Tony Cox (South African musician)

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For other people of the same name, see Anthony Cox (disambiguation).
Tony Cox
Tony Cox performing at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa, in June 2005. He is pictured playing a long scale length acoustic baritone guitar custom made for him by Ian Corr.
Background information
Born (1954-01-24) January 24, 1954 (age 67)
Redcliff, Zimbabwe
GenresSouth African fingerstyle, Afro-Beat, World Music
Instruments Guitar
Years activeEarly 1970s–present
Associated actsWith Steve Newman

Anthony (Tony) Cox (born 24 January 1954) is a Zimbabwean-born guitarist and composer based in Cape Town, South Africa. A master of the fingerpicking style of guitar playing, he has won the SAMA (South African Music Awards) for best instrumental album thrice. His music incorporates many different styles including classical, blues, rock and jazz, while keeping an African flavour.


Early life

Cox was born in a small mining town called Redcliff in Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe). He began playing the guitar at the age of nine, learning Hawaiian guitar from Archie Perreira. After Tony and his family moved to Cape Town, he began to study classical guitar at the age of 19.


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