ZOE MODIGA’s fans have been begging and she’s answered – this jazz and soul princess is now launching her eagerly awaited album Yellow : The Novel on Friday 24 March at The Fringe @ Joburg Theatre at 8pm.
The music industry sat up and took notice of the name Zoe Modiga when she won the 2015 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition for singing (Jazz Music).
Zoe Modiga was born, Palesa Nomthandazo Phumelele Modiga in Pietermaritzburg. Her love for music at a very young age encouraged her to attend the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, where she studied classical piano, clarinet and vocals. Her time at the school provided an excellent platform to pursue music as a passion and career in her later years.
Over the past few years, with some experience behind her, this singer-songwriter’s talent has opened a number of doors in the music industry. Zoe has been fortunate enough to be part of celebrated festivals such as the Aardklop Festival, Artscape Youth Jazz Festival, UCT Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz and The Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the winner of the Jazz Category of the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition 2015.
On these respected platforms she has had the privilege of sharing stages with the likes of Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Louis Maholo, Gloria Bosman, Matthew Gold, The Kiffness, Breakfast Included, the Frank Paco Art Ensemble, Mark Fransman, Sibusiso Dhlamini, Marcus Wyatt, Benjamin Jephta, Tshepo Tsotetsi and many more.
Despite sharing the stage with a number of performers, Zoe’s pursuit for her own identity became a strong force in these collaborations. She aspires to pursue a multifaceted career where her singing, songwriting and performing is challenged, revered, inspired and influential.
This identity within her music attracted the ear of a number respected recording artist. She featured on the following tracks in recent times:
“Pushing On” with The Kiffness
“Dream” with The Kiffness
“Musukungibambezela” with Frank Paco Art Ensemble
As well as upcoming projects with Soul Sessionz, Kaapstad and the JoKunnuji Experiment.
Her voice is also instantly recognizable on Amazing Grace under the film scoring of Kyle Shepherd in the Oscar nominated movie Noem My Skollie. But it was last year when Modiga became a household name as one of the popular contestants in the first season of The Voice SA, reaching the Top 8.
On Yellow : The Novel, Zoe Modiga writes a body of work inspired by self-realization and the human experience, much like a novel, inviting the audience to themselves.
This 23-track album has a Soul, Jazzy, African feel. Compositional work with stage presence presentation.
Her fans are invited to join her in celebrating this momentous occasion.
ZOE MODIGA ALBUM LAUNCH – YELLOW: THE NOVEL is taking place on one night only on Friday 24 March at 8pm at The Fringe Theatre @ Joburg Theatre.
Tickets are R150 and R200 and advanced booking is essential as space is limited. Bookings are now open at www.joburgtheatre.com or by calling 0860 670 670 or through Webtickets.
Yellow: The Novel will be available for sale for the first time at the Album Launch for R70, otherwise it’s included in the top Album Launch ticket price of R200.
Yellow: The Novel will thereafter be available for purchase on all digital platforms as from 25 March.
Download the first single from the album Love (Yahweh) now at www.itunes.apple.com.