Zakes Bantwini honoured at #SAMA29 with “International Achievement Award”

  • Zakes Bantwini honoured at #SAMA29 with “International Achievement Award”
  • Zakes Bantwini solidifies himself as a contemporary icon with latest accolade – #SAMA29 “International Achievement Award”

Johannesburg, Wednesday, 22 November 2023 – With a career spanning over seven culture-defining albums, Zakes Bantwini, the polymathic South African musician, record label owner, businessman, and platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and producer, has reached a new pinnacle. His outstanding contributions to the music industry have solidified him as a contemporary icon and earned him the prestigious South African Music Awards (SAMA) “International Achievement” accolade.

The recognition comes on the heels of Zakes Bantwini’s collaboration with Wouter Kellerman and Nomcebo Zikode on the chart-topping and Grammy-winning track “Bayethe.” This powerful song, meaning ‘Hail’ in isiZulu, is a poignant anthem for the global challenges humanity faces. “Bayethe” has garnered critical acclaim and clinched the Best Global Performance at the 2023 Grammy Awards for its sonically captivating and socially impactful prowess.

Zakes Bantwini’s illustrious career is further underscored by a string of prestigious awards, including the SAMA for SAMRO Highest Airplay Composers and Best Collaboration for “Osama,”  the Metro FM Awards Best Male Award, Channel O Awards Video of the Year, and the GQ Musician of the Year Award.

In addition to his musical achievements, Zakes Bantwini has expanded his influence with entrepreneurial pursuits, exemplified by the successful launch of the ‘Abantu Concert,’ marking a significant milestone, bringing together music enthusiasts from all walks of life to celebrate the richness of South African musical heritage, at the iconic DHL Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, in October.

Reflecting on this significant achievement, Zakes Bantwini shares: “Receiving the ‘International Achievement’ award from the SAMAS is an incredible honour and a testament to the power of music to connect people across borders. ‘Bayethe’ was a labour of love, and to see it connect with people worldwide is truly humbling. I am grateful for the recognition and for the opportunity to contribute to the global conversation through my music.”

As Zakes Bantwini stands tall amid his myriad of accomplishments, the “International Achievement Award” recognition from the SAMA committee serves as a well-deserved acknowledgement that positions him as a true contemporary icon in the modern sphere of musical excellence.

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Tanqueray and MaXhosa Unveil Unique Collaboration: The Reimagined COPA Glass

Johannesburg, 3 November 2023: In a thrilling fusion of South African craftsmanship and iconic design, Tanqueray proudly announces its collaboration with Laduma Ngxokolo – the acclaimed founder and Creative Director of fashion house, MaXhosa. This innovative partnership sees the reimagining of the beloved COPA glass, a symbol of nostalgia for South African gin lovers, blending tradition with contemporary flair.

Laduma Ngxokolo, known for his avant-garde approach to fashion, brings his distinctive touch to the design landscape through the lens of the COPA glass. Drawing inspiration from the rich tapestry of South African culture, Ngxokolo seamlessly weaves elements of tradition into a modern masterpiece that encapsulates the spirit of celebration. The globally renowned designer will be designing two iterations of the Tanqueray COPA.

The COPA glass, originally a vessel for toasting achievements and special events, now transforms into a work of art that transcends hosting as a style signature. Ngxokolo’s artistic vision breathes new life into this cherished symbol, making it a must-have for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The partnership doesn’t stop at the glass; it extends to a broader vision of home décor for the MaXhosa brand; hence the natural partnership with Tanqueray. As the boundaries between fashion and interior design blur, leading fashion brands are embracing the world of home aesthetics. Ngxokolo’s foray into redefining the COPA glass reflects this trend, showcasing how fashion can seamlessly pivot to enhance the ambiance of our homes. “I found immense inspiration in collaborating with Tanqueray to design the Copa Glass. Weaving the artistry of our identity into the elegance of glassware has been a creative journey that beautifully marries craftsmanship and innovation, making every sip an exquisite experience”, Laduma expresses.

The Tanqueray x MaXhosa COPA glass will be available at all major retailers, nationwide from the 22nd of November when you purchase any two Tanqueray’s, just in time for the festive season. The limited edition pieces will undoubtedly become a centrepiece for gatherings, a conversation starter, and a unique expression of style and culture inside your home.

“Collaborating with Laduma on this project has been an exhilarating experience. It’s about more than just a glass; it’s about creating an object that holds cultural significance and brings people together. We wanted to infuse the spirit of MaXhosa into a piece that can be cherished in moments of celebration,” says Khanyisa Ntshuntshe, Senior Brand Manager at Diageo.

The launch event promises to be a celebration of South African artistry and culture, with tastemakers, consumers, and cultural connoisseurs coming together to toast to this ground-breaking collaboration. The event will feature an immersive experience that showcases the journey of the COPA glass from its origins to its contemporary reinvention.

