Music mogul and UNICEF ambassador Zakes Bantwini chats to Afternoon Express.
He’s an all-round performer with great abilities in Singing, dancing and music writing, as well as an established business man with his own recording label. With all this on his plate he somehow still finds time to do humanitarian work as an Ambassador for the SA advocate of UNICEF, helping make this country a safer and better place. Joining us on the couch is the legendary, Zakes Bantwini.
Zakes was born and raised in Durban. He released the first live House DVD in 2011 and won the Best Male Award at the 10th MetroFM Music Awards in 2011 and the Most Gifted Video of the Year Artist at the Channel O Awards of the same year. He then toured all over South Africa and abroad before returning to the studio to produce The Real Book & Fake Book: My Music Bible, which was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. Zakes is a former ballet and stage former and completed a degree in Jazz and popular music at the Natal Technikon.
Zakes is known as one of the pioneers of Durban Kwaito Music (DKM), a genre which finds a perfect balance between house beats and kwaito lyrics, providing a cross-over appeal but staying true to the kwaito feel.