South Africa

Rodriguez: Searching For Sugar Man

Oct 8, 2012

Airs Monday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m.  When Sixto Rodriguez emerged from Detroit in the early 70's, he made two albums that didn't catch the ears of the public in the United States. But in South Africa, Rodriguez became a household name - up there with Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. South Africans didn't know much about his life, but it was an accepted rumor that he had committed suicide. 25 years later, a couple of fans decided to search for information, and they discovered their hero alive and well- doing manual labor and completely unaware of his impact and success half a world away. In this one-hour radio special, you'll hear from the producers of his records, the people who found him and the director of a documentary about how it all happened, and from Rodriguez himself.

Airs Friday, July 27 at 9:00 p.m.   When Sixto Rodriguez emerged from Detroit in the early 70's, he made two albums that didn't catch the ears of the public in the United States. But in South Africa, Rodriguez became a household name - up there with Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. South Africans didn't know much about his life, but it was an accepted rumor that he had committed suicide. 25 years later, a couple of fans decided to search for information, and they discovered their hero alive and well- doing manual labor and completely unaware of his impact and success half a world away. In this one-hour radio special, you'll hear from the producers of his records, the people who found him and the director of a documentary about how it all happened, and from Rodriguez himself.

Paul Simon: Graceland

Jun 29, 2012

Airs Friday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m.  In 1985, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa in a search for music that had captivated him.  The journey resulted in a cultural exchange that sparked the album Graceland and a world music fusion.  In this one hour radio special, you’ll hear from Paul Simon about the musical breakthroughs and political hurdles that occurred along the way.