A Letter To Rodriguez From Liz In Chicago.

Dear Mr. Rodriguez,

I understand you have many, many fans all over the world and likely get thousands and thousands of notes.

I am a loyal fan.

I was at the show you played on Tuesday, May 14, 2014 at the Chicago Theatre. I cheered the loudest.

Your incredible story played on the big screen at the Music Box Theatre, in Chicago. I loved the film, and I truly love you.

My family is here in Detroit and I am in town now. I see that you are across the world, where I have friends in Melbourne. I wish you safe travels. You sounded exactly like you do on your records.

I’m captivated by your incredible story and loving daughters.

Your show was the highlight of my week. Two days later, I lost my job. Two days after that my long-time boyfriend broke up with me. The following week I turned 49. Life – not cancer bad – just life.

I tell you this with the belief that my “fan note” will flicker across your computer screen and you’ll read that seeing you was – most obviously – not just the highlight of my week – but an experience that I relieve when I listen to your voice, from my computer, iPod and car stereo.

Thank you for your efforts that include safety for women – while you sing so beautifully and poetically about social justice.

Mr. Rodriguez, your voice needs to be heard.

As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I am actively engaged in “tikun olam” – repairing the world. I’m including a link to a 60-essay that I wrote and read for Holocaust Remembrance Day. I know you will understand:


Many thanks. I wish you continued good health and success.

I am going to keep track of your tours, with the sincere I hope I will be so lucky to shake your hand – and let you know that I intend to write about you.

Like you, I have important work to do. Educating children about these horrors, that, so astoundingly, continue in other countries.

When the last eye-witness to the Holocaust passes away in my generation – like my dad did, in almost good health, to 95 – it is on me to be their voice, of those who perished.

I look forward to meeting you. I know the line is long. It’s okay. I can wait. I am patient. Like you.

Best wishes,


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Sugar Man by Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela and Dave Matthews, Friday October 10, 2014 at Carnegie Hall

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The Man Who Found Sugar Man | Sunday Argus October 5, 2014

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‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Rodriguez to make his Royal Albert Hall debut | Life at the Hall


Cult singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to London in 2015 to make his Royal Albert Halldebut in a special show on 7 May 2015.

Rodriguez’s rise to international fame is perhaps one of the most fascinating stories in music. After the release of two little-sold albums in the early 1970s, Rodriguez’s work became hugely successful in South Africa, Australia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, unbeknownst to him.

Years later a group of loyal South African fans attempted to make contact with their hero; their successful efforts and Rodriguez’s intriguing life story were retold in the 2012 documentary film Searching for Sugar Man. The feature won in the Best Documentary categories at the 2013 BAFTA and Academy Awards and has brought Rodriguez’s music belated international fame and acclaim.

VIDEO: I Wonder from Searching for Sugar Man. Originally on Rodriguez’s debut album Cold Fact

This 2015 show will be Rodriguez’s first performance at London’s most iconic venue and follows sell-out concerts at prestigious venues around the world.


Tickets for Rodriguez at the Royal Albert Hall go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 1 October 2014 and will be available via www.royalalberthall.com or by calling the Box Office on 020 7589 8212.

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Interviews with Stephen Segerman and Brian Currin at Mabu Vinyl, 22 September 2014 | Dagbreek, Kyknet

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Behind every man who strives to be great, there’s already a woman who is great. Mine goes by the name of Heidi Hoy, now Heidi Marais – the most free spirited woman I know. Come to think of it, the only woman I know.

We’ve been together for 27 years this year. Together we’ve seen it all. Bought all the T-shirts, in all different sizes. We’ve been through thicker and thinner. Had our ups and our downs. But we stuck it out, because that’s what life’s about.

She’s been the woman behind me every step of the way from the day we opened the doors to Joe Public, our first advertising shop in Loop Street, Cape Town. And she walked beside me up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for education in South Africa.

She wiped my tears of despair when we lost half our business in 2006 and cried with me in joy when we bought Joe back from DraftFCB in 2009.

Together we celebrated my first Loerie Grand Prix back in 1997, and together in 2008 we celebrated something greater than the greatest award: The birth of our boy, Jasper.

She’s waited for me thousands of nights when I worked late and is beside me every morning when I rise before the sun.

She was my biggest groupie when I played for The Kin, Guns For Hire, Helvetica Bold (Helvetiva Italic when we had too much Tequila) and the Voodudes.

She’s the star of all my songs and the center of my Universe. She’s the reason I turned my life around and the reason I will never turn back.

But she never would have been with me if it weren’t for you, Sugar Man.

You see, I lost her heart at the end of High School, a low point of my life. I lost my girl to a boy who could play the guitar.


So I learned to play the axe, Sugar Man. I learned to play each song off your first album. And together with Crucify Your Mind, Hate Street Dialogue, I Wonder, and Forget It, I convinced her not to forget me.

Because of you, Sugar Man, I won my girl back. And that’s a concrete cold fact.

I watched ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ tonight. It left me with tears of awe. So here’s to you, Sixto Rodriguez. You’ve had an impact on my life in more ways than you may ever know.


Pepe Marais


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