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.
and other details of how ridiculously easy it is to get started, visit:
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.
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
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…