The 'Searching For Sugar Man' star was praised for his 'musical genius'

Rodriguez, star of the Oscar winning film Searching For Sugar Man, has received an honorary degree from Detroit’s Wayne State University.

The protest singer was honoured as a Doctor of Humane Letters yesterday (May 9) in his hometown. Sixto Rodriguez was praised for his “musical genius and commitment to social justice” at the university’s commencement ceremony. He earned a philosophy degree from the same university in 1981, reports the Associated Press.

Rodriguez recently said that he is preparing to release his long awaited third album, his first since ‘Coming From Reality’ in 1971. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the 70 year-old said he was looking to record with a couple of producers including Steve Rowland. “He told me to send him a couple of tapes, so I’m gonna do that,” Rodriguez said. “I certainly want to look him up, because now he’s full of ideas.”

However, any new album will not be a cash in off the back of the acclaimed movie’s popularity. In fact, Rodriguez tried to get a reference to his forthcoming third album removed from the final edit of Searching For Sugar Man. “To me it distracted,” he said. “It almost cheapened the film, like it was a promo film.”

Chatting further about his new music, which he hopes will be recorded between touring commitments in June, Rodriguez said: “I’ve written about 30 songs, and that’s pretty much what the public has heard. Musicians want to be heard. So I’m not hiding. But I do like to leave it there onstage and be myself, in that sense. Because some people carry it with them.” Rodriguez also confirmed that he may work with Irish producer David Holmes on his new songs.

Rodriguez will perform live at a number of festivals this summer including Primavera and Glastonbury.