nomthandazo: amahubo

We are thrilled to be presenting the discography of Zoë Modiga that features the beloved debut album “Yellow: The Novel”, the celebrated, award-winning sophomore album “Inganekwane” and the spirited, wildly anticipated new body of work “Nomthandazo” to the National Arts Festival stage.


This offering is a surrealist, hymn book that sets the landscape to everyone and anyone’s unconscious world if they so choose. Inspired by self realisation, identity and the spirit world, it is coded with sounds and messagings of that quiet private place, and a commentary on the human condition, and draws on places of worship, new age sounds, memory, choral spaces, mantras, and healing energy. A sacral, spirited, ceremonious, whimsical, cinematic work that brings us towards our inner, Godlike selves. It leans into the divine feminine energy, the matriarchal influence, and the nurturing of spirit and of self. 


Based on real stories and perspectives about the Creator, higher self, loss, and love, it is conjuring the memory we carry in us as we seek the divinity within ourselves and evidently see all around us.

Production Credits


Management, Music Director, Bassist: BandaBanda

Trumpeter: Sthe Bhengu

Pianist: Lungelo Ngcobo

Drummer: Ire Bolaji

Guitarist: Raymond Green

Qophelo Malihambe Mthalane

Assistant: Jerry Silun Xavier

FOH Sound Engineer: Nathan Ihlenfeldt

Monitor Engineer: Ashley Gaisford: 

Photography, Videography, Road Manager: Nkosi Khona Zulu

Three songs that feature the beloved Makhanda based, Kwantu Choir

Three commissioned costume pieces by costume designers under Zoë Modiga & Nao Serati’s direction representing the three eras of the Zoë Modiga discography namely:
“Yellow: The Novel” - a costume inspired of the colour yellow
“Inganekwane” - a costume inspired of traditional regalia
“Nomthandazo” - a costume inspired of surrealism


About the Artists

Thirty-year-old Zoë Modiga is a singer, songwriter and performer with a background in classical and jazz training and is equally comfortable in house, indie and pop. She has already generated numerous achievements, from multiple selections for the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band to winning the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition, and reaching the Top 8 of The Voice SA.

  • Venue: Guy Butler Theatre
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Ticket price: ZAR 175.00
  • Programme type: Curated Programme
  • Genre: Music
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Ages: ALL AGES
Guy Butler Theatre
June 21, 2024 20:00 - 21:30
Guy Butler Theatre
June 22, 2024 14:00 - 15:30