Congratulations to Searching for Sugar Man for winning Best Documentary Feature at the 85th annual Academy Awards tonight! Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the musical biopic uncovers the mystery behind the Detroit-based musician Rodriguez and, most interestingly, how he became a legend for decades in South Africa while remaining unknown here in the States (the “why” is still only speculation). Thanks in part to Seattle’s own Light in the Attic Records, which rereleased his debut, Cold Fact, in 2008, some 38 years after its original release, and to the “discovery” of Sixto Rodriguez’s real life by journalists in South Africa, Rodriquez finally performed in the country where he sold more records than Elvis Presley and eventually toured the rest of the world. A few years ago, we were honored and privileged to feature Rodriquez as part of KEXP’s VIP Club Concert series at the Triple Door in Seattle. Here’s a peak at the video from 2009:
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