NJPAC Features Mexican-American folk musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez

Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, performs original, compelling songs from his two classic albums this upcoming May 8th at 8:00 PM at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.


Born in Detroit as Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, this Mexican-American folk musician and self-taught guitarist often sang of injustices in his home city. His two studio releases, Cold Fact (1969) and Coming from Reality (1971) went unnoticed in the U.S., but gained airplay overseas. Rodriguez was unaware that he had achieved superstardom in South Africa, where anti-apartheid activists and musicians were inspired by his counterculture lyrics.

Rodriguez was earning a bachelor’s degree, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family when fans in South Africa sought him out in the late 1990s. The story of the unanticipated renaissance of his music career is told in the film Searching for Sugar Man, which has given Rodriguez a new measure of fame in the U.S. and is reaching audiences worldwide.

Presented at NJPAC in association with Metropolitan Entertainment Consultants NJPAC in YOUR Community Searching for Sugar ManSearching for Sugar Man A FREE screening at the Millburn Public Library

Sugarman poster

A documentary film which details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumoured death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him.
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Single-performance tickets are available online at njpac.org, via phone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722) or at the NJPAC Box Office, One Center St., Newark. For groups of 10 or more, call the NJPAC sales desk at 1-888-MY-NJPAC (1-888-696-5722). All tickets purchased online and via phone are subject to a per-ticket handling charge.

Pa’lante Latino showcases current events in the arts, entertainment, politics, and culture as it affects our community. Above all, we are ferocious advocates of the contributions that Hispanics/Latinos have made to the United States and feature articles based on historical facts to reaffirm our relevance.Please feel free to email us at info@palantelatino.com



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