Just how can one artist switch from jazz to reggae, then rhumba to R ‘n’ B and hip-hop? Such dexterity is what Find Codi displayed on Saturday evening during a performance in Blantyre.
The Afro-jazz artist, alongside her supporting group The Band, brought their act at Sky Lounge in Sunnyside where revellers were taken down memory lane with a performance which was a cocktail of music genres and styles.
One minute fun seekers were dancing to Phil Collins’ True Colours, the next minute they were being treated to Mafikizolo’s Emlanjeni. Such was the unpredictability that Find Codi boasted of on Saturday and none could second-guess the next song.
The artist dished out covers such as Bob Marley’s Is This Love, UB40’s Kingston Town, Only You by 112 and Mase. She also had time to please kwasakwasa lovers by dishing out one-time hit DezoDezo.
But as they say, east or west home remains the best place to be. Much as the patrons seemed to enjoy the classics from foreign artists, Find Codi appeared to have hit the magic chord when she finally returned home to sample the local rhythms.
The moment the artist, together with her supporting cast, cued in all-time favourites Mkazi Wachingoni, Beleka Mwana Tithawe and Napolo Wachabe, the revellers were sent on cloud nine.
Throughout, her performance had to compete with the ongoing action of the European football tournament which was being beamed live on television sets at the venue.
But at this moment, Find Codi won over the fun seekers’ full attention and a good number of the patrons involuntarily trudged to the small dancing arena to get themselves closer to the make-shift stage.
After more than three hours of a non-stop performance, Find Codi finally bowed out of the stage.
In a post-performance interview, the artist said her ability to perform different genres was what made the night.
“We realise that we perform to diverse audiences with different tastes. If we can restrict ourselves to one genre, then we may lose some fans. That is why we try to fuse different kinds of music,” she said.