Zimbabwe-born Tony Cox first learned the Hawaiian guitar as a young boy. With this technique as his base, Cox developed his own unique finger picking style throughout the years, making him one of the most original guitarists in African music today. In 1970, Cox followed his family to South Africa, where he met fellow guitarist Steve Newman. The pair went on to become one of the most recognizable guitar duos of the early 1980s in South Africa. After extensive touring throughout Africa and England, Cox returned to South Africa in 1986, where he collaborated with local singers Lesley Rae Dowling, among others, leading up to the release of his debut solo album, In-to-Nation, in 1991, followed by the acclaimed Cool Friction, in 1996. Audient, his 11th album, was released in 2008.