I am Ernest Bruce (Ernie Bruce), a singer living in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa).
In collaboration with the Swedish group Orjan Hilten Orion, we recently released an album entitled “Liberia Ballad… Orjan Hulten Orion featuring Ernie Bruce” The album does include a song that is dedicated to you, and tells your story. It was originally written by Orjan, the leader of the band, and is an instrumental on the group’s album Faltrapport.
The band met me while visiting Liberia on invitation from the Swedish Embassy…there was an instant exchange of artistic creativity, and Orjan asked whether I would write some lyrics for the song “Sixto”.
We are all pleased with the outcome of our collaboration, and are simply making an effort to make you aware of it and, hopefully, enjoy it. While the album is now available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and others.
Blessings to you in all your future endeavours.
I live in Dundas, Ontario. I wanted to tell Rodriguez that his music is amazing. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Your music means so much, I am so grateful.
Hello, my name is Kaveman and I’ve been working as a water protector in Minnesota fighting an illegal pipeline that would surely poison the indigenous, treaty protected, lands with leaky tar sands. I’m reaching out in hope that you might check the welcome water protectors website, or better yet, come visit our intentional communities in northern Minnesota. We have tons of revolutionary matriarchs and musician minds working everyday to cut the head off the black snake and move away from dependency on evil oil industries, who’ve never been for the people especially communities of color. Come by and play some music.Kevin Ali
Thanks for your time.. I feel some what guilty having just heard the story of sixto rodriguez. I am a fan of music more than any other aspect of life. I appreciate the best we have heard, all of it!
I have never understood what people mean when they say things like “art” speak to them. After listening to cold fact I finally understood. Of all the great music I listen to and appreciate. The music of Rodriguez has truly spoke to me. Pure beauty. Rodriguez is a working class hero. A legend. Thanks for your time now you can Thank me for mine.Paul Staunton
Hi, would you by any chance know the hour of birth of Mr. RODRIGUEZ ? I’m asking because when someone has such an amazing life story, you can find roots in their astro birth chart, but without the time it is imprecise.
Many thanks for your attention,
The documentary on your life blew me away. I think I have listened to your music every day since seeing it! You are such an inspiration – your humility is just amazing. When you say in the film that you don’t have regret/anger/resentment regarding the time you did not know that your music was such a success is something everyone should take note of and learn from. And what an incredible impact you had on the South Africans struggling with Apartheid!
Your daughters are also amazing – so thoughtful, articulate, and full of pride for their father.
Please continue to make your music. I’m 70 and hope to be enjoying your music for the next 30 years 🙂
I know this won’t be you reading this but if possible I’d love my words to be passed on to you especially in such strange times. My name is Jacob Hall and I’m a 19 year old university student from England and came across your music about 2 years ago and since you have been my favourite musician of all time! Your lyrics are truly mind blowing accompanied by your philosophy towards life which I have seen glimpses on within your famous documentary and brief interviews with magazines. A response from you or your team would be great and as seen on your website an autograph would be one of the great from one of my idols : ) I hope you have kept safe during this pandemic and hope to hear a response from you or your team! Stay safe and thank you for your music Rodriguez.
April 5, 2021 by E. Melinda Morrison
I recently saw for the second time, Searching for Sugarman. It is a fascinating documentary of a musician, Sixto Rodriguez, who recorded two albums in the late sixties in Detroit. After being dropped from his record label in 1970, he went into obscurity, giving up his career as a professional musician and turning to construction for his living.
His record producers (who also produced the greats of Motown) said Sixto Rodriguez was one of the best they had ever heard. They ranked him greater than Bob Dylan. But for whatever reason, the early 70’s American public did not embrace him. A cloud of obscurity enveloped him and success eluded him. About the time he was hanging up his guitar, a young American woman shared his album with friends in South Africa. What follows is a lesson for all of us.
Apartheid was in full force in South Africa when Rodriguez’s music came to light. That sharing of an album started a grassroots effort that unfolded into Rodriguez selling over half a million records and becoming a rock superstar in South Africa for more than 30 years. He became a household name bigger than Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. However, this newfound fame was unbeknownst to Rodriguez as well as his producers. It was only through the efforts of a South African journalist and a jewelry store owner that he found out, 30 years later, that he was famous in a country halfway around the world.
Everyone in South Africa thought Rodriguez was dead. Rumors of different death scenarios had circulated for years as there was no information available on him during this pre-internet time. When a journalist found out he was alive and well, many people in South Africa did not believe it. The story unfolds from there to an invitation for Rodriguez to do a nationwide South African tour, which he did before thousands of adoring fans.
Rodriguez’s art had a life of its own that went well beyond his or anyone’s expectations and touched a nation that badly needed his words. His music had meaning for millions of people. His art providentially found its audience.
As artists, life can get in the way of getting to the easel. Sometimes thoughts of quitting float in your head. You may never feel good enough. But I am here to say, push those thoughts aside. The world needs your voice. It is never whether you are good enough because we all have something to say at every stage of our artistic journey. The better path is to keep working, striving to grow each day, being honest about strengths and weaknesses in your work, and looking for ways to improve. Always improve! Risk, experiment, try new mediums, ask and welcome feedback, be mentored and mentor others, make adjustments in your work, always set your standards high, but tell your story!
We each have a unique artistic voice that was given us. In searching for that voice in your painting, and being true to it, you may just find yourself unintentionally touching lives that you never knew possible.
