(born Karen Louise
) is a female South
artist with both
On 3 May, 2008 she won one of the top 5 most prestigious music
awards in South Africa - the South African Music Awards
for Best Female Solo Artist of 2008.
She is also an acclaimed songwriter.
10 August 1978, in Brussels, Belgium, to a South
African diplomat, she grew up in Belgium
and then Johannesburg where she developed from a teenage busker on the
streets of Johannesburg to an award-winning national
Her band is composed of Don Reinecke on lead
and co-writer on many of her songs, Rixi Roman on
and Marc Rausch
In 2004 she married Don Reinecke. On 29 January 2007 Karen and Don
welcomed a third member to their family, baby boy Ben Francis
Her first album, "Poles Apart", released by EMI
in June 2001
, was an instant success,
especially amongst the youth of South Africa. Even 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
songs, both in English and Afrikaans, are regarded as poetry, and
are part of the first year university curriculum in Afrikaans at
some universities, for example in course AFR 164 at the University
In 2002 she was a nomination in the finalists for South African
Woman of the Year.
In 2004 she was the poster face and main speaker at an
international poetry conference in Cape Town.
EMI released her second album, "Chasing the Sun", in June 2003
, and her third, "Media" In July 2005
All three of those albums achieved Gold
In 2007 she changed her record company from EMI to Just Music and
on 2 August 2007 her fourth album, "Postmodern World", was released
to critical and public acclaim. In particular her songs "Aeroplane
Jane" and "Postmodern World" on the new digital world alternatively
topped the charts at the end of 2007 in South Africa.
She has consistently had major radio play and many of her songs
have attained cult status across language, cultural and ethnic
lines. Her CDs have been included on the audio entertainment of
international flights to and from South
. She has written music for television and two of her
songs featured in the 2006 movie "Number 10".
Her status as a cross-cultural icon was exemplified when she
performed at the inauguration of State President Mbeki. She and her
band also performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 concert where she
shared the stage with Queen and Katie Melua. She and her band have
had several concerts in London over the years. In 2006 they
performed in London, Canada and Dubai (at the Dubai Desert Rhythm
Festival). She has performed alongside John Mayer, Metallica, Seal,
Hothouse Flowers, Collective Soul and Simple Plan.
Three of her albums are available for download on Rhythm Records
, or for purchase through Amazon.com
, and all of her albums are available
for purchase through [kalahari.net].
Karin Zoid became famous for a song called "Afrikaners is
Plesierig" which is based on a fragment of an Afrikaans folksong
originally published by the Federasie van
in their Sangbundel.
- Poles Apart (2001)
- Chasing The Sun (2003)
- Media (2005)
- Postmodern World (2007)
- Alive In The Postmodern World (2008)
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