Rodriguez was the inspiration for a documentary called Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, was made by fans of his in South Africa who went looking for their hero. Rodriguez’s first album Cold Fact, released in 1970, had a political message that resonated in South Africa, then under the repressive apartheid regime. The record was banned, but copies still circulated underground. It also became popular in Australia, Botswana and Namibia.
The film won an Oscar and a BAFTA and has been widely seen and received favourably. Since the release of the film, Rodriguez’s career has resumed in earnest. He’s played some of biggest stages including the Sydney Opera House (twice), Radio City Music Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, in London, England and the Glastonbury and Coachella festivals. In Johannesburg recently he played before more than 12,000 patrons. A live album of an Australian tour was released in 2016.
Now that he’s become Rodriguez the industry, his head is spinning a bit. But “I do have a good time. We are balancing these tours so can get some rest. Now we know not to go at it too hard.
Where: City Stage, Lansdowne Park
When: Sunday, Sept.17 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Tickets and information: cityfolkfestival.com