Based: Johannesburg

Zoe Modiga was born Palesa Nomthandazo Phumelele Modiga in Overport Durban, raised in Pietermaritzburg. She attended school at the National School of the Arts in Braamfontein, Johannesburg where she studied classical piano, clarinet and singing. She is currently doing her third year at the South African Music College UCT, majoring in Jazz Vocals.

This singer, songwriter and performer has been a 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. She has shared stages with Gloria Bosman, Matthew Gold, The Kiffness, Breakfast Included, the Frank Paco Ensemble, Mark Fransman, and Marcus Wyatt. She aspires to pursuing a multi facet career where her singing, song writing and performing is challenged, revered, inspired and influential.

Winner of the 2015 Open Mic series, Zoe’s undeniable talent and stage presence have inspired festival organisers to up the main prize of her performing at CTIJF free concert to include a performance at the main festival