Karen Zoid is widely regarded as an icon in the South African music scene. Since the release of her first solo album Poles Apart in 2002, the artist has become such an essential part of the music industry, that her name is now the watchword for emotionally charged South African rock music. She has a loyal base of followers that are popularly known in the media as the "Zoid Generation."
The talented musician beat the imagination of both critics and music lovers when she burst onto the music arena with the release of her hit track Afrikaners Is Plesierig. Subsequently, the South African singer dominated both the Afrikaans and English markets, and in the process, solidified her status as the South African queen of rock. Furthermore, she is one of the first South African artists to have secured major deals with international labels like EMI and Sony Music.
Karen profile summary
- Full name: Karen Louise Greeff
- Date of birth: 10th of August, 1978
- Age: 41 years old
- Place of birth: Brussels, Belgium
- Nationality: South African
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Zodiac sign: Leo
- Marital status: Single
- Ex-husband: Don Reineke
- Child: Ben Francis Reinecke
Her early life
Karen was born in Brussels, Belgium, to a South African diplomat. What is Karen Zoid real name? The artist's real name is Karen Louise Greeff. She spent much of her early childhood growing up in Belgium before moving to Johannesburg, South Africa, where her father was posted to.
Where did Karen Zoid go to school? While in Johannesburg, she attended the National School of the Arts before proceeding to study drama at AFDA in Cape Town. During her teen years, Karen started working as a street artist to develop her skills as a writer and singer.
In 2001, while studying at the university, she dropped out to focus more on her career in music. Where does Karen Zoid live? The famous singer currently resides in South Africa with her only son.
How old is Karen Zoid?
Karen Zoid age is 41 years now. The talented singer and songwriter was born on the 10th of August, 1978. Her zodiac sign is Leo.
Her professional career
Karen Zoid came to limelight with the release of her debut solo album Poles Apart by EMI in June 2001. The lead single on the album Afrikaners Plesierig gained iconic status in South Africa, entering the local lexicon. It is listed as one of the 100 greatest South African songs by the Sunday Times.
Since the release of her first album, the singer's rise in the music industry in South Africa has been nothing short of spectacular. In June 2003, she released her second album Chasing the Sun and the third, Media, in July 2005. Both the Afrikaans and English audiences received well both albums.
Her fourth album, Postmodern World, was released in August 2007 after she left EMI and signed with Just Music earlier that year. She also secured a contract with Sony and released an album entitled Ultimate Zoid. This was a two-disc album containing hits from her previous albums with three new songs and a live recording.
Terms and Conditions, another successful album, was also released by Sony in 2010 while Zoid Afrika albums were released in 2012 by the rock artist's own production company, Karen Zoid Productions. As Karen Zoid songs became increasingly popular, tracks from her album were included in the audio entertainment of international flights to and from South Africa.
Over the years, the South African queen of rock has won several prestigious awards. She won the highly coveted SAMA for Best Female Solo Artist on the 3rd of May, 2008. Furthermore, she has performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma in 2004 and 2009, respectively.
In 2005, the star and her band performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 HIV/AIDS benefit concert and even at the ANC centenary celebrations in 2012. Interestingly, Karen and her band have played at several concerts around the world. In 2006, they performed in Canada, London, and Dubai (at the Dubai Desert Rhythm Festival).
Karen Zoid songs
During her career, different Karen Zoid albums have resonated well with both local and foreign audiences. Songs like Toe Vind Ek Jou, Beautiful, and Engel are popular beyond the shores of Africa. Just recently, the video of Engel Karen Zoid surpassed over 85 thousand views on YouTube. The singer's album discography is given below as:
- 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)
- Drown Out The Noise (2015)
Her television shows
Karen has also written songs for television, with two of them included in the 2006 film Number 10. In 2010, she made an appearance in the Franz Marx film known as Susanna van Billon. She also recorded the film's theme song. In July of 2014, Republiek van Zoid Afrika, a late-night talk show hosted by Zoid, premiered on kykNET. Since early 2016, Zoid has been a judge on the local version of The Voice (a singing competition).
Karen Zoid partner
The famous South African singer Karen Zoid wedding was held with former band member Don Reineke, a guitar player, in 2004. Karen Zoid wedding photos on the internet showed that the wedding was held at Rynie Greeff's holiday home near George, with about 40 guests in attendance. Despite their fairy tale wedding, the couple later divorced in 2010.
So, is Karen Zoid in a relationship? Currently, the star is not in a relationship with anyone. However, she has a son with her ex-husband.
Does Karen Zoid have a child?
Yes, the rock singer has a son named Ben Francis Reinecke from her previous marriage. Karen Zoid son was born in January 2007. The young boy is currently 13 years old.
Karen Zoid Instagram
The blonde singer is a famous social media influencer. She regularly uploads beautiful photos and videos on her Instagram page to the delight of her fans. Her Instagram handle is @karen_zoid, with more than 137,000 followers.
Finally, despite her fight with drugs, Karen Zoid has had such a fantastic career in the past two decades. She is an iconic rock singer who has featured in well-respected international magazines like TIME Magazine. She has also performed alongside international actors like Metallica, John Mayer, and Annie Lennox.