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Tony and Thuli Cox – live in concert in Makhanda

Published on 20 August 2019

Tony Cox Live in Concert – with special guest Thuli Cox

Presented in partnership with the Creative City Project

A special concert is planned for the end of August when phenomenal guitarist Tony Cox comes to Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). Accompanied for some of the concert by his young daughter Thuli, Tony intends wowing his audience with his unique style and exquisite talent. Don’t miss this special concert in the magical ambiance of the Fountain Foyer at the Monument.

There have been a small handful of seminal guitar players in the past 50 years who have forged a unique, musical identity for themselves and consequently have been a powerful influence on others. Zimbabwean-born Tony Cox is one such guitarist.

Absorbing the music of his surroundings and his upbringing and using the discipline of classical technique, Cox forged a new way to approach the acoustic guitar through the prism of the land of his birth and became so successful at it that he has won three SAMA awards for his recorded works. Cox’s work on the guitar has taken him around the world, from the UK to Canada, from Germany to Italy, and to a plethora of other countries, performing up alongside other acoustic guitar greats.

In this special once-off concert, Tony is joined by his daughter, 14-year-old Thuli Cox, who already displays a command of her musical medium that gives her listeners goosebumps. She has appeared on stage with (and without) her father from the age of 11 and although currently doing her Grade 5 piano and proficient on bass guitar, she prefers to appear on stage with an acoustic guitar as a backing to her rich, soulful voice.

‘Consistently brilliant’ – Richard Haslop, AudioVisual
‘Phenomenally talented’ – What’s On Cape Town
‘Seeing the South African musician perform at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival last summer was a truly dazzling experience’ – Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia, Canada
‘Accomplished acoustic guitar players are everywhere these days. There’s a whole calendar of festivals dedicated to them and as they mingle and influence each other, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for one to arrive with a totally individual ‘voice’. Tony Cox, however, may just have managed this. His guitar style has as distinctive a South African tang, with added tones from his native Zimbabwe, as his accent’ – Rob Adams, The Herald, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland

Do not miss this opportunity to see and hear a true South African icon and his young daughter in concert together.

  • When: Saturday 31 August at 7pm
  • Where: In the Fountain Foyer at the Monument
  • Bookings: / 046 603 1103 / At the door from 6pm
  • Tickets: Full price – R120 / Concessions – R80
  • To take advantage of group bookings or for any queries, please contact Akhona or Kate on 046 603 1103.