Cape Town based group Coda Africa has been nominated for 2 All Africa Music Awards for Most Promising Artiste in Africa 2014’, and ‘Best African-Electro Act 2014 and fresh from these amazing achievements they’ll be bringing their distinct sound to the V&A Waterfront this Thursday at 6pm. Fronted by powerful vocalist Zami Mdingi, CODA Africa combines electric strings (violin and cello by Galina Juritz and Carol Thorns) with saxophone (Judy Brown) and DJ (DJ LuvChild). Their music traverses different genres from Classically-inspired ballads to Electro-Swing, Dub Step, Reggae and Hip Hop. Countries the world over have enjoyed their dynamic and varied performances.
CODA Africa recently released their new album ‘Disclosure’ – a collection of songs based on stories divulged by members of the band. Their single ‘Fat Boy’ has been play-listed on several radio stations including Good Hope FM and Heart FM, achieving a spot on the SA’s Top Ten Chart for over a month. The music video of Go Insane, their Dub Step single, has featured on Channel O and M Net.
Tracks on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/coda-africa
Link to listen to Fat Boy single: www.soundcloud.com/Coda-Africa/Fat-Boy
Link to view video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D35f1CpPyZ8
Zami Mdingi is a rare talent with a voice that is truly exceptional. Following a prolific career with the Barnyard Theatre, she was signed by EMI to record her debut album ‘Shades of Me’ in 2006. This recording showcases Zami as a versatile, multi-genre vocalist excelling in musical styles from Jazz to Afro-Pop, Hip Hop and House. She’s collaborated with various artists and travelled to Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand and Bahrain etc. In 2009 she joined popular group, CODA.
A Cum Laude graduate from Rhodes University, South Africa’s leading electric cellist, Carol Thorns has been performing locally and internationally for over a decade. Armed with her striking red cello, she has won fans in India, Dubai and the UK. She was awarded a 4-star rating for her audio-visual show ‘Red Cello Electrified’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Her popular solo cello album Fireflies In The Rain was nominated for Best Instrumental Album 2010 at the South African Music Awards.
Her latest venture is The Cellosphere – a giant transparent ‘bubble’ that presents the performer in a magical context. This new, innovative concept has taken the corporate entertainment market by storm in SA and abroad.
Dj Luvchild is a Cape Town based DJ resident in a number of venues across the city. As one of the few cross-over club dj’s Luvchild, has opened for many of South African and international bands and acts ranging from afro house, dancehall, funk, rock, reggae, dub step to hip-hop. His skills have seen him opening shows for 3 bands with different genres and rocking their respective crowds at the same time in a single night. Dj Luvchild joined CODA in 2012 and is often enlisted to keep the party going after CODA’s show.
Judy Brown is a graduate of UCT Music College with a degree in Jazz Arrangement and Composition.
She is a house-hold name in South Africa due to her prolific career in musical theatre and her current position with popular fusion band, CODA. She has featured at numerous high-profile events around South Africa, as a soloist and in collaboration with some of the country’s most esteemed performers. Her new album, Liquid Sax, is a fusion of mid-tempo Funk and Nu Disco beats overlaid with velvet saxophone melodies.
Galina Juritz studied violin under prof Farida Bacharova and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from the University of Cape Town. During her professional career she has performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, fusion bands, dance productions and guested with some of the country’s top solo artists. In 2010 she started working with composer and performer Neo Muyanga and has since performed in his debut productions Memory of How it Feels and The Flower of Shembe. She has composed music for bands, chamber ensembles and short films, and often works as a session recording artist.
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