February 22, 2013
Seeing Rodriguez in Cape Town: video
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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.
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!
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!