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***Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, also known as Rodríguez or Jesús Rodríguez (born July 10, 1942), is an American folk musician from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived, with two little-sold albums in the early 1970s and two Australian concert tours. Although retaining a loyal following in Australia, unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa. According to the film-makers of the documentary about him, Searching for Sugar Man, sales of his records outnumbered those of Elvis Presley in South Africa. He was rumored there to have committed suicide.[1]

In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez, which led to an unexpected revival of his musical career. This is told in the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man, which helped give Rodriguez a measure of fame in his home country.

On May 9, 2013, Rodriguez received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University (WSU), in Detroit.

Rodriguez lives in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood, through which he is seen walking in Searching for Sugar Man. ***

That is an excerpt from Wikipedia when you do a search for Sixto Rodriguez. Why do a search on him? Coz hes heading to South Africa again next year. At 73 to do a tour of this nature takes loads of guts. And that is what this is all about. Kudos to Mr Rodriguez.

There are so many people out there that has never heard of him or heard his music. That is very unfortunate and very sad. But for those that do know him – Hell Yeah! Super keen to get road tripping. Missed his last visit. No way I am missing this one. Watching the movie Searching for Sugar Man was quite something. Who knows what the truth is at all, ever. But lets just say that you can take everything as gospel and that’s what its like. Then I stand amazed by the man. Sugar Man. Humble as he was even after the found fame. Yes, I know it was a while ago already and lots has happened in between. Some good and some not so good. That doesn’t matter. I still think that is something to be noted. Doing everything as he did. Very cool, and yes. Hats off. Not sure if I would have.

Had a good friend over for a chat on skype today. Had a good catch-up and among some things that we chatted about, was Rodriguez. Another part of the character was revealed in that conversation. He is a very proud man. I respect him for that. Sometimes it can be a great thing to be proud, and to stand strong in that. Pride can be a rather nasty as well if it gets hold of you. That’s a story for another time. What I was saying. Proud to the point where he would stand through his whole concert. I don’t think many people would even know something like that, but it’s true.

He would take tremendous strain, but do it for the love of music and his fans.

Like I said earlier, another tour. I feel a road trip coming up.

We should take legends like these and keep their music burning hot for many more years.

Why would you want to do something like that? Because they are that damn good. I think there are many others like him…

Keen to hear from you guys who you think could be added to this list.


Have a good one. Black Hat.


Black Hat Bloggers Introductions

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When having a look at our Black Hat Blog, you may notice that there is more than one author contributing. I would like to take some time and tell you a bit more about the people behind the names.

We will start with the lady first.

I decided to add a lady to the mix for obvious reasons-Mrs Black Hat is married to a bearded man. She will try to shed some light on the somewhat murky aspects of being involved with a bearded man. Abi (AKA Mrs Black Hat) will cover topics including kissing a man with a beard, dealing with social situations and having a relationship with the man behind the beard.

Mrs Black Hat

Secondly there is the tall, dark and handsome J.L. Borstlap (AKA Beard Bearer). We (Beard Bearer & Black Hat) met a little while ago and slowly but surely started to become friends. We share the passion for bearding and the enjoyment of good whiskey, bacon, cheese and coffee. We are looking forward to bringing you the people’s news and info regarding beards and the bearded lifestyle. The Beard Bearer will cover some of his own topics and rumour has it that he might do some reviews on various nice things as well. Beard Bearer for the win!

Beard Bearer

Then finally – The Black Hat. Me. My name is Kandas. Not Candice but almost. I am a father to one… There should be more sometime in the future. I am a husband. I am an avid beardsman. I am the owner of ‘The Black Hat Beard Company’ ~ Grooming for men is manly! I am an active member of our local Airsoft club. ~ Milsim for the win! I am a friend to some and foe to others- not too many though. Combining all these things makes me who I am. There are interests like fishing and coffee and bacon and zombies that could be added to this list as well, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

Black Hat


Last thought before heading off. With there being various people blogging and our lives being so different, there might be times where there will be some overlap in topics covered or things mentioned elsewhere. Overlap is not a bad thing. It will give one more than one perspective or view on certain topics.

If you have any questions or requests regarding bearding or the bearded lifestyle, give us a shout. We will answer those we can and find answers to those we can’t.

Happy bearding.

BH Out!

Lady and the Beard!

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I have a thing for beards. Always have. So I guess it was inevitable that I would end up marrying a bearded man (even if he was clean shaven when he proposed, I could see the potential for awesome on that chin).
What I didn’t realize before I hooked up with Black Hat, is that there is, in fact, a secret code involved in living with The Beard. One needs to learn a new language, different etiquette, and, of course, kissing techniques.

It can either be a battleground or a paradise.

As #MrsBlackHat, I have decided to sympathize with all partners of bearded men and share the knowledge I have learnt through much trial, error and moustache-tickled nostrils.
Think of me as the guru of domestic, bearded bliss.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a number of musings to make your relationship with The Beard work. Look out for tips on social situations, secret code, and sweet times with The Beard in your life.

And now, I’m off. I need to go attend to my Beard.