Rodriguez on Fan’s Bucket List

I’m at a point in my life right now that I am making a bucket list of things that I would like to do before it’s too late. One of the items on my bucket list is to see Rodriguez live in concert, or at least meet him and hear him play at least a few chosen tunes. I love everything I know about this amazing man. I do not see any tour dates on your website nor do I find any on the research I’ve done on my own. I have several questions? Is he available for private private parties? Does he play local gigs? Is it worth it to just travel to New York and hoping to see him or is it possible to arrange a meeting. I’m looking for any help that you may be able to give me. I have been beyond impressed by this musical genius ever since someone suggested that I see his documentary, Searching For Sugar Man. Please send any and all info. All help is appreciated.

Love

Brigid McDaniel


In the US, most people still don’t have a clue about [Rodriguez]

Just thought I would send a quick note. I am sitting here listening to some Sixto. If not for the movie which I saw in Kuwait in 2016, I doubt I would have ever heard any of his music. In the US, most people still don’t have a clue about him. But I crank his music when I can and always hear the same thing “Who is that?” I smile with glee and so the story telling begins……..

Al Dunaway

A massive thank you to Rodriguez

I would just like to say a massive thank you to Rodriguez for (in my opinion) the best tracks ever created!! You are a true legend! I am sooooo pleased to hear that you are finally getting the royalties you so deserve! However, I understand that material things are not top of your list, which makes you all the more admirable. I will continue throughout my life to listen to your great inspirations and send you lots of love. Thank you for the music and the most wonderful riff ever produced!

Zena Deakin. Farnham, Surrey, UK. XX

One Morning in Gurgaon now available on vinyl | Guy Buttery

One Morning in Gurgaon
One Morning in Gurgaon

Straight after returning home from my nationwide South African tour with Mohd. Amjad Khan and Mudassir Khan, the long awaited vinyl release of our album “One Morning in Gurgaon” arrived at my door.

After many a moon, I am super happy to announce this vinyl edition. This super limited run LP was selected as part of a specially curated series with Japanese company (Qrates) and they look and sound next level. This pressing has been specifically remastered for vinyl and includes two exclusive and unreleased bonus tracks for download which are not available anywhere else.

There are extremely limited stocks available I’m afraid so dive at it before they all run away to their new homes. Hit up the link to nab one right about here.

Much love guys!

One Morning in Gurgaon
One Morning in Gurgaon

PRESS FOR “ONE MORNING IN GURGAON”

A spontaneous dream. A compendium of enrapturing sonic stories.” PopMatters

Dexterous, defiant and delicate all at once.”Texx and The City

magically spirits you away to this land of enduring mystery and majesty.”The Herald

these masterly improvisations weave from strands of several musical traditions a rich tapestry that is downright mesmerizing.” – Minor7th

Wonderful Irish Cover Version Of A Rodriguez Song By Gerry Arias

Gerry Arias

Gerry Arias is a well-known Irish musician who has been active in that industry for a long time. He has  also become a big fan of Sixto Rodriguez ever since he saw the film ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ and has been very influenced by that story, and Rodriguez’s music, ever since. So, Gerry recently decided to record a cover version of the Rodriguez song ‘Jane S. Piddy’, off the album ‘Cold Fact’.

However, Gerry’s interpretation of this Rodriguez’s tune is called ‘Jane S. Paddy’!

This artistic liberty was taken in honour of the “Irish” twist to the song. Gerry’s version is done in a 6/8 Irish gig rhythm with an airy vocal. Both the song and video were recorded on the west coast of Ireland and features Brian Flemming on Bodhran, and Quentin Cowper on guitar.

You can see this excellent video for ‘Jane S. Paddy’ by Gerry Arias here:

And here’s the song on Bandcamp:

‘Sugar Man’ the book is now available on eBook!

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez

In September 2015, ‘Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez’  by Craig Bartholomew-Strydom and Stephen Segerman, was published by Penguin in response to the demand for more information behind the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ by Malik Bendjelloul.

For all those fans of Rodriguez and his music and the amazing story behind the search and his re-emergence and current world-wide fame, here are some shops on the web where one can buy the eBook version of this book online:

1.  Amazon.com:

2. Kobo.com:

https://www.kobo.com/gr/en/ebook/sugar-man-the-birth-death-and-resurrection-of-sixto-rodriguez

3. Booktopia.com:

https://www.booktopia.com.au/sugar-man-craig-bartholomew-strydom/ebook/9781473525948.html

4. Apple Books:

https://books.apple.com/au/book/sugar-man/id992399076

5. Penguin.com:

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/sugar-man-9781473525948

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez

Has Rodriguez Stopped Touring?

