Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini has shared a powerful message with Zizi Kodwa. Image Instagram @zakesbantwini

Grammy winner Zakes Bantwini gets a hero’s welcome [watch]

Zakes Bantwini flew the flag high for SA when he won a Grammy Award in the US. A special welcome waited for him when he arrived in Durban.

Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini has shared a powerful message with Zizi Kodwa. Image Instagram @zakesbantwini

Grammy Award winner Zakhele Madida, popularly as Zakes Bantwini, finally arrived back in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) yesterday, 16 February, after bagging a Grammy Award in Los Angeles with Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman on their collaboration for the song titled Bayethe; he was received with a warm welcome by locals at King Shaka International Airport.


Zakes Bantwini was to set foot in his hometown for the first time since winning the award, Daily Sun reported.

Other KZN-born musicians such as Zakwe, DJ Sox, and Tzozo were also reportedly to have waited to welcome the star at the airport.

Upon his arrival, Zakes Bantwini was quoted as saying,

“You can travel the world, but you need to come home. I was doing my work, and I was not doing it for a hero’s welcome, but I am happy to get it.”

The Clap Your Hands hitmaker reportedly said that he wants a big celebration to be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The award-winning musician reportedly shared that his name is still being put up on the award, and he plans to host a huge celebration at the stadium afterwards.

Zakes Bantwini urges eThekwini Municipality to be more involved with artists and sponsor them, reportedly saying,

“We promote Durban wherever we go.”

The Ghetto King hitmaker hoped Zikode would also get the same welcome when she arrives on 23 February.

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Zakes Bantwini
Zakes Bantwini Image via Twitter @ZakesBantwiniSA


Previously reported by The South African, the Osamo hitmaker announced he would retire as a recording artist by the end of this year. Zakes Bantwini plans to release one last album and call it quits.

“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,” the musician added.

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