‘Musicians are really not respected in our country’ – Zakes Bantwini, musician

Durban based artist and music producer Zakes Bantwini is best known for tracks like ‘Clap Your Hands’ and ‘Wasting My Time’. He is also known as the man who was responsible for discovering Kwaito sensation L'vovo Derrango.

In an interview with #WeekendBreakfast host Phemelo Motene, Bantwini highlighted the role education played in his life, and shared his views on the music industry in South Africa.

People like to say that they are musicians, but they also say that they have something to fall back on says Bantwini. I’ve never heard a lawyer say that they have something to fall back on he adds.

Bantwini says that we have people who are part of the industry but don’t trust that they’ll make it in the industry.

I don’t have anything to fall back on, music has to work! I studied music, I have a qualification in music, so music has to work.

Zakes Bantwini, award-winning musician

Bantwini says that he tells a lot of people that he’s not the same as other musicians. People who don’t like going to school make it seem like not going to school is cool says Bantwini. He adds that you need school to learn and obtain human capital.

Going to school doesn’t only give you a degree, going to school gives you human capital.

Zakes Bantwini, award-winning musician

Zakes Bantwini is an award-winning artist with multiple albums under his belt. He’s scooped awards like the Best Male Award at the 10th METRO Music Awards and in 2011, he won the category for the Most Gifted Video of the Year Artist at the Channel O Awards in 2011.

[PART ONE] Click on the link below to hear Zake’s comments on the music industry and job creation…

[PART TWO] Click on the link below to hear Zake’s comments about corruption in the country…


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