I saw “Searching for Sugarman” in 2013, the year it won the Oscar, and immediately afterwards searched for concert dates. At that time the only tours I could find were in South Africa. I started thinking about Rodriguez today — which turns out to be his birthday! — and again looked for concerts near me. From what I’ve been able to find out, he has, in the past, performed in the U.S., but it appears that he has not performed this year and has nothing scheduled. Will he be touring in the U.S. again anytime in the next few years or has he stopped touring?

Ralph Kaden

Live In Europe?

DEAR RODRIGUEZ, As I love you and your great inspiring music, my question is: will you still be giving a live performance / a concert anytime in the near future??? Any chance of seeing you live somewhere in Europe?? Wishing you a most happy, healthy and joyful 80th birthday, all the very best from Germany.

Tabea

Happy 80th Birthday Rodriguez!

Please join us in wishing Rodriguez a Happy Birthday on the occasion of his 80th Birthday which falls on July 10th!

On behalf of all of us at the official Rodriguez website, Sugarman.org, we send our warmest wishes to Rodriguez and we hope that he has a wonderful day celebrating with his family, and that he is blessed with a Peaceful, Joyful, and Healthy year!

For all of his fans around the world, who would like to join us in sending warm wishes to Rodriguez, please feel free to do so by posting your messages here: https://www.facebook.com/SugarMan.org/

Sending Our Warmest Regards and Greeting to you all, from South Africa!

Brian, Sugar and Craig.

Message from Linda in Michigan

Just happened to watch Searching for Sugar Man, not only one fascinating back story but what an amazing musician. I’m 69 years old so this is my music. I feel somewhat cheated never being exposed to his gifts until now. Rodriguez has been in Detroit and I’m in southwest Michigan, so close. Please schedule a concert soon. There’s a small, beautiful little theater called The Acorn in Three Oaks, Michigan, not too far away, wink wink.

Linda L LaPorte

The One Mad Tea Party Festival | Jou Radio

From https://www.jouradio.co.za/news/the-one-mad-tea-party-festival-40

The One Mad Tea Party Festival
The One Mad Tea Party Festival

The One Mad Tea Party Festival

After returning last night to my home base, 15 km outside Polokwane in the Limpopo province, I will admit I am still getting to grips with all the happenings from the last week. A few weeks prior I received a message from my now close friend, Johann Latsky. He said they are organising a music festival near Caledon, Western Cape, and asked me if I would like to join. There was no way I was going to miss this opportunity even though it was about 1700km away. The ONE was an exclusive state-of-the-art venue, situated on Shaw’s Pass, between Hermanus and Caledon. With 22 of South Africa’s hottest bands and luxury glamping facilities, this was truly Heaven on Earth and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I left Polokwane, 14h00 in the afternoon, and after a quick overnight pit stop in Pretoria, I hit O.R. Tambo International Airport, early the next morning. I was graciously flown by Lift Airlines, who were also one of the sponsors for the festival. May I say that Lift Airlines are really a jewel amongst all the other local airlines? They even gave us free wine and chocolate coated, gluten free, vegan, roasted chick peas! Sitting on the plane, waiting for our departure, I saw the crew loading two guitar cases and a bag with drum-symbols. It was immediately clear that I was being accompanied by a band on my flight and I made it a mission to try and identify them. My son recently got into the “Where’s Wally” books and I think all the practice finding Wally, helped me. I had no problem identifying the guys from the band Shadowclub, as well as Mariska Geyer, road manager for the band Prime Circle. They were accompanied by the members from Southern Gypsy Queen and Andre Kriel, guitar player for the Black Cat Bones. On arrival in Cape Town, I had a quick chat with the band and then met up with my long-time friend, Leon Nieuwoudt. We were on our way to the One Mad Tea Party Festival. 

Naturally we had to stop on-route at a few places for some chit chats with the locals and a few glasses of wine. However, we didn’t waste too much time because Anton Goosen was opening the stage and we had to be there. On arrival at the venue, we were friendlily greeted and shown towards our tents. Glamping was only a term I have heard before, but it became more meaningful to me once we got to our tents. The tents had a carpet, two beds, a power point with bed lamps and of course, electric blankets. Happiness!

We got our stuff together and decided to hit the stage. On our way we witnessed the most beautiful sunset and had to stop for a few selfies. The venue was amazing, with a fully stocked bar and seating surrounded by artificial grass. The atmosphere was one of excitement, filled with music lovers who knew what it was all about. Once Anton arrived, I was blown away by the sound and lighting. It was a proper job and way beyond what was necessary, but is it ever enough?

