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Cinderella stories aren’t dead, and the 70-year-old musician Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez is a testament to that. Until recently, the folk singer from Detroit remained almost entirely unknown to most Americans. But now, Rodriguez and his 1970 album Cold Fact are finally getting a little shine in this hemisphere. His remarkable story was chronicled in the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which explains how his politically charged, anti-establishment music became the soundtrack of the 1970s for liberal white South Africans who opposed apartheid. He was enormous in the other half of the world, though no one bothered to tell him, and his label never passed along the profits it reaped. Now, his music and career have been revived in a way that he couldn’t have imagined—and he’s not worried about the lost royalties.
Rodriguez performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25. sixthandi.org. (202) 408-3100.