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.
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TONY COX – PADKOS DVD In Concert at Die Ou Pastorie
Shot in an exquisite garden at Die Ou Pastorie, near Magaliesberg, this DVD shows
one of our finest guitarists in full flight. Packed wall-wall with Cox’s inimitable
guitaring and playing some of SA’s most beloved tunes. It is his sheer command of
the realm of music via a wooden box with six strings, all sheathed in throw away
humour that has made this home-brewed guitarist a much-loved icon of the acoustic
guitar in SA and makes this DVD a must-have for any South African.
PADKOS TOUR 2014...
The first leg of my Padkos tour, taking in the Eastern Cape towns then across to
Bloem and on to Jozi and Pretoria, was one of the best ever. I hadn’t been touring
in some time and this time I had my wife and two daughters with me. This, combined
with every show being sold-out made for a gorgeous tour.
What also took me by surprise was how strongly folks felt about the SA cover tunes.
From tears to hearty thumps on the back, I had it all on the tour...could feel that
love big time and I give thanks...
The second leg of the Padkos tour starts on the 22 May at the Catalina Theatre on
Wilson’s Wharf, Durban. I’ll be playing Thur to Sun for 2-weeks at that great little
theatre. I have many fond memories of shows there with Steve Newman, Syd Kitchen
and Greg Georgiades...and now it’s time for Padkos in KZN, details will be posted
24 June 2014
The Padkos is almost packed and I’ll be heading to the Grahamstown festival soon.
Padkos went to Durbs in May and a great time was had there, sold a ton of cds which
always makes me happy for some reason :-)~ Then last Sat it was the Guitar Giants
at an awesome venue in Kromdraai, the Nirox Art Park…classic place to do a show,
had a great time with the other SA guitar mafia and now it’s the gtown fest that
is the focus. My 22nd show there, jeez, how time flies but just as enthusiastic as
I was in 1990 for my very first show at the fest.
He may be in his seventh decade but iconic SA acoustic guitarist Tony Cox is still
making the laaitjies drop their jaws in amazement and their folks nudging them saying,
'I told you so'.
The man and his guitar appear for what is his 22nd production at this year's National
Arts fest in Grahamstown. The show, titled after his latest album, Padkos, features
Cox at his all-time best. Alone on stage, cascades of white hair and those hands
moving, picking, pulling the music out of the guitar. An entire ensemble with bass
lines, rhythm, percussion and melodic lines all coming at you seemingly all at the
same time. It is no wonder youngsters who at first resist going along, find themselves
bedazzled by this man's sheer musicianship and audacious flare for the guitar.
Inspired by fans who have written to him from foreign climes and who are traveling
with his music, the music became Padkos, food for the soul. It is Cox paying homage
to a diverse number of SA composers, among them Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Bright Blue
and Johnny Clegg. The live show has the ability to reduce an audience to fits of
laughter, sheer dumbstruck amazement and to even shed a tear or two. It has already
played to thousands across South Africa garnering critical acclaim from province
The album is a mixture of solo guitar playing and ensemble with a few guests brought
in to add a few extra spices and flavours. Padkos also contains three original tunes,
the title track, Padkos, a tearaway little three-chord foot-tapper, Long Walk to
Nkandla, which is, strangely enough, also a foot-tapper and has as some would imagine,
somewhat darker moments and performed on Cox's earth-shattering baritone guitar.
And then there is a moody vocal track with the uncompromising power to move, the
chilling, yet with a deadly groove, Invisible.
In this world of unbelievable technology at our fingertips, musicians of Cox's caliber
are a wonderful antidote to it all and are here to remind us of something real, something
very human, hard won and sculpted out, refined to the nth degree and ultimately,
something that reaches deep within that has the power to move us.
'Tony Cox is a guitar genius!' - Keith Millar for ArtSmart
'Consistently brilliant' - Richard Haslop for Audio Video Mag
'A work of real Quality' - Peter Groves for The South African
'An explosive set' - Alex Nagel for whatsoncapetown.co.za