Underground folk/rock musician Rodriguez recently visited The Recording Academy’s headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Rodriguez discussed the evolution of his music, the popularity of his music in South Africa and the new documentary in which he is featured, Searching For Sugar Man, among other topics.
“Barriers are being brought down by technology through the Internet,” said Rodriguez. “The film, Searching For Sugar Man, has excited my music career. So we are touring.”
Detroit native Sixto Rodriguez recorded two albums, 1970’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming From Reality, that made little impact in the United States. With his albums failing to attract a wider audience, Rodriguez quit music. Unbeknownst to him, his socially conscious lyrics and unique blend of psychedelic folk rock rose to popularity in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Ultimately, Rodriguez would tour in Australia in 1979 and 1981, and in South Africa in 1998.