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Born in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, Zarcia started her music journey by singing in the church choir when she was nine-years-old.

At 13 she landed a role her first professional on “My Girl”, a production staged at the Gold Reef City. She later went on to sing for various gospel and jazz bands. She has recorded and performed with Feya Faku, Andile Yenana, Sidney Mnisi, Dave Koz, The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Joyous Celebration, Pastor Benjamin Dube, Patrick Duncan, James Okon, Mpumi Dlamini, amongst others.

Zarcia’s charisma, and relaxed demeanour on stage are infectious and make her a well rounded performer.

Her blend of Gospel, Jazz and African elements is soulful, fresh, and makes her performances quite an experience. During a master class with Professor William Riley – vocal coach to Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, and many others – he described Zarcia’s singing as “the perfect technique which can see her performing for days on end without any vocal damage and many different vocal colours, which makes for quite a versatile performer”.

She has completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Witwatersrand, majoring in both Jazz Performance and Composition where she studied with Jonathan Crossley, Edith Klug and Dr. Carlo Mombelli.

Awards:

2009 – 2nd Place in the MTN City Festival Awards for music
2010 – winner of SAMRO Elizabeth Connel vocal prize
2011 – finalist in the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition