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Rodriguez Concert in Cape Town
Sugar Man set to sweeten the Mother City’s February live music line-up
The Mexican-American songwriter known simply as Rodriguez – but more commonly as ‘Sugar Man’ - is confirmed to play live in concert in Cape Town at GrandWest on Saturday, 9, Sunday, 10, Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 February 2013 as part of a summer South African tour.
Locals have always had a sweet spot for the otherwise obscure and now aged musician, but thanks to the recently released Swedish-made documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ – a film detailing the journey of two South African fans who set out to discover their hero’s fate – the vocalist and his career are now in the throes of an impassioned revival.
Born in Detroit, Michigan to immigrant parents from Mexico, Rodriguez never found fame in the great US of A. The songwriter, now described as a sincere mix of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, simply faded into oblivion in America after releasing two unappreciated albums in the 1970s.
However, halfway across the world, Rodriguez was quickly becoming a household name. Best known (in SA, that is) for making music that channelled both political beliefs and the difficulties faced by the poorest residents of the inner city, Sugar Man and his his anti-establishment lyrics became the soundtrack to many local lives during the Apartheid regime; in fact, his music was banned in the country during this tragic time period.
However there came a time when, with no new music released and no news on his whereabouts, South African fans just assumed he had died, many believing he committed suicide on stage; in one myth Rodriguez is said to have pulled out a pistol and shot himself and in another he set himself alight in front of a live audience.
Needless to say, it was only when two locals – as recounted by the film – made it their mission to track down the rock legend, that it came to light that the icon was not only unaware of his fame, but also – and even better – willing to play live in South Africa.
Now, over a decade since Rodriguez’s first journey to Mzansi shores, South Africans can look forward to a second, and likely equally unforgettable, performance of many of the hits from his famed first ‘Cold Facts’ album.
Tickets for the Rodriguez Concert in Cape Town
Tickets for the Rodriguez concerts on Sunday, 10, Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 February in Cape Town are SOLD OUT. However, due to phenomenal demand, Big Concerts have added an extra show on Saturday, 9 February, and tickets are currently on sale via Computicket’s online store and via all physical Computicket outlets.
Tickets range in price from R310p/p to R520p/p.
Rodriguez plays Sugar Man
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