Battle of the Bands

ZOË Modiga

Joburg
December 31, 2019
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.

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 South Africa’s finest musicians including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Jonny Clegg, Simphiwe Dana, Louis Maholo, Tshepo Tshola,and many more.

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, 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.