Zoë Modiga and Mandisi Dyantyis to 'celebrate life and love' in upcoming show – Get to know the Jazz icons

Zoë Modiga
Zoë Modiga
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Treat yourself to an outstanding double bill on 11 February when leading music industry lights Zoë Modiga and Mandisi Dyantyis take to the stage at Constitution Hill.

"BandaBanda Agency is starting 2023 with a bang as they produce their first show at Constitutional Hill to celebrate life, love and living for another," said show producer Banda Banda in a press statement. 

"Zoë Modiga and Mandisi Dyantyis have become the artists that communicate with stories, just as South African artists Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela did 60 years ago and what Ringo Madlingozi and Thandiswa Mazwai have been doing for the past 25 years."

The musicians will perform on the same stage for the first time at the event. 

"I've admired Mandisi for many years and enjoyed all he has been sharing of the human condition through song. Being able to take him in, in his message, his compositions and calling have been a beautiful ride," Modiga said in the statement.

"As a February baby, I consider it my birthday gift, and I know we will co-create something impactful and honest with the audience. His music is deeply affirming and speaks to much of what I hope to affirm in people as well."

Getting to know Zoë Modiga 

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 the human experience, 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 while having an evocative individualism in fashion and imagery.

Modiga is an independent artist, releasing her debut album, Yellow: The Novel, and her sophomore album, Inganekwane, under her label Yelloëwax. 

She was honoured at the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition in 2015 and has won multiple awards, including the Mbokodo Award for Music, Mzantsi Jazz Award for Best Jazz Contemporary Album, Best Newcomer in Jazz and Best Jazz Song, and Dopest Album Cover of 2020 by African Design League.

She also makes an appearance on the Netflix series Savage Beauty.

Modiga has performed at celebrated festivals in South Africa, including the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Durban Jazz Festival, Oppikoppi, Rocking the Daisies, Afropunk, Redbull Music Festival, Hugh Masekela Heritage Festival, Joburg Film Festival, Fete De La Musique, Blooming Sounds, Mzansi Fela, Basha Uhuru Festival, and many more. 

The award-winning artist has also collaborated with some of the world's finest musicians, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Clegg, Abigail Kubeka, Thandiswa Mazwai, Simphiwe Dana, Madala Kunene, Louis Moholo, Tsepo Tshola, Wynton Marsalis and many more.

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 Modiga
Zoë Modiga

Getting to know Mandisi Dyantyis 

Introducing Mandisi Dyantyis, an Afro-Soul-Jazz artist. 

Dyantyis is a South African trumpeter and vocalist who, in 2019, released his debut album Somandla and was nominated for the SAMA award for best Jazz Album of 2019. 

In the same year, he was nominated at the Mzantsi Jazz Awards and the All African Music Awards in the Best Jazz Artist category.

On the success of this debut album, he has played at the Summer Silo Concerts, J&B Met, and sold out the Grahamstown Jazz Festival. 

Dyantyis launched his YouTube channel in 2022 and has already received a collective viewing of over 400 000 views across various shows. With fans sharing videos of him and Next Records sharing his songs on YouTube, the viewing exceeds 1.5 million views. 

His online show, A Living Room Session, alone, has reached more than 150 000 views. 

In 2022 Dyantyis sold out the Pretoria State Theatre, the Bloemfontein State Theatre, and his recent Durban and East London shows. He also sold out the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town and two nights at Emperors Palace.  

He released his second album, Cwaka, at the beginning of 2022, and it has since surpassed 2.5 million streams online. Cwaka also won the 2022 SAMA award for Best Adult Contemporary Album. 

Internationally, Dyantyis had a sell-out tour in France with his Isango Ensemble Theatre Company, for which he has been an associate director and musical director for the past 16 years.

He also travelled with the artist Nelson Makamo to New York, and they spent a month in Boston, lecturing and curating stories with the students at Harvard's music and art department.

Mandisi Dyantyis
Mandisi Dyantyis

Back at Live event info:

Date: Saturday, 11 February 2023 

Venue: Constitutional Hill, 11 Kotze street, Braamfontein

Time: 15:00 

Tickets: From R400, click HERE to book

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