facts it chooses to share with the viewer to be an actual genuine 'documentary'. Rodriguez was a big star in Australia in the 70s and 80s as well and played concerts there to crowds of up to 15,000 people. The documentary fails to mention his Oz success at all, and let's (in fact makes) the viewer believe that SA was the only place that he sold records and that his concert in 1998 was his first big concert. That simply was not the case.

      alcide.herveaux.1978a - 2013-02-08 17:03

      Yes - I also noticed that regarding the film. I did some research of my own, and some of the facts were a bit scewed. He was in fact big in Australia and New Zealand at the same time, and also had some minor success in the UK. A few things did not add up in the documentary, but overall very good.

  • pieter.e.botha - 2013-02-08 23:58

    You must remember though that South Africa during that time was cut off from the world and didn't know what was going on in Australia and the UK. They knew even less about their favorite musician. All they knew was his music. This documentary is as much about the fans discovering their favorite artist again after so long.

  • chaze.damonze - 2013-02-09 12:55

    No one likes aussies

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-02-09 17:04

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

  • leslie.rabie - 2013-02-10 19:24

    Got out tickets! Cant wait too see you the 12th!!

  • RealityDan - 2013-02-11 09:05

    I'll be there...Cape Town 21 February 2013...with friends.

  • Ryan - 2013-02-12 16:14

    why doesnt he come to durban.... we would love to have him here!!!

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