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Rodriguez visits Table Mountain

  • By Lynnette Johns
  • February 22 2013

Ahead of the Academy Awards on Sunday, Rodriguez and his family spent this afternoon on Table Mountain, admiring the views from the Lower Cable Station before making their way to the summit.

The guitar-playing musician is the subject of the award-winning, and Oscar-nominated, documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

The relaxed star said Cape Town is a beautiful city.

Rodriguez at the Lower Cable Station this afternoon. Photo courtesy of Kahshiefa Ryklief

Rodriguez at the Lower Cable Station this afternoon. Photo courtesy of Kahshiefa Ryklief

This afternoon visitors immediately recognised Rodriguez, who until recently was relatively unknown. For many years Rodriguez had a cult following in South Africa, but his extraordinary talent went unnoticed by the rest of the world. Now, at 70, he stands on the brink of greatness and the documentary about his life has been nominated for an Oscar.

Searching for Sugar Man portrayed how Cape Town’s very own Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and others tracked down Rodriguez in the 1990s. Rodriguez has since performed in South Africa numerous times since his first visit in 1998.

In a TIME magazine interview, Rodriguez described that first visit to South Africa: “I didn’t believe it was something until I saw it in ‘98. The first day the tickets went on sale, 11 000 sold. These 5 000-seaters were all sold out. And audiences knew the lyrics and sang with me throughout the concert. That was pretty amazing. There is an element of magic in this whole thing.”

This week he played to sold-out crowds at GrandWest. Today he became one of the many celebrities to have visited this very special mountain, including Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Steffi Graf, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Margaret Thatcher, Brooke Shields, Michael Bublé, Tina Turner, Jackie Chan, Dolores O’Riordan, Ric Meulemans, Skunk Anansie, Paul Oakenfold and Michael Schumacher.

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