Rodriguez – Live At Royal Festival Hall, London | Reviews | Clash Magazine

Rodriguez | Photo by Stephen Fourie
Rodriguez | Photo by Stephen Fourie

 

If you don’t know the story of Rodriguez yet, then don’t read this – go and watch this year’s amazing documentary Searching for Sugar Man, then come back to us. For those who know the tale behind the man, you may still be in a sense of awe that he is here: one half a seventy-year-old man, slightly stooped and with failing eye sight; one half an absolute legend.

Sixto Rodriguez is playing his second major gig of the week in London at Royal Festival Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival, just a few days after taking to the stage at the Roundhouse. On first glance, the crowd seem wary of his weakness as he’s brought on stage by his daughter. But the rapturous applause, maybe the most noise the walls of this usually cautious venue has ever heard, seem to lift him. When the guitar, the shades and the hat go on, this slight man from Detroit, the son of Mexican immigrants who’s worked his fingers to the bone in manual labour most of his life, turns into the superstar he always was… even though he never knew it.

via Rodriguez – Live At Royal Festival Hall, London | Reviews | Clash Magazine.

Review: Rodriguez at LJF 2012

I first heard about the singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodriguez when a film charting his life, Searching For Sugar Man, was in the news earlier this year. The BBC called him “the musician who never knew he was famous,” and I was fascinated by his story. Rodriguez released a couple of albums in the States in the late 60s, but for one reason or another they didn’t take off – despite his sound being at first hearing very much a cross between Bob Dylan and Donovan.

He disappeared into obscurity, working in demolition and gaining a degree in philosophy in his hometown of Detroit. Meanwhile, unknown to him, his albums were gaining in popularity in South Africa, where they took on something of a cult status. Rodriguez was oblivious to his overseas fame.

The rumours in South Africa were that Rodriguez had died many years ago, but two devoted fans were determined to find out if there was any truth to the rumours – and finally managed to track him down in the 90s, which is the subject of Searching For Sugar Man. With the release of the film this year, Rodriguez has been touring worldwide and I was lucky enough to catch him at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

via Review: Rodriguez at LJF 2012.

Rotter and Friends – Wisdom » Rodriguez Official Shirts Come To Reality

Rodriguez Tee Shirt
Rodriguez Tee Shirt

I am so proud to release the first official illustrated tee shirts of Rodriguez and honored to have been asked to scribble the magic, approved by the man himself. Special thanks to Light In The Attic, David Black (photographer of wonder), Stella Berkofsky, and Rodriguez’s family, for helping make this project happen. Rodriguez’s music is a very personal labor of love-it has hit many heart strung moments and inspired greatly for ages. Beyond that, his story is legendary even beyond the gifts he gives all musically: selfless, talented, and genuine: we salute.

via Rotter and Friends – Wisdom » Rodriguez Official Shirts Come To Reality.

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Holly & The WoodsWake Me Up (Judgment Day)

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The Muffinz – Soldierz (Fight For Peace)

The Muffinz have unleashed their mysteriously beautiful world of eclectic soul to the South African public and they are set for world domination. Listen to the debut eleven track aural adventure called Have You Heard?

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Mr Cat and The Jackal – Dig

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Searching For Sugar Man at Doha Tribeca Film Festival this week | Doha Film Institute

39 Films from 30 Countries including 29 MENA Premieres to Be Showcased in DTFF’s Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings Programme — Press | Doha Film Institute

Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF), the annual cultural event of the Doha Film Institute (DFI), will showcase 21 films in the Contemporary World Cinema section and 12 Special Screenings at its fourth edition to be held from November 17 – 24, 2012. With representation from 30 countries, this year DTFF’s Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings programme will feature 29 MENA (Middle East and North Africa) premieres.

Searching for Sugar Man

Director: Malik Bendjelloul

MENA Premiere | Feature Documentary | Sweden, United Kingdom | 2012

Rodriguez: the greatest 70s US rock icon who never was. His one album went nowhere and he disappeared into obscurity. Bootleg copies of his record made their way to South Africa, and a phenomenon was born. This investigation is a resonating story about hope, inspiration and the power of music.

via 39 Films from 30 Countries including 29 MENA Premieres to Be Showcased in DTFF’s Contemporary World Cinema and Special Screenings Programme — Press | Doha Film Institute.

Searching for Sugar Man – an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall

Searching for Sugar Man - an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall
Searching for Sugar Man – an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall

“SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN – AN EVENING WITH RODRIGUEZ”

with special guest DAVID HOLMES

It’s one of the lost classics of the ’60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in colour and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion. The album is Cold Fact, and what’s more intriguing is that its maker – a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez – was, for many years, lost too. A decade ago, he was rediscovered working as a menial day laborer in Detroit, Michigan. He was unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for the people of South Africa, a beacon of revolution.

via Searching for Sugarman -an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall.

How rock ‘n’ roll fairytale led Sixto Diaz Rodriguez to be one of the most acclaimed musicians of his time – Scotland – Scotsman.com

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

 

Scotland on Sunday Feature 11 nov 2012
Scotland on Sunday Feature 11 nov 2012

While he was long forgotten in the US, Rodriguez was unwittingly achieving mythical status in South ­Africa. Decades later, he tells Fiona Shepherd about fame ­after 40 years in the wilderness

IN THE internet age, it seems inconceivable that an artist could be unaware of their own success or that fans would have no idea if their favourite singer was alive or dead. Nowadays you have to work pretty hard to be an enigma and, ­conversely, even the most neglected musician would struggle to languish in complete ­obscurity.

Which makes the tale of a Detroit protest singer who scraped a living in the United States while his music was providing hope to tens of thousands in apartheid-era South Africa sound all the more romantic. “It’s been described as a rock’n’roll fairytale,” says the protagonist, one Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

via How rock‘n’roll fairytale led Sixto Diaz Rodriguez to be one of the most acclaimed musicians of his time – Scotland – Scotsman.com.

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