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). 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. Her voice is also instantly recognisable on ’Amazing Grace’ under the film scoring of Kyle Shepherd in the Oscar nominated movie Noem My Skollie. 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. 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. Modiga 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, Modiga’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.
Yellow: The Novel is available for purchase on all digital platforms.