Catch guitar legend Tony Cox at the Red Door

2014-06-03 00:00

ACOUSTIC guitar legend Tony Cox brings his Padkos tour to the Maritzburg Musicians Club at the Red Door in Quarry Road, Pietermaritzburg, tonight.

The gig is being sponsored by the Church Land Programme (CLP), based in Pietermaritzburg, and coincides with the launch of the organisation’s publication, Padkos.

This is an extraordinary collection from a remarkably productive experiment. CLP describes this initiative as follows: “The journey of our work is deeply rewarding and our main guide and inspiration remains the struggles of the people. But is also a long and demanding journey. As we continue together, we all need padkos — sustenance and food for thought along the way.”

Director of CLP, Graham Philpott adds: “These articles are a resource for thinking about the ongoing struggle of and for emancipation and humanity.”

CLP was established as an independent organisation in 1997 and works with those who have been systematically excluded and impoverished in their struggles for land and justice. It supports people’s struggles for freedom and to regain their collective power. CLP will be celebrating the “good stuff” of its work with the launch of its Padkos publication at Pizzology this afternoon.

The public is encouraged to continue the celebration at the Red Door to enjoy the music of Cox, who is currently promoting his new album, also called Padkos.

Having built his career around the ethic of original work only, with only one or two rare deviations, Cox decided this time to do an album almost entirely of covers. But not just any old covers, these are all South African tunes. Without giving too much away, Bright Blue’s Weeping is in there, as is Jabulani by P.J. Powers and a stunning, instrumental version of Juluka’s Impi.

Says Cox: “I’ve been told countless times by folks from around the world, sometimes from very exotic climes, that they often travel listening to my music, a kind of padkos for the soul if you will …

“I also took in a lot of SA music on lengthy road trips … and I love so many of these tunes as do most of my fellow Sefricans. One thing I didn’t anticipate though, is how emotional they would make some people. I’ve had several people in tears during this tour!.”

The gig gets under way at 8 pm tonight and the tickets are R50.

• To find out more about the CLP and its projects, log on to www.churchland.org.za

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