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nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) for 2015

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Multiple SAMA award winning acoustic guitarist Tony Cox has turned his attentions to South African music with this his latest CD release titled Padkos; a word he uses to describe both food for the road and music as food for the soul.

‘Consistently brilliant’ - AudioVideo, Richard Haslop

A homage to great South African composers, Padkos is an album packed with some of the most well known and best-loved SA songs and melodies that go back to the beginning with Cox and are deeply woven into his and our collective fabric.

Among the tracks on the CD are, P J Power's, Jabulani (see vid) Bright Blue's, Weeping (see vid) the old traditional Sarie Marais, Impi by Juluka and Nico Carsten's Zambezi. Mixed in there are a few new original songs and instrumentals that have been inspired and pushed out by Tony’s life experiences these last few years.

Padkos is an exceptional and unique recording and is a clear and stunning display of skill and musical craftsmanship by one of our greatest South African guitarists.

Tony Cox Guitar Lessons via SKYPE

Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you may live in a small town with no guitar teachers, or the ones that are there just do not crack the kind of guitar player you want to be?

Fret not! No, in fact you’ll be doing a lot of fretting
:-)~ Skype is here! All one needs to gain access to Tony’s vast knowledge of the guitar is a PC with a strong broadband, a good cam and of-course a guitar and you’re away, no matter where you live on this big planet.

Want to sign up? Go to the contact page and send Tony an email and he’ll give you all the details to get started.

For Rates and other details of how ridiculously easy it is to get started, visit:


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Harmony and Songwriting

It has been said that the songs of birds helped to inspire mankind to music. We have become somewhat sophisticated since those times and now have an entire musical system at our disposal when creating music. We employ this system whenever we sing or compose, even if we know almost nothing of the system itself. Our ear mostly tells us what's right and wrong and if we know just a few chords on a guitar or piano, it is possible to write very popular songs.

Some though would like to go into composing on a deeper level and actually get to understand how the notes work, what they mean to each other and how they hang together. How do you take a simple melody and hang an harmonic framework on the notes that makes musical sense, or how do you modulate into other keys and have the melody follow that modulation? It is without a doubt that having a deeper understanding of music makes for a better composer, be it instrumental or song.

Guitar in the Woods III is all about exactly this. Harmony and songwriting. Over one weekend, from the aspect of the acoustic guitar, multiple award-winning acoustic guitarist, performer and long-time teacher Tony Cox, will take students through the basic harmony at play within contemporary music to learn how to analyse and understand the inner workings of songs. Within this framework, chord progressions, cadences, writing melody lines, phrasing and song construction are all looked at, along with some very tasty guitar playing.

There are only 24 places available for this workshop so be sure to book your place in good time.


                 She broke the chord apart to find out how it worked

Steve Newman &

Tony Cox - Life, the Road, Guitar - THE MOVIE!

Sourced from Tony Cox’s nearly forty year old archive of photographs, vhs tape, sound bites, cassette recordings and dvds. This film is a warm and engaging forty minute biopic on two of South Africa’s finest and well-loved musicians who happen to also have an extraordinary guitar duo spanning nearly four decades.

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Many years ago a CD was delivered to me and I’m embarrassed to say I have forgotten by whom. The CD was made from an original chrome cassette tape (these were the best quality at the time) and was a recording of a Cox and Newman show from the Warehouse Theatre in Windhoek in 1992. This was not a professional recording, rather a chrome cassette shoved into a machine and the record button hit...I stashed it away and forgot about it. Until now

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In 2009 Steve and Tony appeared in the Rhodes Chapel at the Grahamstown National Festival of the Arts. The show was recorded and filmed and some of the footage by Paul Mills can be viewed in the Cox/Newman movie above.

The audio recording of this show is superb but was never released due to the…

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