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See Rodriguez live in London

29th January 2014

London is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for live music, with countless top venues that attract all of the biggest names on the planet throughout the year.

One show that shouldn't be missed, however, will be taking place on March 13th at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo, when Sixto Rodriguez - better known as simply Rodriguez - takes to the stage with his stunning folk vocals.

Having created two amazing albums back in the early 70s, the singer-songwriter stepped away from the commercial music scene when his work somehow failed to sell in the US, thus preventing him from ever getting a break and condemning him to a life of poverty as a bricklayer.

However, unbeknown to the man himself, his music became hugely popular in South Africa, where he was considered a counterculture icon, although for several decades his fans in the Rainbow Nation assumed that the musician was in fact dead.

That was until a South African music journalist managed to track him down at his home in Detroit, informing him of his success and convincing him to travel to the country to play a series of historic shows.

Since then, Rodriguez - whose music is often compared to that of Bob Dylan - has gone on to sell huge numbers of records around the world, while also playing to sold-out crowds across the globe.

His story provided the plot for the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, which helped to raise his profile even further.

The star is also currently recording his third album - more than 40 years after he last released a record.

Despite being significantly older than most touring artists, Rodriguez is known for his excellent live shows, which is why the chance to see a piece of music history being made in London is something that should certainly not be missed.


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