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February 22, 2013

Seeing Rodriguez in Cape Town: video

Sometimes a girl like me gets really lucky twice in a lifetime … on Wednesday 20 February, 2013, I had the privilege of once again seeing my much-admired idol, Sixto Rodriguez, live in concert at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World’s Grand Arena in Cape Town.

Seeing Rodriguez perform live in Cape Town was an experience I'll never forget! Photo courtesy of Big Concerts

Chilled and simpled, the Sugar Man's concert suited him perfectly. Photo courtesy of Lisa da Costa

If I had any doubts that my adoration for this 70-year-old musical legend was clouded by my first experience of seeing him perform at the tender age of 16 (back at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg), the Sugar Man quickly laid them to rest with his slick and exhilarating show.

Rodriguez was as captivating as he was all those years ago. As a teenager, I had heard the rumours of his alleged death and I never ever dreamed I’d get to see him in concert – twice!

A full house once again at the Grand Arena in Cape Town for Rodriguez, the Sugar Man. Photo courtesy of Big Concerts

I was pretty stoked about meeting his daughter Eva and interviewing Stephen Segerman, a local business owner and one of the men who found Rodriguez (a journey filmed partially in Cape Town for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Searching for Sugar Man) last year, but nothing compares to seeing the legend himself.

Thank you, Sugar Man, for another night I won’t soon forget!

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