I am a singer, actress, speaker and agent for social change.
I am a storyteller.
For the better part of 20 years I’ve been in a band called Freshlyground. Freshlyground, a pan-African band which made its start in the early 2000’s in Cape Town. We are a multi-cultural, multi-racial, inter-generational group of musicians who espouse the values of unity, speaking out against injustice and fostering tolerance and harmony amongst all people.
As an artist my motivation has been to explore my identity, my creativity and myself fully. For myself and also to show others that we are all unique and have to be curious about our own identities, to find the reason we were put on this planet and to be the full expression of that.
I’m a trained actress who has appeared in musical productions on both the small and big screen.
I’m a poet and lyricist.
I’m a speaker: I share my story and encourage others to be curious about theirs and to share their stories with the world. We all have a story whether we are kids or prisoners or CEO’s.
I have been a judge on the a’cappella show The Sing Off and guest judge on Idols, guest coach on The Voice and in all those circumstances I have encouraged uniqueness and a good work ethic in the contestants.
I’ve done a lot of cool stuff and I feel I have just begun to scratch the surface of who I’m meant to be.
Writing songs. Telling stories. Living my life. I’m checking it out.
I’m “doing ME”… one day at a time!
Thanks for visiting my site.
As part of her solo work Zolani has staged a tribute show to Ella Fitzgerald at the On Broadway theater in Cape Town and subsequently at other venues in the country. She is well known for her lead role as Boniswa in the inspirational SABC drama series Tsha Tsha season one and two, and then went on to star in the 2014 feature film Cold Harbour. She was one of three judges of the first season of The Sing Off SA competition on SABC 1 alongside HHP and Zakes Bantwini in 2014. Most recently she has taken part as a lead in the new South African musical “Calling me Home” at the Joburg theatre.
With Freshlyground, Zolani won an MTV award for “Best African Act” and was named Glamour Magazines Woman Of The Year in 2011, amongst other awards and recognitions.
Freshlyground are currently working on their 7th studio album in collaboration with critically acclaimed Swedish producer Tore Johannson who has produced works for Franz Ferdinand and The Cardigans most notably. The album will be released in early 2018. Zolani will also start working on her first solo album in 2018.
Zolani is passionate about sharing her experience for the good of her society and regularly does motivational talks aimed at children and for corporate clients.
Zolani lives in Cape Town with her husband and two sons.