Zakes Bantwini, the renowned South African musician, set the stage for a spectacular birthday celebration at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The theme of the night was black tie, and guests spared no expense in their elegant attire, creating a dazzling atmosphere for the crème de la crème of the music industry.
Notable figures such as Nomcebo Zikode, T-Bo Touch, Nomalanga Shozi, Shekinah, and Don Design, among many others, graced the occasion, demonstrating the close-knit bonds within the industry.
Mercedes-Benz took the opportunity to honor the Grammy Award winner by gifting him a brand-new set of wheels, symbolizing his journey of success and longevity.
Amidst the well-wishes and heartfelt congratulations, Zakes shared his desire for the South African music industry to flourish.
Directly addressing the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, who was in attendance, Zakes expressed the frustrations of artists and creatives in the country.
“We are looking up to you. We want to drive this country forward,” he passionately stated, emphasizing the need for guidance and support to address the industry’s challenges.
Recognizing the power of sports, arts, and culture in fostering social change and unity, Zakes called for collective efforts to propel South Africa towards a brighter future.
Amidst the glitz and glamour of the event, Zakes made a significant announcement regarding his music career.
After six fruitful and enlightening years in the industry, he revealed plans for retirement following the release of his highly anticipated final album, “Abantu.”
The album carries a profound message of unity that transcends social barriers, promoting collaboration and inclusivity through the universal language of music.
As Zakes bids farewell to his career as a recording artist, he affirms his dedication to staying active in the music industry by assuming the role of a music executive within his label, Mayonie.
Additionally, he plans to explore new business ventures, further expanding his horizons.
In a recent statement from his label, Zakes officially confirmed the forthcoming release of his final studio album, “Abantu,” scheduled to hit the airwaves in November.
This album signifies the culmination of a remarkable journey for the artist, leaving a lasting imprint on the music scene.
Zakes Bantwini’s birthday extravaganza served as a testament to his remarkable achievements, as well as his unwavering dedication to uplifting the South African music industry.