Zoë Modiga is an artist who represents the present and future of African music drawing from the
roots of African storytelling, Jazz composition and Motown soul but creating a sound entirely her
own in order to communicate an evolving African sound without loosing its essence.
Her love for music at a very young age encouraged her to attend the National School of the Arts in
Braamfontein, Johannesburg where she studied classical piano, clarinet and vocals. She later studied Jazz performance at the College of Music, UCT.
Zoë has collaborated with some of the world's finest musicians including Ladysmith
Black Mambazo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Johnny Clegg, Simphiwe Dana, Louis Maholo, Tshepo Tsholo, Wynton Marsalis. She has performed at celebrated festivals such as the The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, MTN Bushfire Festival, Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival, Fete De La Musique, Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, Redbull Music Festival, Basha Uhuru Music Festival, Afropunk and many more.
Zoë’s debut album was nominated for Best Jazz Album and Best African Artist for the 24th South African Music Awards 2018 and was awarded with the Mbokodo Award for music in 2018. She was winner of the Jazz Category of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition 2015. Zoë was in the TOP 8 of The Voice SA, 2016. Her holding down a multifaceted career as a singer, songwriter, performer, bandleader, collaborator, Zoë Modiga is an artist challenging the status quo and inspiring a new generation to turn their heart yellow.
What the Press has to say:
“Zoë is a vocal virtuoso — there is nothing her voice can't do – she hits high notes with ease, and varies her
delivery — she can sing in sparse dilated sentences, and, on songs like “Uh Oh (A Sensible Life), she
packs her words like an MC.” - OKAYAFRICA
“This is the kind of music you want to walk in to at home after a long, hectic day on the job or whatever
pursuit steals your day.” – OMENKA ONLINE
“Talented, flawless in her delivery, a transcendent performer with a distinct and a fresh brand identity,
Modiga has proved to be a dynamic, multifaceted force.” - CITIZEN
PHOTO BY: TATENDA CHIDORA