‘Searching for Sugarman’: 1998 review of Rodriguez first ever performance in South Africa

26 Dec

Evan Milton: Words on music (and miscellany)

Searching for Sugarman“? Yes, I was there. After repeated requests, here’s my ancient review of Sixto Rodriguez and his first ever concert in South Africa: way back in 1998 – as chronicled in the BAFTA and Oscar-winning documentary about the search by Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom for the mythical “Cold Fact” troubadour. Please forgive the inevitable dryness that main body newspapers of the day demanded of their music writers. Also, if you will, please imagine the moment with the Rodriguez’s”picture”, back in 1998 – how different that would be on a concert stage now. Read on, and climb on up on his music…

Rodriguez live in Cape Town 1998-03-08 - Sunday Argus Rodriguez live in Cape Town. 1998-03-08 – Sunday Argus

“Sugar Man” Rodriguez sings it to adoring crowd (live at the Belville Velodrome, Cape Town, South Africa on Friday 6 March 1998)

This review by Evan Milton first appeared  in the Sunday Argus on…

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