Thursday, November 23, 2006


CODA - Believe it!

Last night was the launch of the much anticipated debut album Believe by Cape Town’s hottest new group, CODA.

We got to the Mount Nelson nice and early to ensure that we got a good seat, and were excited to see that the band had been set up in the garden, below the terrace leading out of the Planet Bar. It was a stunning evening, without a breath of wind, and what better place to enjoy drinks than at the Nellie?

I’m glad we did arrive early, because by the time CODA arrived on stage, the garden and terrace was packed with eager and expectant music fans. We spotted a couple of local celeb’s like comedian Irit Noble, Freshlyground’s founder and keyboardist Aron Turest-Swartz, drummer Peter Cohen and guitarist Josh Hawks - and of course the Peakers in the front row!

Yolanda, Carol and Rayelle were dressed beautifully in black, with red jewellery supplied by Yolanda’s Yawa Creations, while Nick was just as funky as ever in his YDE outfit. But it is their style that sets them apart from most other groups in the Cape – always looking good.

Although the sound wasn’t too hot when they started with their first track, it got better as the set carried on, with the audience then really being able to appreciate what they were hearing.

Original compositions such as Brand New Style, the music and production by Gabi le Roux (think Mandoza!), and Mmelwane whose music and production was by Grenville Williams (think Godessa!) really got the crowd warmed up. But it was Ubuhle Bendoda that got them whooping and wowing, and onto their feet to dance! I think this is going to be such a radio hit!

I don’t think any of us expected such a great turn-out, but then they have had a hectic performing schedule over the past year, and this has definitely brought them many fans – there’s nothing better than a live-fan – they stay with you for ever!

So folks – get out there, buy the album, and watch out on Top Billing tonight for the final of the Top Billing Lifestyle Awards for which CODA was nominated.

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