Jodi Jantjies releases first album featuring Karen Zoid: 'To be able to work with her is a blessing'

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  • Singer-songwriter Jodi Jantjies has released the first single off her debut album, Woorde, featuring Sama award-winning artist Karen Zoid.
  • "I am a bit overwhelmed, nervous, excited but also very grateful for the opportunity to be able to have an album at such a young age," Jodi, who is a final-year UWC student, tells Channel24.
  • "It was fun, it was informative, and I learned so much. Karen helped me not be in my head as much and to just enjoy the moment," says Jodi about working with the multi award-winner.


In 2016, a shy and quiet 16-year girl from Mitchells Plain performed her own original song in front of the ATKV Crescendo judging panel, Hemelbesem, Mynie Grové, Danie du Toit and Anna Davel. 

As they say, "the rest is history," and five years later, Jodi Jantjies releases her debut album Woorde, which follows the release of her self-titled EP earlier this year.

The talented songwriter and singer, who has captivated audiences at Aardklop, Suidoosterfees and #OnseFees, says she is experiencing "mixed emotions" about the release of her album on Wednesday. 

"I am a bit overwhelmed, nervous, excited but also very grateful for the opportunity to be able to have an album at such a young age," an overjoyed Jodi tells Channel24.

Jodi admits that although Covid-19 brought on many challenges, the obstacles have also "pushed" her to be more productive. "I took the world shutting down to unwind and write. It was challenging, but having a support system like the ATKV - Crescendo has been amazing at keeping me going," she says. 


Ahead of the album release, Jodi debuted her first single, Woorde, featuring Karen Zoid, on Friday, which Jodi describes as a dream come true. 

"I am a very, very, very big fan of Karen Zoid. Her music has greatly influenced my writing style and to be able to work with her is a blessing." 

What I admire the most is her willingness to work with young undiscovered talent like me and sharing her experiences with me. She is very down to earth and kind, and loving. I was at first very intimidated by her because she is 'Karen Zoid'. But when we met, I felt at ease; I was very grateful for the fact that she was so open to working with me.

Jodi admits that she had been "dropping hints" during interviews and with her management team about wanting to collaborate with Karen, and although she never doubted it would become a reality, she didn't expect it to happen so early in her career. "The manifestation worked!" she exclaims.

About working with the Sama award-winner, Jodi says it's an experience she won't easily forget.

"It was fun, it was informative, and I learned so much. Karen helped me not be in my head as much and to just enjoy the moment," she says.

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Speaking about her new album, Jodi, a final-year Bachelor of Arts student at UWC, says she was "deeply inspired by everything that helped me shape who I am today".

She says: "It is an array of genres and the genres are symbolic for me as a person, as a South African, as a coloured and as a woman. It is also symbolic of the many cultures in South Africa and its ethnicities. The songs on the album are what I feel makes me, how the many cultures shaped me. I make reference to the 'goema' culture in Cape Town, struggles, failing love and my stutter."

Songwriting comes naturally to Jodi, who says she loves words, metaphors and symbolism. "That's exactly how I start, and then the flow just happens." 

There are times where I don't even know what I'm writing or scribbling down. I add music with the keyboard then it all comes together. It really just is spontaneous thoughts that are amplified by my love for words.

Jodi, who has overcome an extreme stutter, says through music she feels "liberated" and "at home".

"My stutter has always made me very shy and introverted, but music really helped me by giving me a way to express myself and having people listen - and want to listen. It is very liberating when your words are appreciated, especially when while speaking, the words come so difficultly." 

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