Searching for Sugar Man is an uplifting documentary film about the life of Detroit based Mexican American working-class singer Sixto Rodriguez. He not only sang working-class songs; he lived a working-class life. Yet almost nobody knows about him. His music had a huge impact on discontented Africanist youth, who were growing weary of the censorship, the mandatory military draft and the war in Namibia. Rodriguez never received a dime in royalties from the sale of his music there. In order to preserve apartheid, the South African racists tried to completely shield their population from outside influences. Even white South Africans lived under almost total censorship. There was no Internet back then; in fact, South Africa had no television until South African white youth lived privileged lives next to the fascist oppression that the black majority had to endure. But apartheid had a corrosive effect on the freedom, stability and moral integrity of the whole society.
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What if it were a Chicano folk singer you never heard of? What if it were a Detroit troubadour who inspired the most oppressed people in the third world to hear the Chimes of Freedom flashing? What if Nelson Mandela were not the only hero of the South African freedom movement? What if this same troubadour found himself inexplicably to have inspired a generation of Afrikaners to accept the necessity of ending Apartheid? Call them Matthew, Mark and Luke; they were so eager to vouch for the authenticity of this fabulous tale they made a believer out of me—an avowed atheist and skeptic.
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Sixto Diaz Rodriguez , known professionally as Rodriguez born July 10, , is an American singer-songwriter from Detroit , Michigan. Because information about him was scarce, it was incorrectly rumored there that he had committed suicide shortly after releasing his second album. In the s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career.
This was told in the Academy Award —winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man and helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country. Rodriguez has been living in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood, through which he is seen walking in Searching for Sugar Man. He is known to live a simple life, possessing no telephone or cell phone of his own, and occasionally visiting bars in the Cass Corridor section of Detroit near Woodbridge and Midtown Detroit , such as the Old Miami pub, where he has performed live concerts for small local crowds.
Rodriguez was born in in Detroit, Michigan. He was the sixth child of Mexican immigrant working-class parents. His father had immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the s; his mother was also from Mexico. They had joined a large influx of Mexicans who came to the midwest to work in Detroit’s industries. In , using the name “Rod Riguez” given by his record label , he released a single, “I’ll Slip Away”, on the small Impact label. He did not record again for three years, until he signed with Sussex Records , an offshoot of Buddah Records.
He used his preferred professional name, “Rodriguez”, after that. However, both sold few copies in the U.
How ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Unearthed The Legend Of Rodriguez
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Rodriguez is the musical legend that almost never was. Three days after his last show in Johannesburg, he will be in Los Angeles for the Oscars. If—and many critics say, when—the documentary wins, he is sure to achieve the recognition in his home country that slipped by him almost 40 years ago. Since its release last year, Searching for Sugar Man has been inspiring standing ovations from audiences in the US.
At Sundance, it won both the jury and the audience award prizes. But long before they discovered him, some South Africans already had. The enigmatic figure developed an almost cultish appeal in a country then divided by apartheid.
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One of the most intriguing questions raised by the film, which was released in and won an Academy Award, was why the singer never received the proper royalties for an estimated half-million album sales in South Africa. That question is still not resolved, but a lawsuit filed on Friday involving two Detroit music executives who had worked with Rodriguez could provide some answers.
In the suit, the producer Harry Balk contends that he signed Rodriguez — whose full name is Sixto Rodriguez — to a five-year songwriting contract starting in , but that when the singer made those albums, his new producer, Clarence Avant, had Rodriguez use a false songwriting name to circumvent the agreement. Avant and his company, Interior Music, of copyright infringement, fraud and tortious interference with the contract, and seeks unspecific damages.
Rodriguez himself is not a party to the suit.
Thanks to the award-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, the story of Rodriguez is now a familiar one. The Detroit-based.
Info on Brazilian single from Weber, June Info on single from John Samson, March To the best of my knowledge these tracks were never actually released as singles in South Africa. This is a different version to the track released on the 2 “Best Of” compilations. It features more upfront Byrds-type jangly guitar, vocal harmonies and a subdued organ in the background.
The strings that are so prominent on the later version are absent here. I’ll Slip Away: As far as the Rodriguez Impact single, “I’ll Slip Away” is concerned,I would highly suspect that both sides of that single were probablyrecorded at Terra Shirma Studios, since most of all of the later Impactrecords were recorded there. But it is possible that it may have beenrecorded at United Sound Studios in Detroit, since Harry Balk recordedmany of his artists there as well.
Both sides were produced by Harry Balk the owner of Impact.
Now That ‘Sugar Man’ Is Found, Lawsuit Focuses on Missing Royalties
Handley said, “We always intended to do more tunes together, but we just never seemed to be able to be in the same room for long enough. Then Duncan moved to Melbourne and for a while, I guess we just did our own thing. We didn’t want to just put out tunes for the sake of it. Fast forward to now, and it just felt right to get back in the studio. We had been passing sample ideas back and forth for a while and we all just fell in love with ‘Sugar Man’.
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In most of his songs he takes a political stance on the cruelties facing the inner city poor. He did not produce anything for another three years until he was signed with Sussex Records. But after mixed reviews and low album sales he was dropped from the label, which later folded in Sixto registered and ran for city council in Detroit. The county spelled his name wrong on the ballot.
After failing to make an impact in North America, he gave up his career as a musician. Unbeknownst to Rodriguez, it went platinum in South Africa, where he achieved cult status. South Africa at one stage was the major disk-press interest supplying his music to the rest of the world. With a new buzz around Rodriguez, in he toured Australia with the Mark Gillespie Band as support. Two shows from the tour were later released on the Australian-only album Alive —the title being a play on the rumours caused by his public obscurity that he had died years ago.
In , both of his albums were released on CD in South Africa for the first time. His fame in South Africa was completely unknown to him, until when his eldest daughter came across the website dedicated to him. In , he played his first South African tour, playing six concerts in front of thousands of fans.
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Sixto Rodriguez, according to the film, was long thought dead by his many fans in South Africa. There were stories of a spectacular on-stage suicide, in which he was said to have shot himself in the head after a bad concert. No one in South Africa knew the details, but everyone apparently knew his songs.
Rodriguez singles chronology. “I’ll Slip Away” (), “Sugar Man” (), “Inner City Blues” (). “Sugar Man” is a song written and recorded by Rodriguez in August–September and.
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