Rodriguez. South Africa Tour. 2013.
My week was made today when I found out that one of my all time favourite and legendary artists, Rodriguez will return to South Africa this summer for live shows in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The Mexican-American singer-songwriter known simply as, “Rodriguez” had been working on his music career in Detroit since the early 1960s. He recorded an album in 1969 that many believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Instead, Cold Fact bombed and the Rodriguez seemingly disappeared into obscurity, even being subject to rumours that he had committed suicide by setting himself on fire onstage and other imaginative tales. The album took on a life of its own when a bootleg recording found its way into our own South Africa. Banned by the Apartheid government, the album became a nationwide phenomenon over the next two decades, and the soundtrack to a resistance movement of liberal African youth. Back in Detroit, living a hardscrabble life, Rodriguez was totally unaware that he was not just a folk hero but a household name thousands of miles away.
Eventually, two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero, and their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the many myths they’d heard. Their story forms the basis of the recently released documentary Searching For Sugarman which was a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the world documentary audience award and a special jury award, and it received fantastic reviews at this year’s SXSW, Tribeca film festival, Sydney film festival and several others around the world.
The documentary is one of the most amazing and heart wrenching I have ever seen and the performances next year promise to be something special.
The two performances are scheduled on Friday 15th February at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City Johannesburg and tickets range from R225 – R520 and due to popular demand, Big Concerts have added another Rodriguez show in Johannesburg on Saturday 16th February at Big Top Arena at Carnival City. The other leg of the tour will take place on Wednesday 20th February at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Cape Town and tickets range from R310 – R520. To get your hands on tickets and more tour details are available from here.
Get going this is going to be one tour not to miss!