Friday, 30 May 2014

CODA What You Need to Know

Coda is Zami Mdingi (vocals), Galina Juritz (electric violin), Carol Thorns (electric cello), Judy Brown (sax) and DJ LuvChild. Fronted by powerful vocalist Zami Mdingi, CODA combines electric strings (violin and cello) with saxophone and DJ. Their signature ensemble traverses different genres from Classically-inspired ballads to Electro-Swing, Dub Step, Reggae and Hip Hop. Their unusual ensemble is a talking point in the media and countries the world over have enjoyed their dynamic and varied performances. This year the band is releasing their eagerly-anticipated new album which was produced by the talented boys from electro-duo Mix n Blend, and Hey Papa Legend Studios in Cape Town.
Their new music video ‘Go Insane’ was featured on Channel O within a week of its release. CODA’s singles such as ‘It’s Still The Music’ and ‘Go Insane’ have featured regularly on South African radio stations.
In 2012 they collaborated with one of SA’s biggest names in Kwaito, DJ Cleo, in a crossover track called ‘Just to Hear Your Voice’.

CODA has entertained some of the country’s most eminent celebrities, business people and politicians, and their music has been known to get some of South Africa’s leading figures on the dance floor. CODA performed at FW de Klerk’s 70th birthday and was requested, personally, by Desmond Tutu to perform at his own 75th birthday event. CODA were invited to perform at the 2013 Unite4Mandela event where they delivered a stirring and powerful rendition of the national anthem. During the 2010 World Cup their soccer song ‘Blow Your Vuvuzela’ was celebrated as the unofficial anthem of the 2010 World Cup and CODA’s dancers were taught thousands of fans the Diski Dance.

CODA rocked 30 000 guests at the SABC New Year party 2007 and has featured at South Africa’s premier events including Women of The Year, J & B Met, Durban July, Amphi 5, Best of Cape Town Awards, Miss South Africa etc. CODA was a finalist in the 2008 Best of Cape Town Awards under the category ‘Performing Artists’ alongside FreshlyGround, and was nominated as one of the country’s top five bands in the 2006 Top Billing/Lifestyle Awards.

The group has performed at numerous high profile events and international events, including concerts (Miss SA, Jazzathon, Jazz on the Rocks, Home For All, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Woman of the Year, Nederburg Concert Series, Paul Cluver Forest Amphitheatre), fashion shows (Cape Town Fashion Week, Durban Fashion Week), sports events (J&B; Met, Durban July) launch parties and government events.

Internationally CODA has performed in the Seychelles, Zimbabwe Victoria Falls, Dubai Luanda Angola, Zambia and Botswana.

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