Zakes Bantwini Biography & Facts

Zakes Bantwini Biography & Facts

Let’s delve into the world of Zakes Bantwini, a South African musician who’s been making waves in the music scene! Zakes Bantwini, whose real name is Zakhele Madida, is a super talented artist known for his incredible music and infectious beats. He’s been rocking the South African music scene with his unique blend of house, Afro-pop, and traditional African sounds.

Zakes Bantwini

Zakhele Madida

May 26, 1981 (age 42)

KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Nationality South African
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • businessman
  • record producer
Years active 2004–present
Nandi Madida

(m. 2016)

  • Jeffrey Khanyile (father)
  • Nomthandazo Madida (mother)
Musical career
  • Jazz
  • Kwaito
  • dance music
  • Afro house
  • Afro tech
  • Vocals, Piano, Bass Guitar
  • Mayonie Productions
  • Sony Music Africa
  • Mayonie Agency
  • IMG
  • AEM
  • Universal Music Group

Born and raised in Durban, Zakes discovered his passion for music at a young age. He honed his skills and developed his own style, drawing inspiration from his African roots and his love for music.

In 2009, Zakes burst onto the scene with his debut album, “Love, Light, and Music.” The album was a huge success, earning him widespread acclaim and establishing him as a rising star in the industry. Songs like “Wasting My Time” and “Clap Your Hands” became instant favorites, captivating audiences with their catchy tunes and infectious energy.

Since then, Zakes has continued to impress with his music, releasing hit after hit and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry. He’s known for his electrifying live performances and his ability to get the crowd moving and grooving to his beats.

But Zakes is more than just a musician – he’s also a producer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He’s passionate about using his platform to inspire others and make a positive impact in his community.


Album Title Album Details
The Good Life
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Mayonie Productions
  • Formats: Digital download
Love, Light and Music
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Mayonie Productions X

Soulistic Music

  • Formats: Digital download
Mountain Deluxe Volume 4
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Mayonie Productions
  • Formats: Digital download
The Fake Book and Real Book: My Music Bible
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Mayonie Productions
  • Formats: Digital download
Love, Light and Music 2
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Mayonie Productions
  • Formats: Digital download
Bossa Paris Nights
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Mayonie Productions
  • Formats: Digital download
Ghetto King
  • Released: December 3, 2021
  • Label: Mayonie Productions, Paradise Sound System
  • Formats: Digital download, Streaming
The Star is Reborn
  • Released: December 8, 2023
  • Label: Mayonie Productions, Universal
  • Formats: Digital download, Streaming


  • “Osama” (Zakes Bantwini, Kasango)
  • “Asanda” (Kususa, Argento Dust, Zakes Bantwini)
  • “Jeteme” (Zakes Bantwini, Kekelingo, Mpho.Wav)
  • “Mama Thula” (Zakes Bantwini, Skye Wanda, Thakzin, Suffocate SA

With his talent, passion, and determination, Zakes Bantwini is definitely one to watch. Keep an eye out for him because he’s bound to keep making waves in the music world for years to come!

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