pictures of Zakes Bantwini with his wife Nandi Madida

Zakhele Madida, better known by his stage name Zakes Bantwini, is a South African musician, songwriter, producer, and entertainment magnate who was born on May 26, 1981. Durban Kwaito Music (DKM), a mix of house beats and Kwaito lyrics that he created, is his genre of music. He has built a reputation for himself in his genre by releasing a slew of excellent songs since his debut.

Zakes Bantwini comes from the F-Section of KwaMashu Township in Durban, in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. The musician grew up loving music and wanted to make a career out of performing what he loves.

After finishing high school in Durban, Zakes Bantwini decided to continue his education at the Durban University of Technology. Since high school, the artist has showed a passion for music and has always performed at school talent shows, as well as in college.


Zakes Bantwini is a talented musician who has enchanted audiences with his music throughout the years. His music trajectory was also affected by his Jazz and Popular Music Diploma.

Zakes Bantwini was instrumental in the formation of Durban Kwaito Music (DKM), a music genre that combines Kwaito vocals with house beats. Since his debut, he has recorded a number of singles and albums that have charted at the top of numerous music charts.