Tony Cox (South African musician)

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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 61)
Redcliff, Zimbabwe
Genres South African fingerstyle, Afro-Beat, World Music
Instruments Guitar
Years active Early 1970s–present
Associated acts With Steve Newman
Website [1]

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 twice. His music incorporates many different styles including classical, blues, rock and jazz, while keeping an African flavour.

Early life[edit]

Cox was born in a small mining town called Redcliff in Zimbabwe, what was then Rhodesia. He began playing the guitar at age nine, learning Hawaiian guitar from Archie Perreira. After Tony and his family moved to Cape Town, he began to study classical guitar at age nineteen.


  • 101 Ways to use an acoustic guitar (1983) with Steve Newman
  • Out of Line (1984) Out of Print Cassette
  • Planetarium Live (c. 1989) with Steve Newman - Out of Print Cassette
  • In to nation (198?) Out of Print LP
  • Alive at Le Plaza (1993) with Steve Newman - Out of Print Cassette
  • Cool friction (1996)
  • Looking for Zim (1998)
  • Matabele ants (2001)SA Award-Winner
  • The Aquarian Quartet - Live (2002)
  • China (2003)SA Award-Winner
  • About time (2002) with Steve Newman
  • Tony Cox - In Concert at the Grahamstown National Festival of the Arts (2005)
  • Blue Anthem featuring Benguela (2007)SA Award-Winner
  • Audient (2008)
  • Tony Cox & Steve Newman - Return of the Road Warriors (2010)
  • The Summer Comes My loves (2011)
  • Padkos (2014)

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