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This review is from: Searching For Sugar Man (MP3 Music)
I recently stumbled upon the documentary film: "Searching for Sugarman" featuring the little known musician Sixto Rodriguez. Assumed to have died by his own hand, 2 South Africans set out on a quest to find out how Rodriguez died, only to discover he'd been living in the same house in Detroit MI for 40 years. What unfolds is the erstwhile story of someone who had no idea he was famous, nor the impact he had on the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa. Rodriguez sold "Six albums" in the US (as one of his producers states in the film) yet he sold a 1/2 a million albums in South Africa providing a porthole for musicians and poets to oppose the Apartheid movement in a way never seen in South African history.
Rodriguez's melodies are haunting, his voice distinctive and his guitar riffs catchy. He may remind you of Paul Simon, Donnovan, Bob Dylan or Jefferson airplane - such was the time since his albums were originally released in 1970 and 1971. But what will stay with you are his lyrics - he puts together words and phrases like a jazz musician discovering scat. Rodriguez remains true to his roots and humble even today - giving away any money he now earns performing in sold out arenas to 30,000 screaming screaming South African fans.
Buy this recording then do yourself a favor and watch the movie on Netflix. x