Zarcia Zacheus

Based: Johannesburg

Born in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, Zarcia began singing in the church choir at the age of 9. At age 13 she auditioned and landed a role in her first professional stage production at the Gold Reef City Theatre, called “My Girl”.  She later went on to sing for various gospel & jazz bands. She has also recorded and performed with Joyous Celebration, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Patrick Duncan, James Okon, Mpumi Dlamini, Dave Koz, The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Feya Faku, Andile Yenana and Sidney Mnisi, to name a few, Zarcia’s charisma, charm and chilled demeanor on stage are infectious and make her a well-rounded performer.
Her blend of Gospel, Jazz and African elements is soulful; fresh and make her performances ‘quite an experience’.  During a master class with Professor William Riley (vocal coach to Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Laura, Fabian, Rosanne Cash, to name a few) he said of Zarcia, “She has the perfect technique which can see her performing for days on end without any vocal damage and many different vocal colors which makes for quite a versatile performer”

Zarcia was a featured artist at the Summer Blues and Jazz Weekend ‘Ladies in Jazz’ hosted by The Joburg Promusica Theatre and has since gone on to do various performances as a soloist.
In 2009, she won 2nd place at the MTN City Festival Awards in the Music category and walked away with the Elizabeth Conell vocal prize in 2010.  She has completed a Bachelor of Music (Honors) at the University of Witwatersrand, majoring in both Jazz Performance and Composition where she studied with Jonathan Crossley, Edith Klug and Dr. Carlo Mombelli other than performance, Zarcia enjoys teaching (voice and theory), works as a junior recording and mixing engineer and does sound design for various animation and film projects

 

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