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Zoë Modiga on her writing songs that speak to black people in different parts of the world

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Zoë Modiga.
Zoë Modiga.
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She’s been likened to music giants Busi Mhlongo and Letta Mbulu. Simphiwe Dana and Thandiswa Mazwai are fans, and music lovers across Mzansi can’t seem to get enough of her velvet voice. But Zoë Modiga isn’t letting all the praise go to her head.

Even though she’s bowled over by the celeb fan love, she wanted her latest album, Inganekwane, to speak to ordinary black people. That’s why she penned all her songs in her mother tongue and judging by the responses, the record has hit all the right notes.

 “It wasn’t just Zulu-speaking people,” Zoë says, “It was abuntu abam’nyama (black people) in different parts of the world that were like, ‘This resonates’ and I’m glad they co-signed it because it’s for them.”

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