Searching for the Sugarman, can be found on Vudu as a rental.
Hello my name is Lenore Long, I am 85 years old and love your music. You are so creative with the words in your songs. It was my boss at work who told me to go watch Sugar Man at the movie theater, and said that you were so much better than Bob Dylan. After watching your movie I immediately bought your CD. It is one of my greatest joys listening to your music.
You rock. Your music is like a welcoming gift in these weird times. And your story is probably even more inspiring.
I want to help a friend that is in a bad spot right now. He’s dealing with some issues with his family and his life in general. Since he used to live in South Africa, he knows your music very well.
Could it be possible to ship a signed LP record with a personal message to me? Of course, I will pay the expenses.
If you were to do this, that would be be awesome and probably lift his spirits.
Let me know what you think, and I send the information!
Many thanks, keep rocking.
To: Sixto Rodriguez
My father, Albert Rojas, was a labor and human rights organizer for over 50 years.
He was born on 31st July 1938 and he died on March 20, 2021.
He was the co-founder of UFW (The Farmworkers Union from California). He never got the credit, nor the fame, for building this union. He took his family on the Grape boycott to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 3 years, and remained as head UFW organizer earning $5 a week. We lived off donated food, clothing, and housing.
In Pittsburgh it was the Jewish, Catholic, and Black communities that supported our family with love, and on the Grape Boycott. My father believed in ending indentured servitude and child labor in the fields, as he was a farmworker himself.
He help co-found 2 other unions, and saved many lives in Mexico when labor activists were killing teachers of the Teachers Union, GM Workers, Electrical workers and the Farm Workers of San Quintin BC in Mexico who called for today’s Driscoll boycott.
He is being recognized in Mexico as “Comandante Al Rojas” because he was fearless in helping the desperate and poor. He used his legacy to save lives.
Your song ‘I Think Of You’ is carrying me through. So I’m asking if you would please consider performing this song for my father in front of 500 people in Sacramento at Southside Park on April 24th.
My father was never recognized a lot, like your life, until now. The Universe is mysterious and also perfect in time and how it loves…….
Please, please would you consider?
Maybe, because of the Covid, we could maybe get a video of Rodriguez performing the song (‘I Think of You’) with a message, which would also be so gratefully received too. But, of course we would Love to have him perform. Although we wouldn’t be able to pay him what he normally gets for his live performances as we dont have the amount of money to pay him. This, in my book is worth every cent. But we just dont have this kind of money. So I’m also suggesting and hopefully requesting a video of this song with maybe a dedication?
I would be very grateful if someone could please contact me.
My cell number is 916-390-0874
I’m Albert Rojas’ daughter and I’ve been at my father’s side my whole life politically.
My Facebook page: Desiree Bates Rojas
Dear Sixto and Team
My name is Jay, I am a rapper living in the UK, and I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa in the post-apartheid, ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ era. I spent my youth watching Cheech and Chong films and Listening to Sixto in various shebeens around Johannesburg, smoking good weed.
I unfortunately ended up in Jail which led me to the UK, upon my release. I then followed a path of music to steer my life away from drugs and the perils that come with it. I decided to do a ‘Sugar Man’ remix, which is an ode and a story of my perils with a modern era take, with the original chorus to keep authentic and change the verse to rap style vocals.
I have registered and released the remix and obviously Sixto is the beneficiary of this, which I am more than happy with. I am writing to request an opinion or a short moment for feedback. The album and song in particular were such a huge part of my up-bringing and being from South Africa, where the story is Legend, I was hoping I may get a moment of feedback.
In truth it took me over ten years to complete, as one, I was on a journey (sure you can relate) and two, I wanted it to be a worthy offering. There were various different versions made between bpm’s etc, however it took ages to get to the point where I thought I would one, hopefully keep the essence and make Sixto proud however and two, still reach this modern generation. So, to get some feedback would be awesome, please.
I also hope I have not offended anyone in this process, as it was done with pure love and inspiration in mind and, as I mentioned, Sixto is the beneficiary who I am happy to send info relating to.
I also have a cool artwork animation on my insta profile (@riskology) where the artwork of the table and menu all become interactive and trippy. I have attached a short animation of the artwork that my biz partner, Rowan L Designs, made for the release , it took her years to perfect and this artwork took hours/months to produce as each item is an individual layer and all parts interact, she did an amazing job.
Anyway – I hope this email finds you all well in these crazy times. And, on behalf of my whole generation, Thank You for the love, light, and inspiration, I look forward to hearing back from you 1love,
I have been sharing Rodriguez music for years.
Where can I find merchandise?
Would love to add to my other favorite musicians
My name is Michael Einheuser. I was a classmate of Sixto’s at Monteith College at Wayne State University. I was also a member of the University’s Board of Governors.
Currently, the Irving Reid Honors College is the successor to Monteith College and regards Sixto as one of it’s alumni.
Would he consider appearing in a short video as part of an online appeal for scholarships for the college?
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 313.590.5368
Listening to I WONDER as I write this and felt compelled to let you know that your music and your story (Searching for Sugar Man), is a highlight in my life!!
I found/saw the film about five years ago which introduced me to your music and anytime I feel down, I watch your story and I feel connected again.
Thank you for this, for your music and your incredible life story which I know brings joy to so many people – especially after this last year!
I dearly hope you and your family are well and doing well and Thank YOU again!!