Karen Zoid

Karen Zoid has become such an important part of the home grown scene that her name is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music. What's more, throughout a career spanning over 10 years, Zoid has managed that unusual and frequently tricky feat of balancing popular appeal with critical praise; of securing an audience of both Afrikaans and English speakers; of retaining her individuality in a market known for its desire for sameness. Her unmistakable voice, razor sharp lyrics and passionate performance make her a one of a kind performer, always pushing boundaries on stage and frequently involved in collaborative performances with SA legends such as Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga and Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground). The winner of numerous SAMA, KANNA and Fiesta awards, Zoid also has her own prime time talk show on KykNet.