Singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez made two albums in the early ’70s, before disappearing from the scene entirely, giving up music to work odd jobs. For years, the now 70-year-old Rodriguez was convinced his career had amounted to nothing. Unbeknownst to him, though, his two albums (1970’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming From Reality) had become wildly popular in South Africa, where he soon achieved mythic status. If the story sounds familiar, it’s because he was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Waiting for Sugar Man. The film tells the nearly unbelievable tale of how the endearing Rodriguez became one of South Africa’s most beloved musicians. Sugar Man reignited Rodriguez’s passion for making music and he recently told Rolling Stone he has 30 new songs to record, which would be his first in over 40 years. Help welcome him back to the stage.
See him live: 6:30 PM, Sunday, April 14, Gobi Stage
Watch: Rodriguez, “Sugar Man”
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