Zakes Bantwini Biography
Zakes Bantwini born Zakhele Madida, is a South African musician, record producer and record executive. He was born on May 26, 1981 in the F-Section of KwaMashu township in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa and raised in KwaMashu.
He is known for his song “Clap your Hands”, featuring Xolani Sithole, from his album Love, Light and Music. Other featured tracks from the album include Bum Bum and Wasting my Time.
Zakes is the owner of the independent record label Mayonie Productions, which he established in 2004 while he was completing his final year at technikon.
Bantwini has a Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music. He contributed to establishing what is known today as Durban Kwaito Music (DKM) – the genre that is a mixture of house beats and kwaito lyrics.
Zakes Bantwini Age
He was born on May 26, 1981. He is 37 years old as of 2018.
Zakes Bantwini Wife
He is married to actress, singer and TV presenter, Nandi Mngoma (now Nandi Madida).
Zakes Bantwini Wedding
Nandi Mngoma revealed her wedding to Zakes was an intimate affair attended by friends and family only. The private star said she didn’t want any fuss and she opted to not invite any media. She wore a cream gown and the ceremony was stunning as their loved ones watched them say ‘I do.’
Zakes Bantwini Songs
- Wasting My Time
- My No.1
- Bang Bang Bang
- Sangena La
- Clap Your Hands
- African Queen
- Dancing Trumpet
- Love & Pain
- All Around The World
- No About Us
- Heaven On Earth
- Choose The Best Of Love
- Undignified- I Will Dance, I Will Sing
- Rock With You
- Keep Waiting
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Zakes Bantwini: I’m not interested in competing on small stages
Zakes Bantwini’s journey in music has seen him go through the most and at his hardest point he was pushed to make music for his survival. In an interview with TshisaLIVE he said it has all built up to the ambitious man he is today.
Zakes, whose latest album has been receiving international acclaim, said he was glad he got to a point where he wasn’t making music just to survive.
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He explained that he also wasn’t looking to compete on small stages anymore.
“Right now, I can’t be satisfied with just being number one only in SA. I’ve already been number one here. I’ve been the talk of the town and had a song that people cross over into the new year with. I am no longer about competing in small circles on small stages, mine is to plant South African music in the world.”
He said with Love, Light and Music 2, he had more freedom and remembered a time where he didn’t have that luxury.
“This album is my third professional one but fourth album if I count the passion project I did when I still had L’vovo in my stable. But after a month of having that album done, I stopped distribution and promotion of that album. So when L’vovo left my stable, I went straight into survival mode. I knew the album would not do great, so I dropped it and made my other album because I needed to survive.”
The musician said in retrospect he was glad to have gone through that experience because he was a more mature person after that.
He added that marrying the love of his life helped stabilise his life a great deal. Zakes married Nandi Madida in an intimate ceremony in 2016 and the pair have since been blessed with a baby boy named Shaka.
“My family and I have the same mindset about a lot of things. As far as legacy is concerned, not only for our son Shaka but for SA, I hope that we learn to leave a truthful reflection of ourselves in the world. We wouldn’t want to have a legacy that isn’t really authentic to who we are.”
The Wasting My Time hitmaker explained that not only has love inspired his latest project, but providing the world with a soundtrack for the different kinds of love was his main aim.
Adopted From: timeslive.co.za