Here she attended the National School of the Arts before going on to study drama at AFDA.
Her work in both English and Afrikaans has garnered critical acclaim, and she has been dubbed South Africa"s "Queen of Rock" by several major local publications. Her followers and, more generally, the South African youth have also been referred to as the "Zoid Generation" by the press Zoid"s current band members are Henry Steel Jnr (guitar), Schalk van der Merwe (bass guitar) and Tim Rankin (drums).
The singer is also known for hosting the kykNet television series Republiek van Zoid Afrika and is one of the judges on The Voice Société Anonyme.
In 2001, she dropped out of university to focus her attention on music
Zoid"s first album, "Poles Apart", was released by Electric and Music Industries in June 2001. Electric and Music Industries released her second album, "Chasing the Sun", in June 2003 and her third, "Media", in July 2005.
Her fourth album, "Postmodern World", was released in August 2007 after she had left Electric and Music Industries and signed with Just Music earlier that year. 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".
Karen Zoid performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Thabo Mbeki in 2004 and Jacob Zuma in 2009.
She and her band also performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome benefit concert in 2005, and at the centenary celebrations of the African National Congress in 2012. 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.
She also recorded the film"s theme song.
Republiek van Zoid Afrika, a late-night talk show hosted by Zoid, premiered on kykNET in July 2014. As of early 2016, Zoid is a judge on the local version of the singing competition The Voice.