The untimely passing of Zakes Bantwini’s father

Sihlangusihle Jeffrey Khanyile, father of Grammy nominated recording artist Zakes Bantwini (Zakhele Madida) died Wednesday night, January 4 around 9pm at his homestead eNkandla north of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He was 65 years old at the time of his untimely death. Mr Khanyile leaves behind his wife and nine children. 

“We are devastated by the loss of our father,” his children said in a joint statement. “We will miss his sense of humour, his resilience and how he always made sure we follow our culture. He will be deeply missed for his kindness and loving nature.”

Zakes’ wife, Nandi Madida, shared a tribute to her late father-in-law in a heartfelt Instagram post. “I am eternally grateful by the kindness you showed me as your daughter in law, you truly made me feel like your daughter in love. You had a wicked sense of humour that we will miss dearly, thank you for making me feel like family and welcoming me so warmly. You are with your creator now.”

The family asks for prayers and privacy during this difficult time.

 Zakes Bantwini is crowned GQ’s Musician of The Year

– ‘I’m filled with so much gratitude and joy at what my team and I have been able to achieve this year’

Zakes Bantwini’s winning streak has been a site to behold.  This weekend, the Grammy nominated DJ and music producer continued on this streak and added to his growing trophy cabinet when he was crowned Musician of the Year at GQ’s Men of the Year awards ceremony on Saturday evening. While Bantwini was unable to attend due to a prior commitment, his wife Nandi Madida claimed the award on his behalf.

“Thank you to GQ for recognising me as Musician of the Year,” says Bantwini. “It feels so special to have been able to achieve such a feat twenty years into my career. I’m filled with so much gratitude and joy at what my team and I have been able to achieve this year. Now we’re looking forward to the All Africa Music Awards and the Grammys next year. We aren’t done yet!”


Since “Osama” breathed new life into the veteran dance icon’s career towards the end of 2021, Bantwini has been gobbling up awards, touring the world and re-establishing himself as a force once again. Just three weeks ago he won the award for Best Viral Hit at the South African Social Media Awards (SASMAs). That comes after he won two South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for Highest Airplay and Best Collaboration in August. 

Sibo Mhlungu, Zakes’ manager and business partner adds: “GQ is an aspirational platform that’s known as a benchmark for quality and class. To be recognised on this platform is once again a reminder that we’re doing something right internally. Big shout out to our team at IMG Africa and everyone who’s been supporting us this year. We’re proud to be closing off the year so strongly and excited for what 2023 has in store.” 


The TxC duo conquer the world’s biggest stage alongside Lil Baby during FIFA World Cup™ festivities

The TxC DJs (Tarryn Reid and Clairise Hefke) proved once again that the ‘World Is Yours To Take’ on the Bud World Club stage in Doha last night alongside American rapper, Lil Baby. The pair blew the international crowd away with the electrifying sounds of SA’s biggest music breakthrough, Amapiano, and highly charged dance moves – Mzansi style.

As the official beer of the FIFA World Cup™, TxC has been invited by Budweiser to shine a spotlight on their barrier-breaking talent during FIFA World Cup™ events in Doha and Dubai.

“It was truly something else to look into the crowd and seeing people from every corner of the world dance to our set. It was truly special. We are so thankful for the opportunity to not only connect with so many different cultures, but to continue to seize our greatness and live our dreams,” said Tarryn and Clairise.

Today, the Amapiano duo will jet off to Dubai as headline artists of the BUDX FIFA Fan Fest, at the picturesque Dubai Harbour.

Check out their Instagram pages for more information:

TxC: @____.txc.____

Tarryn Reid: @tarryn.txc

Clairise Hefke: @clairise.txc

Zakes Bantwini speaks on historic Grammy nomination

— ‘We manifested this moment’

There’s little doubt that Zakes Bantwini is in his moment. Not only has the veteran dance DJ and producer been enjoying a career year off the back of his two mammoth hit singles, “Osama” and “Imali”, he’s also successfully launched his new company Independent Media Group Africa (IMG Africa) with business partner and manager Sibo Mhlungu.

Now, in the ultimate culmination of this success, Zakes recently earned his first Grammy Award nomination for “Bayethe”, his magnetic collaboration with Wouter Kellerman and Nomcebo Zikode. “I was having a lunch meeting with Sibo when he got the news that we’d been nominated for a Grammy,” he recalls. “I couldn’t believe it. It was just such a beautiful moment that we’ll never forget. We put the meeting on hold and immediately called for some champagne to celebrate.”

Looking back at the process behind making the song, Zakes recalls how they specifically set out to make a song that was worthy of Grammy consideration. “When we met up with Wouter and his manager, Tholsi, at Marble a few months ago, we specifically intended to create a song that could potentially win a Grammy. We manifested it and we were very intentional about that. By God’s grace it all just came together so beautifully. I’m so happy and proud that we were able to manifest such a special moment.” 

With awards season in full swing, Zakes has already bagged two South African Music Awards (Highest Airplay and Best Collaboration) and is primed for even more glory at the upcoming At All Africa Music Awards (Afrimas), which are widely regarded as the premiere award show on the continent. He’s nominated for several awards there, including the prestigious Artist of the Year gong. Sibo credits this success to hard work and a team effort. “We’re all super humbled by the success that’s come these past few months,” he says. “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that all the time, commitment and team effort we are putting into the music is being recognised at the highest level. We can’t wait to start 2023 on a high note.” 

Apart from the Grammy consideration, Zakes and the team are now looking forward to Zakes’ Mayonie Summer Block Party at The Playground, Braamfontein on Friday, which will see Zakes play host to the likes of Sun-El Musician and Shimza.




Johannesburg, South Africa – Following a successful ‘Indoor’ Cape Town tour last month, award winning musician J’Something this week confirmed the Durban leg of the tour has been moved to a bigger venue.
The exclusive ‘Indoor with J’Something’ experience kicked off in the mother city last month at The HCC Homecoming Centre. This first-of-its-kind tour featured J alongside his 3 piece band performing a full-length show. Upon announcement of tickets sales opening, the Durban tour sold out in just over 24 hours.
J and the team made the call to move to a bigger venue giving more fans the opportunity to experience the show. With that decision came a date shift to November.

“INDOOR is very close to my heart so I am truly overwhelmed by the support South Africa at large has given me thus far. We simply wanted to share the music with the world and really didn’t expect such incredible support. Following tons of queries and pleas from supporters across KZN to do an additional show, moving to a bigger venue just made the most sense. stated J’Something.

INDOOR is made possible with the support of Vodacom Red and Stella Artois.


Venue:          IZulu Theatre, 1 Sibaya Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, Durban 
Date:              Friday, 25th November 
Time:             Fri 7pm – 10pm (BOOK HERE)
Tickets:          Limited tickets available now via Computicket at R350

Venue:            Vodaworld, Johannesburg 
Date:               Friday, 02nd December – Saturday, 03rd December 2022 
Time:              Fri 6pm -11pm (BOOK HERE)
                       Sat 6pm – 11pm (BOOK HERE)
Tickets:           Limited tickets available now via Computicket at R350 (BOOK HERE


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