Zakhele Madida better known by his stage name Zakes Bantwini is a renowned South African musician, record producer, and businessman who has been in the music industry since 2004 and has solidified his status as one of the best in the industry.
|Date Of Birth||May 26, 1980|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
Zakes Bantwini Biography
Zakhele Madida (born May 26, 1980) stage name as Zakes Bantwini, is a South African singer, record producer and businessman. Born from KwaMashu F-section, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He has worked with fellow musician Black Coffee, with whom he collaborated on the song “Juju”.
Zakes Bantwini Early Life and Education
Zakhele Madida was born and raised in KwaMashu F-section in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. He went to Shayamoya Junior Primary School and later attended Nqabakazulu High School. At the age of 14 years he had his first child. Despite facing the challenges of being a teenage father, he still went on to finishing his matric. After matriculating, he went on to study at Natal Technikon (now known as Durban University of Technology) where he received a national certificate in Light Music, this is also where he formed his own record label called Mayonie Productions while completing his final year. Madida received a diploma in Jazz and Music performance after completing his studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. He also studied a Social Entrepreneurship Programme at Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.
Zakes Bantwini Career
In April 2011, his single “Clap Your Hands” was released featuring Xolani Sithole.
In 2013, Madida released studio album The Fake Book and Real Book: My Music Bible. The following year the album was nominated in the Best Dance Album Category at the 20th SAMA Awards. On 23 June 2017, he released the album Love, Light & Music 2.
In 2020, Bantwini remixed Lauv single “Modern Loneliness”.
At Kunye Event he teased his single “Osama” with Kasango was teased. The song was scheduled to be released on 17 September 2021. On September 2, 2021, it was reported the release date of “Osama” was rescheduled to 10 September 2021. In September 10, his single “Osama” with Kasango was released. The song peaked number one on Radio Monitor Charts and spent 10 weeks on it. In late 2021, he headlined to Miss South Africa 2021.
In early December 2021, Zakes’ third studio album Ghetto King was released worldwide. The album met positive review from music critics. It features Khetha, BlaQRhythm, DeeTheGeneral, Drega, Karyendasoul, Mthunzi, Nana Atta, Nomkhosi, Skillz, and Skye Wanda.
In early February 2022, Apple Music featured Zakes as ‘Isigubhu’ cover star.
In August 2022, Bantwini announced his upcoming studio album Abantu which is set to be released in November 2022.
Zakes Bantwini Wife, Children
Madida has three children from previous relationships and two with his wife Nandi Madida (formerly Nandi Mngoma).
Zakes Bantwini Net Worth
Zakes Bantwini has an estimated Net Worth of $5 million. He has accumulated this impressive wealth from his work as a musician as well as from his business.