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Padkos CD Now Available!

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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.

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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.

Copyright © 2014 - Tony Cox - all rights reserved


Padkos is heading for Jozi soon. I’m playing in the Shifty heritage fest on 24th Sept. For those of you who don’t know, Shifty records run by Lloyd Ross was a trailblazing record company that brought much unforgettable music to light through the 80’ and 90’s. Home of the first wave of Afrikaans alternative music headed up by the late great James Philips, Shifty gave a voice to many others including myself. It’s going to be a great concert with many artists so whatever you do don’t miss it.

After the Shifty concert I head straight for Andy’s Acoustic Forum also on the 24th Sept. This happens once a month and is simply a fantastic vibe, packed with guitar lovers who really know how to show their appreciation!

As I write this though I am packed to leave tomorrow the 5th Sept for the quirky Voorkamer fest in Darling about an hour and a half outside Cape Town up the west coast. The whole fest takes place in people’s houses, in their voorkamers or front rooms (lounges). I’ve been wanting to play this fest for a long time and now here it is. Hope to see you there…

Website header photography: David Batzofin
Other pics of Tony: Zoe Blucat-Clifford


Where: Bassline, Johannesburg

When: Wed 24 Sept

Time:  12pm onward

Booking: www.thundafund.com

The SHIFTY HERITAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL: Viva la Différence will be the grand finale of Shifty September, the Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label, celebrating the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

With this exciting line-up of artists celebrating the diversity of the Shifty catalogue, a few surprises are guaranteed.

Matthew vd Want

Urban Creep


Simba Morri

Louis Mhlanga & Music ye Afrika

Kalahari Surfers

Kalahari Surfers & Lesego Rampolokeng

Robin Auld

The Kerels

Tony Cox

Rian Malan

Jennifer Ferguson

Vusi Mahlasela


Shifty Surprise


…and perhaps even…

The Shifty All Stars Scratch Band

Tickets for the concert are not available to buy. Pretty much the only way to get them is to purchase a reward from Shifty September on Thundafund https://www.thundafund.com/ShiftySeptember (although we may be making some available in other ways at other events during Shifty September - track us on Twitter to stay in the loop...