CODA is Zami Mdingi (vocals), Galina Juritz (Electric Violin), Carol Thomas (electric cello), Judy Brown (sax) and DJ LuvChild.
One of the country's most popular collaborations, CODA combines electric strings with sax and vocals against a backdrop of exhilarating beats provided by DJ. Their sound covers a broad range of genres from Classically-inspired ballads to DJ-driven electro-swing and dub step.
Their 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’ which is due for release on DJ Cleo’s forthcoming record this year.
CODA’s distinctive sound has captivated audiences both locally and internationally and has gained immediate popularity amongst an astonishingly diverse audience from Soweto to Paarl, Gugulethu to Bloemfontein and Dubai to the Seychelle.
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.
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 2010, 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 (New Year 2006, October 2010, November 2012), Zimbabwe Victoria Falls (March 2006 and March 2013), Dubai (May 2007, April 2008), Luanda Angola (Dec 2011).