Zoë Modiga is a singer/songwriter/performer. She has been nominated for two South African Music Awards (SAMAs), for Best African Artist and Best Jazz Album for her debut album Yellow: The Novel, which she wrote, arranged and produced.
Name three artists that you love and why.
Nina Simone – she is the essence of expression and transcendence.
Jean-Michel Basquiat – he is such a fascinating character.
Mam Busi Mhlongo – she embodies all I’m looking to understand about life and expressing oneself from the heart.
What are you reading at the moment?
Collective Amnesia by author and poet, Koleka Putuma.
What is in your car’s CD player?
Azealia Banks, Oumou Sangaré and a lot of backtracks.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything… in the past it would’ve been my sensitivity but I am seeing so much worth in it.
How have the arts industries in South Africa changed over the last ten years?
Artists have a lot more control over what they want to put into the world and more resources to accomplish this personally. There is a lot of global thinking among artists as well as creating outside the lines.
What do you think would improve the arts and culture industry in South Africa?
Radio stations playing diverse music in prime slots; gatekeepers taking healthy risks on our artists; the government investing more importance in the role of art and art creators in the South African culture; and the entertainment industry balancing the relationship they have with celebrities to art creators.
What is your most treasured possession?
My guitar and my soul.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Lack of peace of mind.
What is it that makes you happy?
I love to feel a sense of contentment in everything I do and in every part of my life. Being able to maintain this balance is happiness to me.
Describe a defining moment in your life.
Performing at the South African World Cup in 2010 defined my journey and reminded me that being ‘silly’ enough to dream and plan my goals is going to be the beginning of every beautiful thing I do.
What projects will you be busy with during 2018 and into 2019?
I don’t kiss and tell ☺ but I am full of surprises…
Name one goal you would like to achieve in the next twelve months.
A consistent gym routine would be great.