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South Africa’s Music Act, Zakes Bantwini is Retiring

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Zakes Bantwini

Multi-award-winning DJ, musician, producer and businessman Zakhele Madida, better known as Zakes Bantwini, is hanging up the mic.

“I don’t want to call it retirement, really,” he said in an interview with eNCA’s Heidi Giokos. “I don’t think that I’ll ever stop making music for other people.”

In the interview, Madida spoke candidly about the album he was working on being his last and his plans beyond music.

“This is the last album, so I’m just going to do everything that I have wanted to do, and I want to do it big; I want to work with everybody that I have wanted to work with, and I want to do every venue I wanted to do,” he told Giokos. “I want to do big things in the music industry, and that’s it.”

He said the “big things” would start in November when he started with his planned performances across the country.

“One province, one performance, then I’m done,” the multi-platinum selling artist said. “I will miss performing every day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, you know. I think I’ll miss that, but I think it’s time.”

“They say you should quit while you are still on top, and I’d like to do that.”

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: 

He added that he had been in the industry for a long time and had been working since he finished school.

“I feel like, after school, I’ve been working, I’ve always had an obligation, and I think it’s the time right now.”

Madida added that after completing his album and touring the country, he would shift his focus to other things.

“I’m finishing my qualification at Harvard, which will be next year June, and I’m concentrating on family; I’m also doing a lot of business,” he said. “We want to be one of the biggest agencies in Africa.”

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