Zimbabwean born Tony Cox is an award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter with a body of work that stretches five decades. Learning to play on a Hawaiian guitar at 9 years old in Kwe Kwe in the then Rhodesia, he progressed on to classical and the acoustic guitarists of the time such as Leo Kottke and Bert Jansch.
Composing was a part of his playing from very early on, and on his family’s move to Cape Town he heard the indigenous guitarists of Southern Africa and in particular Maskandi artists such as Noise Khanyile and Sipho Mchunu. This informed the development of his unique style which blends, in a seamless and natural way, the styles of the classical and Western masters with the sounds of Southern Africa.
His music has taken him all over the globe where he has received glowing reviews at some of the biggest international guitar festivals such as Edinburgh and Lewes. Based in Knysna on the Western Cape’s garden route, he balances his online teaching programme with family life and performing live both home and abroad.