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Update 2/26/2020:

Pale Bo, who I interviewed here, is reviving this story in his latest podcast. I still find the whole story hard to believe. If it’s a hoax, it’s a really good one. I still enjoy the music.

[The Radio Vagabond] 148 – Finding Sugar in Cape Town #theRadioVagabond
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May 14, 2014

I really enjoyed the documentary Sugar Man. Of course, I never heard of the lead character. Apparently no-one had, outside of South Africa and Detroit. Now the director is dead. Should I question the whole premise of the movie? Is it itself a tall tale?

Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish filmmaker who won an Oscar for directing the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, was found dead Tuesday in Stockholm. He was 36.

The incredible story behind ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

According to The Associated Press, police spokesperson Pia Glenvik confirmed the death but did not specify the cause, though she ruled out crime as a possible reason.

Born in Sweden in 1977,

via ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ director Malik Bendjelloul found dead | Inside Movies | EW.com.

The movie was great, however. Even it is a total fabrication. I also like the music! Comments, musician fakeologists Simon Shack or Tom Dalpra?

Zack’s take: freetofindtruth.blogspot.com/2…

h/t Mrs. Fakeologist

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Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago
Reply to  Fakeologist

So this guy called fake already? ”This is old school marketing at its worst… “60 Minutes”… Did you just surrender to the hype? Did you do no personal investigation? Did you not want to ruin the arc of the story? This is no different from Jonah Lehrer. The truth is messy, it’s hard to compartmentalize, it twists and turns and almost never results in a perfect story. If “60 Minutes” said Rodriguez toured Australia with Midnight Oil, that his records were rereleased by Sony long before this movie came out, the story wouldn’t work. ” And still the sham goes… Read more »

Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago
Reply to  Fakeologist

Yeh, you nailed it. ‘This story just adds to the confusion.’ This could be the cover story. They’re telling you it’s a load of contrivance, but what they’re still telling you is that he WAS huge in apartheid South Africa. These positions give the sceptical but wary ones a foothold and they settle for that. It’s enough bullshit to placate some people, if you get me? That seems to possibly be the BIG LIE here. I’m still far from convinced by any of the concert footage from his apparently triumphant 1998 return there(The docu(mocku)mentary of that – ‘dead men don’t… Read more »

Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago

Ok. Sixto Rodriguez a.k.a Jesus. Good old Wonky: ”At one time[when?] he was arguably more famous than Elvis Presley in South Africa[citation needed], though he was mistakenly rumored there to have committed suicide.” Citation needed indeed! ”In 1991, both of his albums were released on CD in South Africa for the first time, which helped preserve his fame. However, few details of his life were known to his fans, and it was widely rumored that Rodriguez had killed himself during a concert in the 1970s.” Suicide on stage???!!! . ‘Few details of his life were known to fans’…ah yeh, I… Read more »

Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago
Reply to  Fakeologist

Thanks Tim. Re skype , will do.

Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago
Reply to  Tom-Dalpra

Now this whole interview is funny, but for my favourite bit go to 6:09 here a for a moment when Sixto is asked by the pleasant young interviewer : ”You’ve been to London before haven’t you?” and we see the great man literally jump out of his seat! Haha. Busted! It becomes very funny when you see through it. The poor Swedish lad, he seems somewhat wide-eyed and near-hysterical with it all here. Lying on that scale is a tough call (Neil Armstrong). My hopeful guess is his ‘death’ was an ‘opt-out’ for the guy… 6:09 to see him leap… Read more »

Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago
Reply to  Tom-Dalpra

So yes. This Oscar Winning ‘team’ are clearly practitioners of an outlandish international scam.
They even went to all this trouble to make this ‘1998 Documentary film’ from his apparently successful return (Jesus returns) to South Africa complete with black and white footage, a short haircut , a bunch of ‘fans’ and all set around a fake concert.

Enjoy !

Tom-Dalpra
Tom-Dalpra(@tom)
7 years ago

Ah yes, Sugar Man. His name had come up when looking at William Onyeabor here : fakeologist.com/forums/topic/f…

A youtube commenter had said – ”Another Sugar Man”.

I’ve merely eyed him with suspicion from a distance so far.
When I have time, I shall be sure to revisit and watch the film and give my tuppence.

Nemesis
Nemesis(@nemesis)
7 years ago

Also died on the 13th