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The other thing I want to mention is the documentary that Judy and I saw last Sunday. It was about Rodriguez, a musician who was the focus of the documentary, and all I can say is that if you really want to be uplifted, see it for yourself. The story is almost unbelievable: during the early 1970s he wrote some songs that were recorded, even put out two albums, which didn't do well here in the States. He was dropped from the label, but his music found its way to South Africa, where it became the sound track to many people's lives as they fought against the repressive regime that supported apartheid. The story is very well told, and it is punctuated with many of the songs Rodriguez wrote that are still very relevant today. I also learned from this website that there has been a new album released of his songs. I'm going to get it, since the songs are still going through my mind. Here's a quote about Rodriguez:
In 1991, both his albums were released on CD in South Africa for the first time. His fame in South Africa was completely unknown to him, until 1998 when his eldest daughter came across a website dedicated to him. In 1998, he played his first South African tour, playing six concerts in front of thousands of fans.There are scenes from that first concert that had tears streaming down my face. I am so glad I saw this documentary, and I hope if you get a chance to see it, you will too.