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August 18, 2009

Coda to give free Cape Town concert

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Coda performed at the Ubuntu Festival in July 2009

On September 18, local music fans can catch fusion ensemble Coda and singer and songwriter Verity in a free concert at Wembley Square, in Cape Town.

Coda is a unique ensemble of Capetonian musicians who are passionate about using strings in a new way to create different music styles. The group’s distinctive sound, which encompasses a wide range of musical genres, has been termed “Afro-classical”.

The group consists of saxophonist Carol Thorns, cellist Judy Brown, electric violinist Gabriella Rivera, dancer and backing vocalist Amanda Martins, house DJ Nick Matthews and vocalist Yolanda Yawa.
Coda, which means the closing section of a musical composition, was founded in 2005, but the group’s name took on new significance after a performance at Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 75th birthday celebration in 2006.

“Professor Kadar Asmal suggested that ‘Coda’ could also refer to one’s life code,” says public relations specialist and saxophonist Thorns. “In that way the name has taken on a greater meaning for all of
us.”

Coda is inspired by the joys and challenges that come with being South African. “We hope to show the world that something quite special can come from great diversity,” says Thorns. “Now, more than ever, our nation is in need of some good news. Our music is positive and full of hope.”

Thorns adds that Coda hopes to perform at the opening of Green Point Stadium in Cape Town next year. “We are all very happy Capetonians and we love our city!” she says.

Don’t miss Coda and Verity’s free concert at Wembley Square, Cape Town, on September 18, 2009.

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