THE SCIENCE BEHIND COOKHAM 32
Rising stars Cookham 32 are definitely a force to be reckoned with when it comes to pulling a crowd and blazing the stage with killer tunes. Having only formed, as an Afro-soul group, late last year these guys have been on a serious campaign for recognition.
Gigs have become a weekly norm, if not monthly, and their fan base is spreading ‘like HIV in the hood’.
Their latest gig was held at Stones in Melville last night, 19th March, and Provoker News took the time to observe these talented individuals at work.
It was a warm Wednesday evening with ladies making their way to Stones dressed to kill in provocative attire complementing the accommodating weather. The fellas were certain of creating an impression as well and did not disappoint when following the theme.
Cookham 32 had been rehearsing the whole day and setting up the equipment for the big show. As night fell the crowd started picking up and the show drew closer to a performance. The ambiance alone was enough to intoxicate a sober soul on the colorful dance floor.
The MC for the night took to the stage and introduced the group everybody was anticipating and curious about. ‘Cookham 32’ ‘Cookham 32’! The crowd was roaring with excitement.
The band members got on stage and delivered what the crowd had been anticipating the whole night. The ladies were serenaded by the group’s voices and melted in awe as they began singing along to the songs. A one hour slot was divided into two 30 minute performances with a break in between. The last performance took place at midnight and definitely shut the place down.
Band member Monde Ndlovu briefly explained the group’s inception and future endeavors. “I Monde Ndlovu (Piano, vocals, composition) met two members of Cookham (Perfect Mabaso and Lindokuhle Thabede) through our friendship in the UJ choir.
Lindokuhle (vocalist) then introduced me to Calvin Skosana (dj) and Thuso Morabe (producer and synthesizer) who just needed vocalists for a song.
Perfect Mabaso then introduced us to Sibusiso Khoza who plays the trumpet. I also brought in another dynamic vocalist Langelihle Ndlovu to add unique flavor.
We then did one song together ‘fever’ then from there on wards we decided that we should pursue this because our different styles of music combine well together to form a working formula.”
And indeed the miscellany conjured up by this Afro-soul group is unique in its own right. True science at work!