ZOË MODIGA – Ukubonga

ZOË MODIGA – Ukubonga

Up next at the Bassline Live at the Lyric Theatre Series, in association with BET, is ZOË MODIGA, the multitalented award-winning singer, songwriter, performer, collaborator and ultimate storyteller. Presenting a special bespoke show titled UKUBONGA (Gratitude), the evening is set to be a night to remember, to feel gratitude for life via the universal language of music, moment by moment, beat by beat.

Doors at The Lyric Theatre at Johannesburg's Gold Reef City open 19:00pm on the 30th of April. The show starts at 20:00. The support act for the night is BandaBanda And The Crocodiles. Tickets cost between R250.00 and R400.00 and are available at Computicket.


"Performing at the Bassline Live is always such a treat. These shows are so palpable, spirited and full of joy. I think music lovers always look forward to these shows and it’s a beautiful way for us to connect once more," Modiga says.

“This show is called, “Ukubonga” because it is a thanksgiving that we are ushering music lovers into. So, imagine any family gathering where you are thankful for each other and that is the energy we wish to bring into being. The show will be happening around Freedom Day and as a “born free” there are so many layers to our lives and our stories. We recognise our revolutionaries and their sacrifices and how they have brought us here. We also recognise our own inherited and experienced battle scars to give thanks, that we have been, that we are and will be. We should be so proud of each other and as we move into a new season, this is something to truly mark in time and remember."

She continues, "We’ve all been through so much and we really just wanted a show that celebrates that we are still here, having passed through it all and been affected in the various ways. It’s important to love into ourselves now as we deal with the aftermath of it all. I'm so excited that I’ll be sharing the stage with my family of world class musicians and sharing the bill with BandaBanda And The Crocodiles. "

Zoë Modiga born and raised in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, is the quintessential artist who represents the present and future of South African music. Drawing from human experiences, identity and storytelling, she creates a distinct sound to communicate a modern, evolving African story without losing its essence.

As a lively, transcendent performer with a background in classical and jazz training, she is known to enchant audiences into another world. An authentic, compelling artist challenging the status quo, Zoë Modiga is steadily creating an immortal legacy of cultural impact through music, fashion and storytelling.

Zoë has collaborated with some of South Africa’s finest musicians including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lira, Thandiswa Mazwai, Johnny Clegg, Simphiwe Dana, Abigail Kubeka, Madala Kunene, Louis Maholo, Tshepo Tshola and many more.

Internationally, she has played at many festivals and world tours. This year has a lot in store for her. "There are so many things we are looking forward to for 2022 that feel like they are making up for the past two years and exceeding even our expectations. “Ukubonga” is definitely one of our highlights, as well the launch of Somi's album Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba which we did with our sister uSomi featuring iconic acts such as Bra Hotstix Mabuse, Thandiswa Mazwai, Nduduzo Makhathini and Msaki. "

On the 9th of July she will be at the Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival. "We will be sharing the world stage with the likes of our very own Malcolm Jiyane, Bokani Dyer and Nduduzo Makhathini and other acts such as Robert Glasper, Nile Rodger’s, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Diana Ross to name a few. I was very emotional when I saw the official line up, I literally sobbed. It has always been about taking our stories to the world for me, that has always been the dream, the goal and the plan and it’s so beautiful to see it happen in my lifetime where Africa is being represented, as it was, with the likes of Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya, Fela Kuti to name a few on the world stage. "

Bassline continues its musical legacy of hosting, supporting & developing female musicians of extraordinary talent, originality and all-round star quality.

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