SONY ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE SOUNDTRACK TO SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

SONY ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE SOUNDTRACK TO SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

‘A sensation! Revealing an extraordinary mystery’ - Entertainment Weekly

‘Searching For Sugar Man' is the unbelievable true story of Rodriguez.

In the early '70s, American singer – songwriter, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez recorded two albums in the US, working with some of the biggest producers of the time. His debut ‘Cold Fact’ was released in 1970 followed by ‘Coming from Reality’ in 1971.

You probably have never heard of them. The albums were not a commercial success and Rodriguez returned to working construction to make his living.

Years passed and he continued his life in Detroit not knowing that on the other side of the world, he was bigger than Elvis and considered as musically important as Dylan.

His albums had made it to South Africa, where they were the bootlegged soundtrack of a generation. His anti-establishment sound spoke to a community of people who wanted to end Apartheid and overturn the oppressive regime of segregation and violence.

Although he was a household name, nobody in South Africa really knew who he was. Rumours of a dramatic on stage suicide in the US circulated and his fans and followers believed that Rodriguez was dead.

“Searching For Sugar Man” is the film that tells the story of this remarkable man and the search to unravel the myths that surrounded him.

“Searching For Sugar Man” is directed by Swedish filmmaker, Malik Bendjelloul, a documentarian who has worked with Kraftwerk, Prince and Madonna. He was in Africa scouting stories when he discovered the search for Rodriguez.

"I did feel a big responsibility," he added. "The story was so good that it was a big responsibility as a filmmaker to make a film that was as good as the story." And it is....

The soundtrack will be released in Ireland on Friday 20th July, 2012. Pre-order the album from iTunes Ireland HERE.