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TONY COX IN GERMANY (article first published : 2007-09-28)

Acoustic guitarist Tony Cox has flown off to Osnabrueck, Germany, where he will appear in the Open Strings International Guitar Festival up alongside guitar greats from around the world. Sharing the stage with him on the World Music Night are Solorazaf from Madagascar, Michael Fix from Australia and the runaway genius of Brazil’s Yamandu Costa. It is no mean feat to be invited to one of the world’s most prestigious guitar festivals, hosted by Peter Finger, the renowned German acoustic guitar virtuoso.

Although Tony Cox is a multiple SAMA award-winner here in South Africa, he remains largely unrecognised in his own country. Fortunately, the rest of the world sees and hears something really unique and special in his playing and his international travel has tripled in the last two years.

Directly after Germany, Tony Cox heads back to South Africa for just ten days and then is off on a 19-theatre tour of Canada where he has already been invited to perform on Canadian television; an offer he is yet to receive from SABCTV in over 30 years of professional life.

After Canada, he visits Iceland and the USA and is back home in mid-December. While he is away his brand new album Blue Anthem will be released. Made in collaboration with Cape Town trio Benguela over a period of two years, the album promises to be a milestone in South African recording and musicianship and is a fairly radical departure from the guitar players’ solo appearances and albums.

More information at www.myspace.com/tonycoxmusic




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