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|Birth name||Karen Louise Greeff|
August 10, 1978 |
Born on 10 August 1978 in Brussels, Belgium, to a South African diplomat, Karen Zoid grew up in Belgium and then Johannesburg. She settled in Stellenbosch in 2010. She attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, and then studied drama at AFDA, a film school in Johannesburg. In 2001 she dropped out of university to focus on her music.
In 2004, Karen married band member Don Reineke, on 29 January 2007 the couple had a son, Ben Francis Reinecke. Zoid and Reinecke divorced in 2010.
Her first album, "Poles Apart", was released by EMI in June 2001. The press started referring to the "Zoid Generation", and her icon status was highlighted in 2004 by both Time Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
EMI released her second album, "Chasing the Sun", in June 2003, and her third, "Media" In July 2005.
In 2007 she left EMI and signed with Just Music. On 2 August 2007 her fourth album, "Postmodern World", was released.
In 2009, Sony released "Ultimate Zoid", a two disk album combining hits from her previous albums with three new tracks, and a live recording. "Terms and Conditions" was also released by Sony in 2010.
"Zoid Afrika" was released in 2012, by Zoid's own production company, Karen Zoid Productions.
Music from Zoid's albums has been included on the audio entertainment of international flights to and from South Africa. She has also written music for television, with two of her songs featuring in the 2006 movie "Number 10".
Karen Zoid performed at the inaugurations of State Presidents Thabo Mbeki in 2004 and Jacob Zuma in 2009. She and her band also performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 HIV/AIDS benefit concert in 2005, and at the Centenary celebrations of the ANC in 2012. She and her band have had several concerts in London, mainly to South African audiences. In 2006 they performed in London, Canada and Dubai (at the Dubai Desert Rhythm Festival).
- Poles Apart (2001)
- Chasing The Sun (2003)
- In Die Staatsteater DVD (2003)
- Media (2005)
- Postmodern World (2007)
- Alive in a Postmodern World DVD (2008)
- Ultimate Zoid (2009)
- Terms & Conditions (2010)
- Zoid Afrika (2012)