"Our steps are strong, our steps are brave, our voices heard and not easily forgotten. Silver moonbeams lead our way."
Ziza Muftic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. Her music lessons begun at the age of 7 and her first instrument was violin. She subsequently continued her studies majoring in classical singing and piano. Ziza holds a degree of Masters in Music from University of Witwatersrand.
Ziza’s Secondary school education led her to singing and studying voice. Ziza attended a Second gymnasium High School as well as one of the well known and respected Music schools in Zagreb, Vatroslav Lisinski. There she had the privilege to study under one of Croatia’s well known divas, Lidija Horvat. It was then that she won a third place at a singing competition, featuring some young singers from all over Croatia, held in Osijek, near Zagreb. Ziza was one of the youngest contestants.
Ziza immigrated to South Africa in 1992. She began her music studies at the University of Witwatersrand in February 1992 and completed her BMUS (Bachelor of music) degree in 1996.
Her main subjects at Wits University included Classical Vocal studies (under a well known South African diva Dr.Emma Renzi), Piano (Waldo Malan) History of music (Dr.Mary Rorich), RTM or ‘teaching methods’ (Mr.Malcom Nay and Pauline Nossel) and Harmony and counterpoint (Mr Carl van Wyk, John Reid Coulter). Ziza was a dedicated student and had participated in annual Musical productions as well as concerts at and outside Wits. In 1994 she was given an ‘Award to the Wits music student that has shown the most dedication/development during the production’. Ziza also received a Certificate of first class for GM (‘General musicianship’).
Ziza had completed her Masters in Music (in research and performance) at Wits in 2013. Her vocal tuition was supervised by Eugenie Chopin and her research project supervised by Dr Susan Harrop- Allin (It was titled, ‘Hopa!: Exploring Balkanology in South African Popular music culture’). Ziza is also studying Jazz piano and composition under Theodora Drummond.
Today Ziza manages her time between teaching, composing music, as well as performing at various venues for private events and functions. She is a regular performer at Johannesburg’s classy jazz club, The Orbit.
Ziza has performed with some of South Africa’s top Jazz musicians like Johnny Furie, Sydney Mnisi, Reza Khota, and Marcus Wyatt.
Ziza’s voice can be heard on a ‘Lounge/Jazz’ music experiment with a producer/engineer Garth van der Merwe called ‘Lo-Hi-Fi’. One of their original compositions had been released on a local CD compilation Cape Town 2am published by ‘Sheer music’.
‘Musique des Anges’ is Ziza’s collaboration with one of South Africa’s Dance music pioneers, Gary van Riet. This project introduces Classical singing with contemporary musical harmonies. Their first release can be heard on a compilation CD, ‘Liquid lounge’ (‘Next music’, 2006) featuring some international names like ‘Moby’.
Ziza’s voice can also be heard on some music from Mnet’s TV series ‘Snitch’, ‘Innocent times’ and an independent film by Damir Radonic, ‘Takatakatak’.
Ziza has released her debut album in March 2015 titled ‘Ziza Muftic Quartet: Silver moonbeams’. The album is produced by a composer, a well-known South African jazz trumpet player, Marcus Wyatt.