The are not many bands that get world leaders up and dancing! South Africa’s hottest new fusion band, Coda has been hailed by media as ‘the next big thing’ on the SA music scene. Coda’s wholly unique sound has captivated audiences both locally and internationally.


Coda represents a fresh new wave of contemporary South African music that combines the irresistible beats of SA dance music with scintillating electric strings, saxophone and exhilarating live sampling.

Considered one of the country’s most successful fusion bands, Coda is a unique collaboration between electric cellist Carol Thorns, saxophonist Judy Brown, vocalist Yolanda Yawa and DJ Nick Matthews. Their popularity has been cemented since the release of their debut album, Believe, with several tracks being playlisted by radio stations throughout the country

Their virtuoso repertoire showcases the skill and talent of the performers and draws on influences of several dance-orientated styles of music including House and Kwaito, as well as the more ambient sounds associated with Buddha Bar and Café Del Mar.

Described as the busiest band piece in the country, Coda split their time between gigs in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town and has performed as far a field as the Seychelles and Dubai. The band has entertained some of the country’s most eminent celebrities, business people and politicians (including Mandela), and their music has been known to get the likes of Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk onto the dance floor.

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Event organiser / FW de Klerk’s 70th birthday: ‘A VERY BIG thank you to all of you for the most professional and fantastic performance on Friday evening. It was truly a showcase that we were all so proud of being part of, and thank you so much for the part you played in making it so wonderful! ‘
Whisky Festival 2005 (CTICC): ‘We are so happy with the response from the CODA performances over the 3 days - thank you for the huge role you all played in the success of the Cape Town Whisky Live Festival! We really appreciate the all the EXTRA's and hope you get LOTS of future gigs from the festival.’
SAA Flower Festival 2005 (Lourensford): ‘We would like to thank you and the whole of Coda on your tremendous performances at the Flower Show. I have only received compliments on the entertainment on the show, with your band standing out at the event.’
Peroni Launch, Rhodes House: “Once again, THANK YOU so much for last week. You guys are awesome and I have the greatest belief that you are going to go really far. I will keep on spreading the “Coda” word.”


Believe (Debut Album)
Play-listing and radio coverage:

HEART 104.9: In-depth interview with Ian Ward 13 October 2007
HEART 104.9: P’ayaye winner - Song of The Week October 2007
HEART 104.9: Swing number 4 in top 40 chart show Jan – March 2007
SAFM: Interview with Lynette Francis 24 September 2007
MFM: Celebrity of the Week August 2007
FMR: In-depth interview 22 October 2007
FMR: In-depth interview with Evan Milton December 2006
RADIO SONDER GRENSE: Winter Love play-listed May 2007
RADIO 2000: P’ayeye play-listed May 2007
EAST COAST RADIO: P’ayeye play-listed May 2007
EAST COAST RADIO: Interview with Trevor Williams – Carol Thorns
KFM: Yiyizela Brand New Style play-listed Jan – March 2007
METRO: P’ayeye afternoon drive time May 2007
METRO: Ubuhle Bendoda play-listed October 2007
5 FM: World Chart Show interview with Nicole Fox 18 May 2007
SAFM: In-depth interview with Thabiso Sikwane December 2006

Set List

80 minutes or 2 x 45 minute sets
70% original repertoire
Covers include songs by South African legends Miriam Makeba and Brenda Fassie (given that Coda twist)