Cape Town-based afro electro music group, CODA Africa, has been nominated for 2 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) for ‘Most Promising Artiste in Africa 2014’, and ‘Best African-Electro Act 2014’ alongside Goldfish and Mi Casa.
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.
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
The new record is available on itunes.
‘We wanted to tell our secrets and share the many experiences we’ve had together in the years we’ve travelled and performed as CODA’, says front singer, Zami Mdingi. ‘One had to be careful what you confessed to band members in the last year – there was always a strong possibility it would become a song on the new album!’
CODA Africa worked with producers Kevin Ribbans and Jonathan Arnold (Mix n Blend), Ross and Myles McDonald (Hey Papa Legend Studios) and Andrew Ford (The Nuthouse). They also collaborated with various artists on this project: ‘Baby Mama Drama’ features rapper Whosane, DJ Cleo co-wrote ‘Just to Hear Your Voice’ and ‘Uyabizwa’ features The Ruffest.
‘We are excited about this release because although we’ve retained the signature CODA Africa sound and ensemble, we are exploring new music territory and are thrilled with the result. This is CODA as you’ve never heard us before’ says Carol Thorns (cellist).
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.
Forthcoming performances include:
Sunday 14 December – Franchoek concert – Cafe Des Arts.
Thursday 18 December – Waterfront Amphitheatre.
Friday 16 Jan 2015 – Cafe Roux, Noordhoek.