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January 09, 2013

Search for Sugar Man Leads to Cape Town

Stephen "Sugar" Segerman", Rodriguez fan and owner of Mabu Vinyl, and Eva Rodríguez, daughter of Rodriguez, the subject of the Searching for Sugar Man documentary, which was partially filmed in Cape Town

Star-struck doesn’t even begin to describe our reaction on Monday 22 October, 2012 to meeting not only Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, fans of musician Sixto Rodriguez and stars of the Bafta- nominated and  Oscar nominated documentary Searching for Sugar Man, but also Eva Rodríguez, daughter of the music legend himself.

Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul, follows Segerman's and Strydom’s journey to unearthing the truth behind the gruesome rumours of Rodriguez's death, the rediscovery of the living musician, and his subsequent sold-out concerts in South Africa in 1998.

The 101-minute long doccie is currently being shown at Ster-Kinekor Noveau cinemas and features stunning scenery of Cape Town, where Roderiguez performed at the Bellville Velodrome in the late 1990s. View the trailer here.

Rodriguez, largely overlooked in his native country, the United States, achieved musical icon status in South Africa in the 1970s following the release of his two albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality. Ardent aficionados will more than likely have fond memories of spending many a day listening to LPs or cassettes of his popular hits, I Wonder, Sugar Man, Inner City Blues and others.

Since its release in the US in January, the documentary has won the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best international documentary at the Sundance Film Festival; the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival; the Audience Award at the Durban International Film Festival; the Audience Award at the Melbourne Film Festival; second-place in the Winner Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival.

Any interviewer’s dream is to have an articulate, engaging subject, and short of interviewing Rodriquez himself (which is not even a remote possibility as the US has finally awoken to the brilliance of this artist and is keeping him mighty busy with interviews, album signings and movie premieres), we couldn’t wait to chat to Segerman, owner of Cape Town’s popular vinyl store, Mabu Vinyl in Gardens.

What we couldn’t possibly have foreseen, and we swear it wasn’t orchestrated, was having Strydom, Eva Rodriguez and enthusiastic American visitor Elliot drop by the store too. In the videos below, Stephen, Craig and Eva share their thoughts on Searching for Sugar Man and why they #LoveCapeTown.

Rodriguez will perform live at the Grand Arena in Cape Town on February 9, 10, 20 and 21, 2013. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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