Zoë Modiga is an artist who represents the present and future of South African music drawing from the roots of 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.
A celebrated artist at home with awards such as the Mbokodo Award - an event to recognise women who have shown leadership, fostered growth and made efforts to strengthen the arts - in South Africa (2018) and SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition (2015). Zoë’s debut album was nominated for Best Jazz Album and Best African Artist for the 24th South African Music Awards 2018. Her first single ‘Lengoma’ off her second album to be released in 2020 has received strong airplay on South African radio, backed by a stunning video.
Zoë has performed at celebrated festivals at home in South Africa such as the The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Durban Jazz Festival, Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, Afropunk, Redbull Music Festival, Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival, Joburg Film Festival, Fete De La Musique, Basha Uhuru Festival, and many more. International she has played the famed MTN Bushfire Festival in eSwatini, toured Mozambique, the USA as part of Somi’s Africa Salon series and more recently in Germany with Seba Kaapstad.
Zoë has collaborated with some of South Africa’s finest musicians including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Johnny Clegg, Simphiwe Dana, Louis Maholo, Tshepo Tshola and many more.
From her township upbringing, raised by its people and community with a strong influence of her grandmother and grandfather of the importance of the retention of African stories and culture her love of music shown through at a young age leading her to attend the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein.
A self produced world class artist; singer, songwriter, performer, bandleader. Through collaboration and creativity at the highest level creating a bold and vibrant transcendent live performance with strong bold visuals, vibrant fashion and world class dance, showing the beauty and simplicity of telling stories in our own languages to reach to the core of a global audience.
Zoë Modiga is an artist challenging the status quo and inspiring a new generation, a true representation of excellence.
What the Press has to say:
“Zoë Modiga, an artist who draws on the roots of African storytelling, jazz composition and Motown soul, creating her own unique style. This vocal virtuoso, influenced by Letta Mbulu, Busi Mhlongo, but also Erykah Badu, hits high notes with ease. She pulls out all stops during her dynamic show.” – Songlines UK
“Zoë's a vocal virtuoso— there's 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 some 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
PHOTO BY: TATENDA CHIDORA