‘True success is following your actual calling’ – Zoe Modiga, singer-songwriter

From a very young age, Zoe Modiga had a love for music. This love encouraged her to attend the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

While there, Modiga studied classical piano, clarinet and vocals which fueled her passion to pursue a career in music.

Modiga says that she was lucky enough to study classical music, and it only made sense to explore the world of jazz study.

I comes from an academic family but was never pressurised to prove anything she adds.

Modiga says that one of the reasons she studied music was because of her thirst for knowledge.

It was important for me to know where it all came from says the vocalist.

The truth is that I am just a musician and I love all kinds of music. When it comes to music it should be all about impact and not profit.

Zoe Modiga, singer-songwriter

Over the past few years, the singer-songwriter’s talent has opened a number of doors in the music industry.

Modiga has been fortunate enough to be part of some globally celebrated festivals such as the Aardklop Festival, the Artscape Youth Jazz Festival, the UCT Jazz Festival, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Modiga says that creatives have an unorthodox thought space.

She adds that the reality of being a creative is understanding that every process is different.

You need to stick to your calling even though you might face uncomfortable sacrifices says the singer-songwriter.

Modiga has performed alongside artists like Lira, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Louis Maholo, Gloria Bosman, Matthew Gold and many more.

She says that her debut album is a lot more contemporary, but rooted in a lot of African soul, jazz and folklore influences.

The Jazz community has owned me well so I am very grateful and appreciative for that.

Zoe Modiga, singer-songwriter

Modiga says that livelihood is not a primary concern for her. It was important for me to get tools from studying music she says.

They say that the knowledge of history determines where it is that you are going.

Zoe Modiga, singer-songwriter

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