At what age did you decide music was the career path you wanted to pursue?
The influence of music has always been present in my life. I gravitated to the beauty of sound early on in my childhood and began playing the pennywhistle and recorder at 9 years of age. I knew then, that music was something that would be in my life for a long time.
How was your experience studying music at the National School of Arts – NSA? Would you change anything about it?
NSA was an amazing chance to learn about music and be influenced by different performance art forms such as dance, drama and art. It made for a very colourful high school career and I met life-long friends that are also active in the arts. I wouldn’t trade that experience of life, people and art for anything. A lot of the alumni are successful in their fields of choice, which is encouraging in this sometimes fickle industry.
Was your participation on The Voice SA a long time dream or an opportunity that came at the right time? Tell us more about it.
The Voice SA was an opportunity that came at the right time. I always knew the show for its standard of talent and particular positivity. With most of the talents being [as] active as I was in the industry, if there was ever a reality TV show to be a part of that would do justice to our existing careers, that was it. The focus was solely on talent and public response.
Being a performer at heart, I got to perform popular music and exercise skill in the movement and intentions of my body. I was mentored by fellow talents, coaches as well as the iconic Lira, who has been a household name in the country for a long while, a musician I hold in high regard. I also got the opportunity to be featured in Kahn Morbee’s solo project, which is mind-boggling to say the least. I’ve always loved his songwriting and craftmanship.
The crew was the cream of the crop in their field, if anything I was honoured and gained a bigger following through it. That’s a blessing.
How was your experience working with Lira and can we expect a collaboration of sorts in the future?
Lira was a complete professional. A lady with obvious talent, business savvy and heart for the people she mentored. She allowed us to be ourselves and added valuable input. I am sure a collaboration will happen when the time is right.
What are some of your fondest memories from being on The Voice SA?
Everyday was a fond memory. It really was a plethora of feelings and a fruit salad of characters that I got to work with. I particularly won’t forget performing “Feels Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. Paying homage to the beloved king of grunge Kurt Cobain and proving my versatility was daunting and exhilarating. It was about letting go and giving a kick-ass performance, I’ll never forget that.
Do you consider yourself more of a Jazz lady than any other music genre?
I definitely have worked on and been trained by great music teachers in the jazz field. I’ve learned valuable tools that I can use regardless of the genre of music I do. However, I think of myself more as a chameleon, I love music more than I love a genre of music and I’d like any audience to be receptive to my love of evolving and experimenting with sound.
What do you enjoy most about the Cape Town International Jazz Festival as a performer and music lover?
I enjoy seeing local artists get a platform and I am very passionate about us as Africans appreciating the plethora of gifted people we have on our homeground. The CTIJF is a great festival to discover what [we] already have and meeting international artists is a bonus to that.
Aside from music, what else are you passionate about or currently pursuing?
Outside of music I am currently all about being open to life and going with the flow. Enjoying the people in my inner circle and realising the different roles I play in their lives. Music is not my entire life, I need other aspects of my life to be balanced in order to do justice to the gift I was given.
Aside from your Soundcloud account and events, where else can people listen to your songs?
I am excited to say I will have material coming out soon that will be available in most digital stores, everyone can look forward to that.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
Zoë Modiga is a brand with the motto #shaketheworld. I am here to impact people whilst challenging myself. I am going to be around for while and I invite everyone to be part of my journey. It isn’t only for people to be spectators of my musical journey, but to walk away being different, being affected, being impacted in a life changing way.
Interviewed by Cleopatra Shava