Karen Zoid

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Karen Zoid
Karen zoid in 2009.jpg
Background information
Birth name Karen Louise Greeff
Born (1978-08-10) August 10, 1978 (age 43)
Brussels, Belgium
Genres rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2001–present
Website www.karenzoid.co.za [1]

Karen Zoid (born Karen Louise Greeff) is a female South African rock singer, guitarist, and song-writer.

Born on 10 August 1978 in Brussels, Belgium, to a South African diplomat,[1] 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",[2] and her icon status was highlighted in 2004 by both Time Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.[3]

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".

On 3 May 2008 she won the South African Music Awards SAMA for Best Female Solo Artist.[4]

Karen Zoid performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Thabo Mbeki in 2004[5] and Jacob Zuma in 2009.[6] She and her band also performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 HIV/AIDS benefit concert in 2005,[7] and at the Centenary celebrations of the ANC in 2012.[8] 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).

In 2010, Karen Zoid starred in a Franz Marx film, Susanna van Biljon.[9] She also recorded the film's theme song.

Karen Zoid's talk show, Republiek van Zoid Afrika premiered on kykNET in July 2014.[10]

Her current band members are Henry Steel Jnr (guitar), Schalk van der Merwe (bass guitar) and Tim Rankin (drums).


  • Poles Apart (2002)
  • 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)


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