After abandoning his musical profession after not being profitable within the US, Sixto Rodriguez resumed it with reputation after the documentary that confirmed how his songs about probably the most deprived had grow to be, with out his data, messages towards segregation in South Africa within the ‘ apartheid’
The American singer-songwriter of Mexican origin Sixto Rodriguez, whose life was portrayed within the Oscar-winning documentary “Looking out For Sugar Man” (2012), died Tuesday on the age of 81, his official web site reported.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that we at Sugarman.org announce that Sixto Diaz Rodriguez handed away at the moment. We prolong our deepest condolences to his daughters -Sandra, Eva and Regan- and to his total household. Rodriguez was 81 years previous. Might his pricey soul relaxation in peace,” stated a press release.
The message provides an epitaph that reads “Maybe at the moment I’ll slip away”, together with the date of Rodriguez’s delivery and loss of life (July 10, 1942 – August 8, 2023).
The unimaginable story of Sixto Rodriguez, whose musical profession went unnoticed in the US however unknowingly turned a star in anti-apartheid South Africa, was portrayed within the hit documentary “Looking out For Sugar Man.”
Rodriguez, born in Detroit and of Mexican dad and mom, printed two rock albums, “Chilly Reality” (1970) and “Coming From Actuality” (1971), however he deserted his creative profession very quickly, as he did not promote many information.
However unknown to him, his songs concerning the issues of poverty and the underprivileged turned a part of the message of the battle towards racial segregation in South Africa.
This curious story caught the eye of the Swedish Malik Bendjelloul, who directed “Looking for Sugar Man”, which along with successful the Oscar for finest documentary, gained the viewers prize and the jury prize on the Sundance competition.
Following the recognition of the documentary, Australia’s Blue Goose Music label purchased his tune catalog and launched each albums, and a brand new best-of-both compilation titled “At His Greatest,” reviving the artist’s profession 40 years later.