Forum, 30th March 1998
So, Rodriguez's tour of South Africa is over. Less than a year
ago the possibility of this happening was so unthinkable that there were
actually people in SA who didn't go to the shows believing it was a hype!
The tour was a wonderful success from every aspect and the Cult of Rodriguez
keeps growing. The word has gone around the world about this event and
requests for tours have been received from Toronto, Augusta, Australia,
New Zealand and the UK.
We are also honoured to have a message on this web-board from Rodriguez
himself who, I believe, is getting cyberactive to monitor his two websites.
In the March 26th edition of USA Today, the
global US newspaper, there is an article by Ellis Cose who is a contributing
editor for Newsweek magazine. It is an article titled "Singer embodies
So. Africa's hopes" and is, to my knowledge, the first article about
Rodriguez to appear in any American publication. There is talk of a video
documentary that was shot during the tour, the possibility of a release
of a live CD from the tour and the added possibilty of a new album by Rodriguez.
Please watch this space for further news.
I was also one of a number of people who were interviewed
for an article to appear in the Wall Street Journal during the next few
days, also about Rodriguez and his SA tour. Seems America is waking up
to the existence of this unknown star in their midst. About time too! I
guess we have to thank the American pres. Bill Clinton for this as due
to his visit here, there were a number of journalists hanging around SA
and while they were here, the whole Rodriguez tour phenomenon happened
and caught their attention. I firmly believe that we are seeing the beginning
of Rodriguez's world-wide revival.
It is a fact that George Bernard Shaw's plays were
only produced for the first time when he was 94 years old. Rodriguez is
far younger than that and is in great shape both physically and mentally.
The timelessness of his songs and music, as evidenced by the SA concerts
and the number of messages on this web-board, is a clear indication that
the new Rodriguez era has just begun. Couldn't happen to a cooler person.
We South Africans thank Rodriguez for his time, his music, his grace, friendship
and generosity and most of all... for bringing back all those colours to