Zakes Bantwini

About Zakes Bantwini

About Zakes Bantwini

Coined as Durban Kwaito Music (DKM), hits such as “Bum Bum” and “Wasting My Time” fuses house beats with kwaito Lyrics. As a musician, he knew how to transfer into the role of producer and manger to direct the careers of Andile Masuku and others. By creating something that appeals to everyone who appreciates good music’s, Zakes quickly became a household name in the South African house music industry. He graduated from UKZN recently after holding a diploma in Jazz and popular music from Natal Technikon (DUT today). Mayonie Productions was created while finishing is last year at the technikon (2004). He knew he wanted to be more than just a musician, which is why he formed his own label instead of struggling to find management that fit him.

"I didn't want to go to a record company with my demo tape and ask for them to sign me as their artist. It made sense for me to look for talent and then after signing the artist, I would go and negotiate for their deal - while at the same time I am actively involved in promoting my artist," says Zakes.


L’vovo began to mesmerise fans and went on to win a couple of Metro FM Music Awards. This brought other artists like Beezory (Kwaito), Shon G (Hip Hop), SAMA best new comer of 2008 Andile Mseleku (Jazz), DJ Sndara (House Music), Dj Snazzy, and Museeq IQ to Mayonie Productions.

The latest collaboration with DJ Black Coffee promises to deliver an album that stands out. "We've been friend with Black Coffee for so many years and the success of our collaboration on JUJU, we felt it was time for us to work on an album together" says Zakes. The album is collaboration between Zakes's Mayonie Productions and Black Coffee's Soulistic music.

In February 2014, Zakes Bantwini released the video for his second single, “Ghetto”. The video depicts life in the township and the song has received a lot of airplay from local radio stations. The song is off Zakes’ ‘The Fake Book & Real Book: My Music Bible’ album.

Zakes Bantwini is head of artists and repertoire at Sony Music Africa. He says that musicians have to realise that no one owes them anything and they need to take responsibility for their career choices.

The artists and repertoire department is at the core of any record company. The role of A&R is to develop content or recording for the record company.