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THE WORLD IN A GUITAR (article first published : 2003-09-19)

The World in a Guitar is a show that brings together the stunning fret-board wizardry of South Africa’s finest guitarists in a collaboration of solos, duos, trios, quartets and a slam bang at the end with everybody on stage! It is a celebration of the guitar, a unique, endlessly fascinating and timeless instrument. The vibrant large-scale instrumental production opens at the Market Theatre in October before setting off on a national four-month tour.

The show will reach Durban early next year when it will have a run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from January 20 to February 8, 2004.

The essential idea behind the show is an outward musical extrapolation from the members that make up the Aquarian Quartet - Steve Newman, Tony Cox, Greg Georgiades and Syd Kitchen, each fine guitarists and musicians in their own right - to many of the fine guitarists and other musicians that they have worked with over the years. Collectively, the 11 musicians represent much of South Africa’s cultural musical diversity.

Tony Cox, recognised master guitarist, South African recording artist and mastermind behind the concept of The World in a Guitar, has received multiple nominations at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) and has won twice in the ‘Best Instrumental’ category - in 2001 for Matabele Ants and in 2003 for China. He is currently a focus of the Human Sciences Research Council’s ongoing ‘Living Treasures’ project which highlights unique and gifted South African artists. He spent several years performing with Cape Town’s renowned Errol Dyers and his duo partnership with Steve Newman has become a legend.

In turn, guitar ace supreme Newman has worked with violinist Terrence Scarr who did fine work for Newman’s super-group Tananas. Greg Georgiades will be working with the exceptional tabla player Ashish Joshi and the music of Syd Kitchen and maskanda king Madala Kunene will haunt the mind for weeks after hearing them together.

Saudiq Khan is a flamenco powerhouse, his strength and dexterity on the Spanish guitar earning him a growing reputation throughout South Africa. Besides being a great guitarist, Edi Niederlander is an exceptionally fine singer/songwriter. Rounding off the list of musicians is East London based, talented young drummer Kesivan Naidoo.

Booking now open at Computicket. Durban ticket price R80 (5% discount on block bookings of 20 or more tickets)




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