There have been a tiny handful of seminal guitar players to come along in the last fifty years that have forged a unique, musical identity for themselves and consequently have been a powerful influence on others. Zimbabwean born Tony Cox is one such guitarist. Absorbing the music of his surroundings and his upbringing and using the discipline of classical technique, Cox forged a new way to approach the acoustic guitar through the prism of the land of his birth and became so successful at it that he won multiple awards for his recorded works.
Cox’s work on the guitar has taken him around the world from the UK to Canada, from Germany to Italy and to a plethora of other countries, performing up alongside other acoustic guitar greats. Cox’s road warrior days have slowed down a lot and these days he prefers to spend most of his time at home with his family and teaching his students who dial into their online lessons from all over the planet. Of-course, writing new music is a constant in his life.
Cox’s current projects include teaching underprivileged children how to play the guitar and understanding the rudiments of music theory. To get this off the ground he joined forces with colleague Anthony Just and created ‘Player Inspire’, an organisation that advocates the free sharing of skills to those less fortunate. Cox spent a year collecting unplayed guitars from his fans for the children to use and has influenced others to start up similar projects. Other projects are a new album to begin recording in August 2019 and a book of his guitar instrumentals, pictures and stories that he is currently compiling.
Tony Cox has semi-retired from the performing circuit these days so if he does appear near you, do not miss this chance to see a real South African music icon in performance.
‘One of the first important non-traditional, South African guitarists’ – Muse
”Tony Cox is something of a phenomenon in the worl of guitar music’ – The Mercury
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