Modiga tells beautifully human stories through song

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Zoë Modiga (front) performing with Ndumiso Manana at The Crypt. Photo © Simon H Shiffman
Zoë Modiga (front) performing with Ndumiso Manana at The Crypt. Photo © Simon H Shiffman

On Friday night, The Crypt Jazz Restaurant hosted 2015 SAMRO Overseas Scholarship winner, Zoe Modiga and UCT College of Music graduate, Ndumiso Manana. Modiga who has become a Cape Town International Jazz Festival favourite and Manana, a rising star in the city’s jazz scene brought the house down with a carefully measured mix of pop covers, R’nB and original material, while remaining true to their jazz and African roots.

Ndumiso Manana performing with Zoë Modiga  at The Crypt. Photo © Simon H Shiffman
Ndumiso Manana performing with Zoë Modiga at The Crypt. Photo © Simon H Shiffman

Their energetic and engaging performance style took nothing away from the intensity and emotional power of the music. If anything, it made for a more dynamic experience. The freedom with which they led the audience through different emotional curves was a mark of true artistry. Vocal ability and technical skill worked to tell stories that were beautifully human.

The Crypt is Cape Town’s premier live jazz venue. Rich with historical significance, The Crypt beneath St. George’s Cathedral was where many Apartheid resistance meetings were held. Today, the home of live jazz, it also doubles up as a museum, preserving some the city’s and the venue’s history in different exhibitions. A converted space from a literal crypt to a place of fine dining expert musicianship, a regular at Birdland or Johannesburg’s Orbit would be right at home.

The relationship between wine and jazz is long-standing and one that is respected at The Crypt with their exhaustive wine list that could compete with that of any place of fine dining. Foodies come to The Crypt and want for nothing. The Crypt is nothing short of a delightful experience.

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