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The Vanilla is a flavoured pop band from the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. The band consists of Tyan Odendal on guitar and lead vocals, Jaen-Pierre Dowling on bass, Francois Keyser on drums and Barthlo Visagie on lead guitar and synth.

Since they launched in March 2015, the band has been building a recognizable brand within the South African music industry. They have performed with some of SA’s biggest bands (The Parlotones, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Shortstraw, Francois van Coke, Karen Zoid, Al Bairre, Loki Rothman etc.) and played at prestigious events around the country.

Their previous single, Out of Here won a Bok Radio award for “Song of the Year – 2016” and their latest single, Canopies is doing incredibly well on the country’s major radio stations.

The Vanilla`s newest single “Sally” has just been submitted to radio. The band commissioned Dolf Willemse – producer and bassist for Francois van Coke, to produce a few singles for them. Using a home recording setup, Dolf and the band tracked and recorded the single over a period of two days. Thereafter, Dolf went back to his studio in Potchefstroom to mix the song, and Rogan Kelsey took care of the track’s mastering.

Listen to “Sally” here:

Vocalist Tyan Odendal says: “We are very excited about the release of Sally. Always a crowd favourite at our shows, the song will certainly get your feet tapping.”

The song’s mantra of feel-the-rhythm-and-take it-slow has (been) playing on repeat in my head, a testament to its catchiness…” – Carrie Allen (

“The Vanilla are the newest indie pop sensation on the South African scene, or at least they will be once you catch a whiff of their debut single” – Craig Roxburgh (

“The Vanilla masterfully let sweeping guitar riffs do the talking as they put together a textbook perfect indie-pop track, fully equipped with the catchiest of hooks and the most playful of vocals.” – Edmond Wiafe [Australia] (

The Sun’s Tide” reached number 1 on the PUK FM93.6 “Local Top 30” and also featured on MFM’s “top 5 most requested songs of the week.

The band is busy planning a tour up North for the end of July 2017, with plans of performing in Potchefstroom, Pretoria and Johannesburg. More details will follow soon..

Catch The Vanilla at the following venues in Cape Town in April:

Upcoming shows:

Friday, 21 April – Dizzy’s, Camps Bay – Headliner gig

Cover Charge: R40 / Performance time: 21h00.

Tickets: available at the door

Saturday 22 April Mercury Lounge, Cape Town – Bulldog Fundraiser with Francois van Coke and Willim Welsyn

Cover Charge: R120.00 / Performance time: 20h00.


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