Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini reportedly charges R250 000 per performance Image via Instagram @zakesbantwini

Grammy winner Zakes Bantwini: Net worth, booking fee and more

Zakes Bantwini is officially a Grammy Award winner. From Kwamashu Township to flying the SA flag high in the US, find out his net worth here

Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini reportedly charges R250 000 per performance Image via Instagram @zakesbantwini

South African musician Zakes Bantwini has amassed between R88 million to R140 million net worth. He recently flew the Mzansi flag high when he won Best Global Music Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5. Here’s a look at the comedian’s career and net worth.


Zakes Bantwini
Zakes Bantwini announced he would retire from performing in 2023. Image Instagram @zakesbantwini


  • Name: Zakhele Madida
  • Stage name: Zakes Bantwini
  • Date of birth: 26 May 1981
  • Birthplace: F-Section of Kwamashu Township in Kwazulu-Natal
  • Education: Shayamoya Junior Primary School and Nqabakazulu High School.
  • Nationality: South African
  • Marital status: Married to actress, model and TV presenter Nandi Madida
  • Children: According to Briefly, Zakes Bantwini has five kids from three different women
  • Occupation: A renowned record producer, record executive, and musician
  • Net worth: Several sources reported Zakes Bantwini’s net worth is between R88 million to R140 million


  • Love, Light and Music was released in 2013           
  • Again, in 2013, he dropped The Fake Book & Real Book: My Music Bible
  • In 2017, the Clap Your Hands hitmaker released Love, Light & Music 2
  • Zakes Bantwini dropped Ghetto King in 2021


Zalebs reported that Zakes Bantwini had his first child at 14 but never let that slow him down. He graduated with a national certificate in Light Music at Natal Technikon, which now goes by the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

He reportedly furthered his education and graduated from the university with a Diploma in Jazz and Music Performance.

Since launching his music career, Zakes Bantwini has collaborated with a number of respectable musicians in the industry, like Black Coffee, Amanda Black, Nomcebo Zikode, and several others.

The Bayethe hitmaker’s work has not only won him prestigious awards, including winning Best Global Music Performance at the Grammy’s, but it’s also reported that he charges a whooping R250 000 to perform in South Africa- excluding transport and accommodation.

Previously reported by The South African, the award-winning musician announced he would retire after releasing his last album this year.

He said,

“I don’t want to say I’m retiring from music, but this is my last album that I’m working on under this brand. It’s over for Zakes Bantwini.

“But Zakhele Madida is still going to produce music for other people, and you know what they say…you should quit while you are still on top.”


According to Slikouronlife, Zakes Bantwini lost his mother to cancer in 2007. He reportedly has been vocal about the importance of raising awareness for cancer.

He founded the initiative 1Goal4Cancer to raise awareness for the disease.

Kaya FM reported the Abangcwele hitmaker did an interview with Bridget Masinga in 2016 talking about the cancer initiative.

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