Rodriguez Announces March Shows in New Zealand – Music News at Undertheradar

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

Rodriguez, star of the most talked about documentary of 2012 Searching For Sugar Man, has been announced to play two New Zealand shows in March. The Detroit based singer-songwriter renowned for his haunting and experimental folks songs, was lifted from 30 years of obscurity by two South African fans who thought he was dead and decided to find out how/when with their journey forming the basis of the spectacular, award winning documentary. Now receiving the acclaim and recognition he rightfully deserves, Rodriguez is making his way to New Zealand for the first time ever…

Rodriguez

Saturday 16th March, Wellington Town Hall, Wellington

Sunday 17th March, The Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland

Tickets available from Ticketek from Tuesday 29th January.

via Rodriguez (Searching for Sugar Man) Announces March Shows – Music News at Undertheradar.

 

Channel24’s Top 12 Movies of 2012 | Channel24

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN – A documentary? A mystery? Or a musical? The story of how a couple of South African fans who set off on a trans-Atlantic journey to discover what happened to their musical hero, Rodriguez, forgotten 1970s American folk singer, will move you in so many ways. A future Oscar winner? Bet on it.

via Channel24’s Top 12 Movies of 2012 | Channel24.

“Sugarman” Resurrected: Rodriguez Appears Tonight | Oregon Music News

From Oregon Music News

The resurrection of Rodriguez, the enigmatic singer-songwriter whose rediscovery is at the heart of the astounding Searching for Sugarman film, continues tonight at the Wonder Ballroom. His blend of biting lyrics and folk-rock songcraft cut in the 1970s disappeared in the United States but made him a hero to the middle-class anti-apartheid movement in South Africa in the 70s and 80s. The “60 Minutes” show last Sunday recounted rock’s most unlikely Cinderella story.

In concert recently in Washington, D.C. in the intimate setting of a synagogue chapel, Rodriguez was in some ways welcomed as a guru as much as a musician. He has an undeniable presence akin to a Zen adept appearing in the guise of a rock musician, radiating calm and the humble acceptance of his strange new status as a prophet finally honored in his own land.  He playfully adopts this new role in his stage patter, mixing a few corny jokes with philosophical advice: “Do you know what the secret to life is?” Rodriguez asked. “Just keep breathing in and out.”

The music, if you haven’t heard it before, doesn’t merit the Dylan comparisons that are so commonly applied to him, but it is still moving and powerful work, if performed in a sometimes sloppy manner in concert that made little difference in how it was received. But it still works:

 

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