Tanqueray and MaXhosa invite you to join them in raising a glass to innovation, culture, and the spirit of collaboration. As we usher in a new era of design, the reimagined COPA glass stands as a testament to the power of creativity and the enduring connection between tradition and modernity.

IMACSOUL Unleashes His Musical Magic with “USHUNI WAM” – A Captivating New Single Set to Mesmerize Audiences Worldwide


Johannesburg 27 October 2023– IMACSOUL, the dynamic and highly acclaimed New-Age Maskandi artist, is back with a mesmerizing musical creation titled USHUNI WAM is bound to take the world by storm. The Nongoma based singer songwriter has once again pushed the boundaries of New-age Maskandi music.

“USHUNI WAM” is more than just a song; it’s a sonic journey that showcases IMACSOUL’s extraordinary talent and his unique ability to blend different musical elements seamlessly. With an unmistakable fusion of genres and a distinctive sound that defies categorization.

IMACSOUL’s journey in the music industry has been marked by innovation and a constant drive to create something that stands out in a sea of mediocrity. “USHUNI WAM” is yet another testament to his commitment to originality and artistic expression. The single is a bold step forward in his musical evolution, and it promises to connect with a wide and diverse audience.

Join Imacsoul on an unforgettable musical journey through the heart of the African music scene. In his smash hit single, ‘The Dove of Africa,’ Imacsoul weaves a heartfelt tale of his adventures in the music industry. With his electrifying guitar, he pays a vibrant homage to Kwa-Nongoma, creating a fusion of sounds that’s both soulful and electrifying. Get ready to dance from dusk till dawn as ‘The Dove of Africa’ takes you on a festive, rhythm-infused ride you won’t want to miss. Immerse yourself in the beats and melodies of this chart-topping sensation and let the music carry you away.

Listeners can expect to be transported into an ethereal realm where every note, beat, and lyric paints a vivid picture. “USHSUNI” weaves a musical tapestry that resonates with emotion and captures the essence of life’s rich and diverse experiences. The song’s evocative lyrics and haunting melodies will leave a lasting imprint on the hearts of all who hear it.


Here are some comments on Ushini Wam

Nkosenhle Thusi


Somlaba KaNzobo II

Asambe Juba lakwethu

Thabatha Mngomezulu  

Khuphuuuka lapho nkabyam


All the best nkabi 


Ngafika bebaningi ngadlala ushun wami

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Relebogile Mabotja receives two Radio Award nods, testament to the power of radio and community

Johannesburg, Friday, 6 October 2023 – Multi-hyphenated, multi-award-winning media personality and businesswoman, Relebogile Mabotja receives two Radio Award nominations off the back of winning a South African Film & Television Award (SAFTA) this past weekend.  Revealed yesterday, Relebogile Mabotja’s Radio Award nods were received in two categories, namely: Promotions Stunt / event (Combined) and Community Project both for the story“David Sejobe cycling to Venda”.  The story of “David Sejobe cycling to Venda” that came alive on 702 Afternoons with Relebogile Mabotja is testament to the true power of radio and community. 
 Sejobe cycles from Orange Farm to Randburg daily when going to work in honour of his father, who inspired him to cycle when he was diagnosed with diabetes and asthma.Sharing his intention to cycle from Randburg to Venda for his father’s tombstone unveiling, the 702 community and relevant brand stakeholders came together to make this possible. Read the full story here:
“This is honestly one of my favourite moments in radio to date. Being able to do this!!! David Sejobe is a phenomenal man who is so inspirational,” expresses Relebogile Mabotja.  “This story speaks to all my core values of wanting to do purposeful work in all avenues that I’m involved in, and shows that the power of radio is still very much alive. What started off as a call from a listener turned into a life changing event for someone who brings so much joy to his community. This is why I get up every day and do what I do. It’s for moments like this. To get two Radio Award nominations for it is just the cherry on top,” adds Relebogile Mabotja.  A previous Radio Award winner (2020) in the category Commercial News Bulletin Reader for station Metro FM,make sure to follow Relebogile Mabotja on social media for more on this year’s awards and tune into 702 Afternoons with Relebogile Mabotja every week day from 1pm to 3pm for inspirational stories and award-winning radio moments.
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Twitter: @RelebogileM
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The National Football League will touch down in Cape Town this September with a weekend of NFL fan events to celebrate the kickoff of the 2023 season.
The NFL will hold a series of fan events on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 September, as part of the NFL Africa program – a long-term, multi-market, commitment to growing the game at every level across the continent. 

The ‘NFL Experience: Cape Town’, an immersive American Football event for fans in South Africa, will take place on Saturday, 16 September at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

The event will give local fans the full NFL experience, from testing their skills through interactive NFL football and NFL Flag activities, to learning more about the history of the League. Fans will also be able to sample American cuisine and will have the opportunity to check out authentic NFL merchandise, in an American football takeover.

The iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy will be on display alongside NFL memorabilia, as well as activations featuring Madden NFL 24, Pro Era, Wilson footballs, authentic player jerseys from Mitchell & Ness and apparel from Kingdom & Co.

