Last week, Big Concerts confirmed that the legendary Rodriguez will be returning to South African shores to perform in Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town in January and February of 2016. If you’ve temporarily gone insane and forgotten who Rodriguez is, I’ve dumped a little playlist below to get you back to the world of the living. Enjoy.
Rodriguez, the legendary singer-songwriter known only by his surname began performing in bars and clubs around the city of Detroit in the 1960s, and it was there that he recorded two studio albums, Cold Fact in 1969 and Coming from Reality in 1971. These compositions went unnoticed in the U.S. and Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family.
Rodriguez was unaware that he’d reached legendary folk-rock super stardom status in South Africa, where mistaken rumours circulated that he’d passed away. In the late ’90s, South African fans finally sought him out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career. Their story is told in the 2012 Oscar award-winning documentary, Searching for Sugarman, which has given Rodríguez a new measure of fame worldwide.
He has perhaps one of the most unique true stories of fleeting fame finally realised. Rodriguez is enjoying the collective heartfelt dream of a musician, beating the odds and finding a place in music history. With a music career that has withstood the test of time; the story of Rodriguez is one of sweet success. Make sure you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a legend perform live.
29th January 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome
31st January 2016 at the ICC Durban Arena
3rd February 2016 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium Outer Fields
5th and 6th February 2016 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
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