Anton Goosen is a legend in the music industry. Most people still remember his Afrikaans hits from the 80’s and he didn’t disappoint. He did a couple of his hit songs but his stories were the highlight for me. After more than 30 years of performing there were loads of snippets he could share with the crowd and we loved it. He captivated his audience and I was fully mesmerised. Afterwards, we had a quick conversation and hurried back to the stage for the next band. The Southern Gypsy Queen’s performance was talked about throughout the weekend. They went on stage without any flair or pretention but delivered something I will remember for a long time. It was pure passion and fun. They were happy to be there and we all agreed. With Andre Kriel from the Black Cat Bones standing in on guitar, they kicked it off with personality and energy and the crowd eagerly responded to their energy. They prepared a special ‘Rock n Roll’ set and we were jumping around with every song. I realised after their second song, that we were witnessing something special. It was only the second band out of 22 and I was already blown away.

After a quick photo back stage and a friendly introduction, we ran back to the stage to watch one of my favourite musicians, Dan Patlansky. A friend of mine who spent some time with Anton Goosen backstage, while Southern Gypsy Queen was playing, told me later that Dan was chilling next to them and while the band was playing, he was warming up for his set by working out their songs. He was improvising, but it took him no effort to play along with them, even though he had probably never heard them before. Dan is a musical genius unlike any musician I have seen before. His reputation stretches far and wide and I wasn’t surprised to see the guys from Spoegwolf standing close to the stage when I got there, waiting for Dan to appear. He was brilliant. Throughout his show I could see he was mimicking the music in his head. While his lips moved and the veins in his neck popped, eyes closed, he was a player possessed. I don’t think any review will ever do his shows justice. Dan Patlansky is one of a kind. I am honoured and blessed to have witnessed this maestro in his natural habitat. The thing about him is not just his music it’s his attitude as well. Just a short conversation with him will make you feel like you are talking to your best friend. His people skills are as natural as his guitar playing.

Dan was followed by one of the hottest South African bands at the moment. Every Spoegwolf show will be familiar if you have seen it before but there is something unique about them. Wherever they go, the crowd always enthusiastically sings along to their songs. Danie du Toit has a unique energy and I found myself smiling as they performed their hits. It’s this familiarity that brings people together. The four members of Spoegwolf are a brotherhood. No matter where or when they perform, they have a fan base. They are rightfully the current Face of Alternative Afrikaans Music, as someone accurately commented. I tried to grab another photo with the guys after the show, to add to my already growing collection; however they quickly disappeared into the night. Later I realised they had another show the following night in Pretoria.

The first night ended with something unique and I will admit it took me a few minutes to adjust to the change of pace and vibe. Pascal and Pearce have for a long time been legends in the dance scene. My buddy Leon knew Pascal and therefore they were on our list of artists we really wanted to see. Their show reminded me of my clubbing days and being a dance DJ myself when I was younger. They had it all! It was a high energy light show with a lot of personality, transforming my nostalgia into something recent and very enjoyable. After a quick photo and short conversation, I couldn’t help but wonder what type of adventures they’ve been on and what their day to day lives must be like.

We decided to end our night in the VIP lounge but quickly realised it would be better to save our energy for the next morning. Our warm beds awaited us and I had a good night’s rest with my warm blanket set on a toasty but still mild, no 2 setting. I was exhausted.

We woke up quite early the next morning, according to the Cape standards. We grabbed our towels and headed to the showers. The portable showers were clean and had enough hot water for me to sing a few of my favourite Rock songs. Leon and I drank our daily vitamins, specially designed for men our age, and then we decided to take a walk on the 5km trail. Leon wore his Ice-Cream coloured Tekkies, he called the colour ‘mint’, but this is my story.  I am not sure we did the whole 5km but we ended up in a field somewhere with another amazing view of the valley. The Blue Mountains in the distance reminded me of something ancient and unchanging. We tend to fight our present circumstances at times, worrying about our day to day existence, but still the mountains tell tales of survival and durability. I am getting side-tracked; let’s get back to the festival. Needless to say the view we saw that morning was inspirational.

I really enjoyed the band SNAFU, not simply because of their weird name which I only later realised meant “a confused or chaotic state”, but also because of their weird hats and funky Afrikaans reggae beats. They were unique to say the least and created a refreshing atmosphere in anticipation for the bands to come. They did a cover of ‘Midnight’ by the band 340ml and it left the crowd happy and energized. After an “edible misjudgement”, Nomadic Orchestra had to postpone their gig and it caused a little bit of confusion, which is understandable and also legendary in the same sense. The break in the line-up gave Leon and I another chance to enjoy the spectacular views and sunset. Selfie time. Again, I realised the brevity of life and constants of tomorrow, but let’s get back to the festival.

