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Toast Coetzer
That mysterious old man, Rodriguez, recently played a handful of shows in the Cape, two of which were in a packed Armchair Theatre in Observatory. I was there on the Sunday night and witnessed some really special tunes from the South African-made American legend. Although I'm familiar with some of his material, I was surprised to find that there's real depth and focus in all his songs, even ones I'd never heard before. How the hell he slipped under the cultural radar in other countries I don't know. I suppose sometimes people don't pay attention, and South Africans might've been so starved of things in the early 80s that Rodriguez just arrived through a crackly stereo at the right time to seem like a saviour.

PS. These pics originally taken on colour digital, but I turned them into black and whites in Photoshop because the lighting was very red on the night and didn't look good in colour.
Toast Coetzer


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