For the past four decades, Zimbabwean-born virtuoso guitarist Tony Cox has poignantly expressed his deepest thoughts and emotions through his nimble fingers and family of guitars. By pushing his guitar playing to its limits, this man – of little words in song – has told beautiful rich textured stories, thrilling audiences with his flawless, innovative technique and skill.
Twenty album releases later, a clutch of awards and a lifetime of performing, Tony Cox has decided to put some meaningful lyrics and his voice to his compositions.
Enormous Flowers, Tony Cox’s latest release, unveils the singer/songwriter and here’s what some of the media are already saying:
“Enormous Flowers is like no other and believe me they (the songs) crack the pavement with lyrical stealth. Possibly Tony’s most explicit work, almost a retired epitaph to years of hard time gigging. Enormous Flowers is the latest Tony Cox package and there ain’t nothing like this before. The album is an easy listening Decameron of songs with relative meaning to all those who love this land of volatile changes. Backed by Mr Victor Masondo, a bassist of international repute, drummer Barry Van Zyl & keyboardist Roland Skippers, amongst others, Tony has pulled in a veteran caste in expectation of a corker album and my God he may just have pulled it off ” – Fine Music Radio Presenter Shiloh Noone
“A richly colourful, fat surprise of an album! The range of topics explored, and the voluptuous arrangements, indicate that Cox has been fashioning this album/direction for years, waiting for the right moment to unveil this distinct new side to his accomplished artistry” – Mick Raubenheimer, music critic
“Overall there’s a slightly retro feel to the stylistically broad album where a gently South African folk-rock dotted with classic adult orientated rock touchstones, like Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo here, perhaps, and, maybe, Sting with Branford Marsalis there, as well, even, as a couple of shots of pre-hip hop R&B. It’s superbly played” – Richard Haslop Radio presenter, blues, Jazz specialist
‘It’s absolutely brilliant’ – Zone Radio
And for Tony, what are all these songs about for him?
‘They are dark, funny, whimsical and a few are political in nature, all are deeply connected to me as this person who lives here in South Africa, expressing what I think, feel, see and hear. I fervently hope my fellow South African peeps hear it and feel it too… that would be the cherry… Although I’m now a lot older but not yet fucked, I still have a lot to do musically and so this is me now, songs, with lyrics’
The first single House of Parliament Blues (now affectionately known as Voetsek Shutup) has received super traction. Already hitting over 43 000 views on Facebook and 5450 views on you tube, the song, and black comedy lyric video have struck a socio-political chord with many South African listeners and viewers evoking much feedback and commentary.
The second single to be released is the foot-tapping feel-good track ‘Enormous Flowers’ dosed with strutting bass lines and sassy, honeyed backing vocals. Listen to the track Enormous Flowers here https://soundcloud.com/tony-cox-20/enormous-flowers
Whilst enormous Flowers has been described by FMR as ‘a beanstalk that reaches into heavenly dimension and their ain’t nobody who’s gonna chop it down, a timeless gift, don’t wait too long to enjoy a masterpiece of South African music at its very best’.