I could write pages about the band Shadowclub. They are not just, in my opinion, one of the greatest South African bands, they are also very interesting characters and I am not just saying this because we met at the airport. Fronted by genius guitarist and lyricist, Jacques Moolman, with Louis Roux on bass and Isaac Klawansky on drums, they received a SAMA for best rock band in 2012 and deservedly so. They took a hiatus for a few years, but the boys are back to the delight of their many fans. Under the management of Mariska Geyer, I believe we will still enjoy their music for years to come. They played a brilliant set which included fan favourite ‘Good Morning Killer’ and their latest single ‘Dark Horse’, but I will admit ‘Dog Teeth’ completely took me by surprise. It was hauntingly beautiful, honest and inspiring. I could feel how the song captured everyone witnessing this hypnotic performance. Together with ‘All Aboard’, I was transported to music heaven. This is the stuff I live for and is a beautiful sunset to my fragile soul.

Laudo Liebenberg, being one of my favourite vocalists, and with protégé guitarist Frank Freeman playing one of my favourite albums, ‘Eet Kreef Herleef’ was another highlight of an already amazing experience.

Having met Albert Frost earlier that day and having played his music on my radio show, I still wasn’t prepared for what was to come. Albert, with his extrovert personality and infectious laughter, was another treat. I quickly realised that any serious guitar player has to have veins popping in their necks once they get going. The crowd went crazy every time Albert aimed his guitar at the crowd and everyone he made eye contact with immediately evaporated.

For 17 years, Prime Circle has been on the forefront of South African Rock music and their performance showed this. They delivered a spectacle of international standards. They will outlast many bands that we know right now and started before many of their fans were born. They are a class act that showcases the depth of South African Rock music.

That concluded day 2. Once again I had a warm shower and, together with a coffee made by the barista in the VIP lounge, I was ready for our walk. We treated ourselves again to the spectacular views of the Shaw Valley before we returned to witness the funny and entertaining Kalahari Boere Orkes. Ian Roberts has been someone I have been looking up to since he ran a race against Gavin van den Berg in the series ‘Arende’. He was so impressed by me greeting him, that he shook my hand two times. The festival ended with the majestic Karen Zoid. Tannie Karen is an enigma and even just getting close to her, puts you under her spell. I couldn’t help feeling small in her presence even though I might be older and definitely taller.

I felt so many mixed emotions when Leon and I packed up our bags and said goodbye to the ‘One Mad Tea Party’. Like many things in life, this amazing experience had come to an end. I knew already as we drove away, that this was an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime. Johann Latsky and Nicky Currie, the organisers, have become life-long friends of mine. The festival was more than I wished for. I felt new and rejuvenated again. Life is what you make it and once you understand the music, you will be free forever.

Philip Buys (Radio Presenter, Vinyl Collector and Lifelong Music Enthusiast) 

Sipho Mabuse to perform at Johnny Clegg Tribute Show 17 July 2022

In a fitting tribute to one of the most iconic figures in South African music history, the Johnny Clegg Tribute Show is on Sunday 17th of July, 2022 at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (Johannesburg), which marks the third anniversary of Johnny’s passing, and will feature some of South Africa’s top performers.

Johnny Clegg had the special quality of being able to unite people across all backgrounds and generations with his music. His music has always been a beacon of hope and inspiration and in a time when South Africans and the world need it the most, the lyrics to Great Heart stand true.

Johnny Clegg captured the hearts of a nation and the tribute concert will feature fellow musicians that will commemorate his life and his musical career. There will also be a dance tribute performed by dancers from Zululand and the local hostels.

“I really have fond memories of Johnny and all the work he did. He adored me and I adored him. Johnny gave so much to the cultural and musical language of this country and it is an honor to be on the bill to pay tribute to a giant “, said Sipho Hotstix Mabuse.

Sipho Mabuse to perform at Johnny Clegg Tribute Show 17 July 2022
Sipho Mabuse to perform at Johnny Clegg Tribute Show 17 July 2022

The biggest line-up of performers since ‘Concert in the Park’ to pay tribute to the iconic Johnny Clegg – Some of South Africa’s top performers will come together on one stage, including the likes of lifetime friend Sipho Mchunu, Soweto Gospel Choir, Just Jinjer, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Karen Zoid, Zolani Mahola, Francois van Coke, Majozi, Ross Learmonth, Kurt Darren, Arno Carstens, Jesse Clegg, the Johnny Clegg band, plus others to be announced.

Bright Blue, Ella Mental, and éVoid are especially flying back to South Africa for this event – the last two having performed alongside Johnny at the Ellis Park Stadium iconic Concert in the Park in 1985.
Francois van Coke said “I had the privilege of meeting and sharing the stage with Johnny once. His humility really stood out for me. I have been a fan since I can remember and will be a fan forever”

Johnny Clegg – The Tribute Show will take place on Sunday, 17th July 2022 at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens (entrance on Thomas Bowler Street).
Gates open at 10h00 with performances commencing at 11h00 – 18h00.

Money will be raised at the event for the Click Foundation, supporting ‘The Friends of Johnny Clegg’ charity which was established with Johnny in December 2018.

More information available on our website: realentertainment.live/johnny-tribute

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