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 essentially the most deprived had turn into, with out his information, messages in opposition to 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 disappointment that we at Sugarman.org announce that Sixto Diaz Rodriguez handed away at this time. We lengthen our deepest condolences to his daughters -Sandra, Eva and Regan- and to his whole household. Rodriguez was 81 years previous. Could his pricey soul relaxation in peace,” mentioned a press release.
The message provides an epitaph that reads “Maybe at this time 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 USA however unknowingly grew to become 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 mother and father, revealed two rock albums, “Chilly Truth” (1970) and “Coming From Actuality” (1971), however he deserted his creative profession very quickly, as he didn’t promote many information.
However unknown to him, his songs in regards to the issues of poverty and the underprivileged grew to become a part of the message of the combat in opposition to 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 profitable the Oscar for finest documentary, received 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 Finest,” reviving the artist’s profession 40 years later.