Originally from Cape Town in South Africa, Angie is the creative driving force in the partnership and has been described as having “considerable vocal and songwriting talents” by fRoots. Showing an early aptitude for music, she was picking out her own tunes on a miniature piano by the age of four and a keen guitarist by the age of six. A promising and talented musician, she was awarded LTCL and a music scholarship to complete a first class BMus Hons but it still took time for her to deal with her own personal demons which held her back from performing and recording. Well-travelled and free-wheeling, it was years before she finally found an anchor in husband and multi-instrumentalist William Cox after their chance meeting at an open mic night in London.
Hailing from the city, William was already an established musician and had started his own teaching music studio. Their musical synergy was instant, and as a highly skilled guitar duo their performances quickly caught the attention of the guitar community. Performing at acoustic clubs and festivals Oka Vanga was born, and a short E.P of original guitar instrumentals became their calling card. In 2013 they were invited to represent the UK at the International Madame Guitar Festival in Italy alongside guitar luminaries such as Ralph Towner (USA) and Clive Carroll (UK), and shortly thereafter they released their debut album Pilgrim to critical acclaim. Described by Songlines as “beautifully pure”, it was awarded Best Instrumental Album by FATEA magazine in 2014.