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Zola

ZOLA is a Billboard® award winning songwriter whose songs are recognized in many categories including, jazz, blues, pop, contemporary~folk and soft rock. This versatile vocalist and pianist has recorded a number of solo albums of original material that also includes baby lullabies and children’s music. ZOLA has performed with general business bands and as a solo artist locally and overseas, releasing her critically acclaimed album "HERE WITH YOU" at a sold out show in Boston’s prestigious Scullers Jazz Club in 2007.

MUSICAL BACKGROUND:

ZOLA, born in Cape Town, South Africa, apparently began singing long before she could talk. She started composing songs at the piano at a very young age and by the time she was a teenager, she had already had a number of her songs published. ZOLA’s introduction to the arts came about at a very young age. She was born into a talented and world renowned musical family. Her mother, Chayela Rosenthal, actress/singer/comedienne and “Wunderkind of the Vilna ghetto”, also starred on Broadway. Her Uncle Leib Rosenthal was a published poet and songwriter and her sister, Naava Piatka, a successful playwright/actress/artist and author. Daughter of Holocaust Survivors, and growing up in the Apartheid regime, ZOLA’s witness to the pain and struggle of injustice and loss, together with her sensitivity to and appreciation of love, hope, celebration of life, home, family and relationships, is clearly reflected in her music and lyrics...

ZOLA’s love of musical theater came naturally, along with her talents as vocalist and actress. By age three, she was already the favorite child star in the open air summer stage shows at the Sea Point Pavilion and Muizenberg. At age nine, ZOLA was singing and dancing in local community variety shows with “The Tripple Ripple” - a singing trio she formed with her two best buddies! She continued on to play the lead role in all her school plays. Growing up, ZOLA saw every musical movie, or theatrical production that she could, after which she would race home, humming the theme songs in her head, and run to the piano where her little fingers would effortlessly bring those melodies out to play. In her college years, while singing with leading general business bands, ZOLA wrote and performed “First Dance” wedding songs for herself and a few close friends. She then moved on to enjoy success with voice overs, commercials, contract work for hire and privately commissioned songwriting projects, which she still does today. In between preforming gigs, ZOLA does private performance coaching to young kids, volunteers her entartainment hours at senior centres and homes for disabled and vulnerable and also teaches underprivileged children in the townships of Cape Town.

RECORDINGS:

In 1995, ZOLA recorded “Letting Go”, her first solo album of adult contemporary songs. In 1997, ZOLA made her debut as a jazz artist at Boston’s renowned jazz club, Scullers. This was followed by the release of “On the Blue Side – Zola sings the Jon Seiff songbook” (2001) - then her self titled songwriting demo CD, “Zola” (2002). ZOLA is also featured on a number of compilation CD’s including “BSW Songwriter” and “Boston Sings Out”, produced by Magnetic Records. Her CD, “here with you”, recorded at Dreamworld Productions studio, was released in November, 2006. Other more recent album releases include the popular "Daughter of Africa", and a number of more recent singles releases like "in Mama Africa" and "We Will Remember You" - a tribute to Holocaust victims and their families. ZOLA has also recorded a number of albums featuring her original children's songs. All can be found here at CDBaby.

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