Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sixto Rodriguez - Sugar Man

The story about Rodriguez leaves no-one indifferent. Searching for Sugar Man is a Swedish Oscar nominated documentary from 2012 made by Malik Bedjelloul (that we premiered at last years Way Out West). Following the movie's world wide success, Rodriguez has become a super star. Let's not forget that Rodriguez visited Way Out West last year as well, but when he entered the stage only a handful people knew who he was. That was his first European festival gig ever! Today, exactly one year later, Rodriguez returns to Way Out West. A year when everything changed. He has toured all over the world, playing sold out arenas in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Rodriguez is now returning to where the journey started - Way Out West. This time he did enter the main stage at Slottsskogen. This time everyone knows who Rodriguez is. And it was really good!

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (also known as Rodríguez or as Jesús Rodríguez; born July 10, 1942) is an American folk musician based in Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived, with two little-sold albums in the early 1970s and some brief touring in Australia. Unbeknownst to him, however, his work became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, although he was mistakenly rumored in that country to have committed suicide.

In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to seek out and contact him, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. Their story is told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film, Searching for Sugar Man, which has also helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his native country.

On May 9, 2013, Rodriguez received an honorary doctorate, a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, from his alma mater, Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, during WSU's 10 a.m. commencement ceremony.

Todays tune "Sugar Man" is taken from his debut album "Cold Fact". It was released in March 1970.

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