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TONY COX & STEVE NEWMAN CONCERT (article first published : 2005-07-9)

South Africa's premier acoustic guitarists, Tony Cox and Steve Newman, will perform in the Durban Botanic Gardens at the Nedbank Music at the Lake Concert on July 24.

They have just completed a very successful tour of the UK performing in 28 shows over 60 days. Newman has received a string of awards for albums he recorded with his band Tananas and it is well known that he has played many festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Tony Cox's 2001 release Matabele Ants won the South African Music Awards best instrumental category. He has just recently walked away with the same award in the same category from the 2003 SAMA 9 for his album China. In 2002, Cox was in the UK where he conducted workshops and performed to a delighted audience at the Lewes International Guitar Festival in a double bill with Irish guitarist Eric Roche.

As individual guitarists in their own right Steve Newman and Tony Cox are unparalleled in South Africa as the most innovative guitar players this part of the world has ever seen. Cox embraces the sound of the steel-string while Newman's preference is nylon; both have explored the depths of their instruments with a wide-ranging musical curiosity that sees them today as guitar players that have carved out their own unique style of playing.

Based on finger-style, each player's technique enables him to sit alone and play melody, bass-lines and rhythm, all seemingly at the same time. Being born in Africa has given both guitarists a unique rhythmic and harmonic edge to their playing styles. Combine their original music with their startling abilities to crisscross a myriad of genres from the classics to breakneck-speed bluegrass, with a lot of fun and laughter thrown in and you have a unique guitar duo.

Tony Cox and Steve Newman will perform at 14h30 on July 24. Secure parking is offered on the Juventus Field, lower St Thomas Road.

Tickets R35 (R30 senior citizens and R25 students/scholars) available at the Info Centre in the Gardens ten days before the concert and at the gates from 12h00 on the concert date. Booking also at Computicket.

More information from the Info Centre in the Durban Botanic Gardens on 031 309 1170 which is open seven days a week, or weekdays the Office of the Friends of the Gardens on 031 202 5819.




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