An NFL Viewing Party, in collaboration with ESPN Africa, will take place on Sunday, 17 September, at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre to close off the weekend. The event, beginning at 17.00, will fuse together live entertainment from NFL Legends and local South African personalities with a live viewing of a game from week two of the NFL season. Fans in attendance will also have the chance to play games and win various prizes and exciting giveaways.

Fans will be joined by Osi Umenyiora, the former New York Giants defensive end and two-time Super Bowl winner, leading the NFL’s expansion efforts in Africa. He will be joined by South Africa’s own NFL Legend Gary Anderson – who played in the NFL for 23 seasons – in addition to NFL veteran Kenny Stills.

 “It will be exciting to see the NFL in South Africa this September, in what promises to be a brilliant showcase of American Football in Cape Town for fans to enjoy,” said Umenyiora“We’re thrilled to bring the game closer to South African fans and build excitement for the NFL throughout the country. Fans – get ready, this is just the beginning! The NFL will see you in September.”  

 “I’m proud to welcome the NFL to South Africa for the first time,” said Anderson. “I look forward to seeing fans in South Africa enjoy the ‘NFL Experience: Cape Town’ for themselves, and I can’t wait to join them in the stunning city of Cape Town to help grow fandom in my home country.”

Fans can sign up for tickets, free of charge, to attend the ‘NFL Experience: Cape Town’ by visiting

Fans can also register for tickets onsite on the day of the event. 

Tickets are not required for the NFL Viewing Party.   

‘NFL Experience: Cape Town’ 
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre  
Date: Saturday 16 September 
Time: 11.00 – 18.00   
Tickets: Free of charge.
Sign up for tickets in advance here: Tickets available on the day. 
‘NFL Viewing Party’ 
Location: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre  
Date: Sunday 17 September  
Time: Starts 17.00
Tickets: No tickets required.
For more information, visit  

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Bongeziwe Mabandla releases cinematic film for “Umntwana Ongaphakathi” (The Child Inside)

Johannesburg, Monday, 14 August 2023 – In “Umntwana Ongaphakathi” (The Child Inside), we immerse ourselves in a tale of self-discovery and healing, chronicling the poignant journey of the lead character, Khumbula (played by Bongeziwe himself). Set within the raw confines of a derelict home and a murky tavern, our narrative unearths the tumultuous relationship between Khumbula and the tangible representation of his inner child.

Echoing a psychotherapeutic exercise that promotes healing through dialogue with one’s inner child, this narrative emerged in the wake of Bongeziwe’s haunting track “Soze” off of his latest album “amaXesha”. Here, love transcends time, and invites an introspective exploration of self-love.

In this cinematic landscape, Khumbula grapples with his relentless past, spiralling into a whirlpool of self-destruction, his inner child a constant apparition.Their bond, conveyed through the raw embodiment of pain, showcases an emotional mirroring between Khumbula and his younger self. Their dance of conflict and reconciliation takes us through their shared darkest recesses, ultimately leading to a cathartic confrontation that serves as a painful reckoning.

This culmination ushers in a transformative phase of acceptance and forgiveness, setting Khumbula and his inner child on the rocky path to healing, all under the melodic serenade of maternal love.This narrative, while specific in its portrayal, resonates universally, speaking to the struggle of reconciling with our past and seeking redemption.
This collaboration was a journey spanning several months, a commitment by Bongeziwe, the writer and director Zee Ntuli, and their team to realise this emotionally resonant narrative.The process required a personal introspection from everyone involved, culminating in a film that is emotively raw and brimming with intricate technicality.This depth of feeling is enhanced by the technical facets of filmmaking, emphasising symbolism and emotional impact.

Bongeziwe Mabandla, the creative force behind “Soze”, steps into Khumbula’s shoes, showcasing his versatility as a musician and actor. His album, “amaXesha”, a meditation on memory, finds its echoes in our film as we delve into the relationship with our past.
“Umntwana Ongaphakathi” is an artistic manifestation of Zee Ntuli’s core belief: the pursuit of beauty within the abyss of darkness, a poetic excavation of our pains and fears to find the dormant beauty within. It’s an invitation to an introspective journey, one that we hope will resonate with audiences on a deeply personal level.


You taught me what love is
No one will ever know what you did for me When I fall
You raise me up
You say to me you are my hope
Time is passing now
I delight in knowing it is passing with me and you Things come and go
The earth hides all people
I will never ever forget youI will never ever forget you
Before the sun goes down
I have to give gratitude to God for you
Time is passing, nowBut I delight in knowing it is passing with me and you Even when I am no longer in this worldWhen I have crossed over to the other sideThis love will never end
It is eternal
I will never ever forget you I will never ever forget you

 Connect with Bongeziwe Mabandla: Facebook: @BongeziweMabandlaOfficial
Twitter: @Bongeziwe
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