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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Get ready to mark your calendars for an extraordinary celebration of music, art, and culture at the Hey Neighbour Festival, as it teams up with Heineken®, the headline partner of the event. This dynamic collaboration promises an unforgettable experience that perfectly embodies the festival’s spirit of turning strangers into neighbours.

Heineken®, celebrating its 150th birthday, has chosen to share the festivities with all music, art, and culture enthusiasts. The brand’s mission to spark connections and break down barriers aligns seamlessly with Hey Neighbour’s ethos, making this partnership a true synergy.

To spread the joy of the festive season, Heineken® is taking Hey Neighbour Festival across Africa through a continentwide campaign. This exciting expansion will make Hey Neighbour a household name in ten African markets, including Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, among others. The goal is to place Hey Neighbour on the same level as iconic international festivals like Coachella.


“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Heineken® on board as our presenting partner,” says Warren Le Grange, Hey Neighbour Festival Director. “This partnership is all about celebrating good times and unity, which aligns perfectly with the spirit of Hey Neighbour.”

Heineken®’s commitment to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and sustainability through good times resonates deeply with Hey Neighbour’s values. This partnership represents a shared commitment to fostering a global community that values music, art, and culture.

Marcel Swain, Heineken® Marketing Manager at HEINEKEN Beverages, expresses, “Celebrating 150 years with a festival of this magnitude only seems fitting in the spirit of Mzansi. We are elevating the celebrations with this partnership by allowing everyone to enjoy good times with Heineken®, one way or another.”

But that’s not all, Neighbours! The third and final phase of the festival’s lineup is about to be unveiled, featuring a spectacular blend of South African legends, international sensations, and the hottest current exports. Brace yourselves for the music extravaganza of a lifetime!

Joining the already electric lineup are international hitmaker REMA, legendary South African acts Mafikizolo, Prime Circle, Zakes Bantwini, Black Motion, and Desmond and the Tutus. These iconic performers are sure to bring the house down.

Get Ready for Fresh Vibes and Festival Thrills: AXE South Africa Teams Up with Hey Neighbour Festival for an Unforgettable Experience

But wait, there’s more! For all the hip-hop heads out there, BLXCKIE, Youngsta CPT, A-REECE, Real Dan Duminy, and Uncle Partytime will be serving up some fierce beats. Representing the global Amapiano phenomenon, you can look forward to TXC, Daliwonga, Young Stunna, Tyler ICU, and Major League.

UK rock superstars Nothing But Thieves are also set to grace the Hey Neighbour stage, alongside local alternative acts like Majozi, Jeremy Loops, Monark, Max Hurrell, and the Plastics.

The Hey Neighbour Festival has also gained incredible brand partners, including Netflix, Axe, KitKat, Coke Studio, and Play, adding even more excitement to the mix.

So, Neighbours, make sure to mark your calendars and get ready for a musical journey of a lifetime at Hey Neighbour Festival!


DATE:             8-10 December 2023
VENUE:          Legends Adventure Farm, Pretoria
TIMES:            Gates open at noon, and close at midnight
TICKETS:        Phase 3 Tickets available now! (Only for the 18 and above crew)

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A Feast of Culinary Delights and a Killer DJ Line-Up to Take Centre Stage

Johannesburg, 30 August 2023: More food vendors, shorter queues, food trucks galore and a smorgasbord of fresh, bold flavours from around the world – that’s what awaits visitors at the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival Powered by LottoStar, which will be tickling taste buds and tantalising palates over the weekend of 23 and 24 September 2023.

 Plus, the Channel O Drip Stage line-up for the two days has been revealed – and the red-hot array of local DJs and performers, with a strong female focus, will get the party pumping with their infectious amapiano, hip-hop and house grooves!  On Saturday 23 September, hitting the decks throughout the afternoon and into the night with their anthemic tracks and powerful mixes are Scorpion Kings, Myztro, Daliwonga, Stunna, Yahoo, Dbn Gogo, DJ Mdu and LeeArt.   On Sunday 24 September, leading DJing lights Venom, Nobantu, Kelvin Momo, Toss, DJ Zinhle, Murumba Pitch, Tyler ICU and Kwesta will be delivering the hottest dancefloor hits of the moment. Remember – Monday is a public holiday, so you have our full permission to dance the night away!   In addition to a scorching music line-up that will get the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit pumping in celebration of Heritage Day, the centrepiece of the festival remains its scrumptious food offering on the Proudly South African Delicious Mile. For the festival’s 10th anniversary outing, the organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure an around-the-world taste adventure to remember.  

  One of the local foodie “stars” taking centre stage will be The Gourmet Shrine, the winner of the 2022 Soweto Kota Festival, with self-taught cook Vusi Mkhabela serving up mouthwatering gourmet kotas packed with fresh, wholesome ingredients fit for a king or queen.     For a lip-smacking alternative, Sumting Fresh will once again be serving up its legendary fried chicken – and, for a spicier alternative, Joburg’s iconic Poppy’s peri-peri chicken is another “hot” highlight not to be missed!     “We have a cosmopolitan feast of flavours lined up, but since it’s the Heritage Day weekend we are keeping the essence of our food offering quintessentially and deliciously South African,” says Funeka Pepetta, Media Director of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival.    Yearning for something hot and spicy? Take a taste journey to South America with chimichanga, assado and chimichurri sauce – your tastebuds will thank you!     Over and above the Korean, Japanese, Asian and Argentinian cuisine on offer, foodies can expect a parade of their favourites from previous festivals – from Wing Republic and Kota King to Dunky Donuts and Mexican street-food tacos from Mocharitos.     They join a vast array of food trucks (such as the LuviesFood truck with its Asian-inspired dishes such as bao buns) and vendors serving up freshly made pizzas, biltong and even dombolo (dumpling) burgers, courtesy of Why Cook.    And of course, any Heritage Weekend festival isn’t the same without the distinctive aromas and flavours that remind us just what makes South Africa so lekker – shisanyama and braaivleis! Come and enjoy the springtime weather and tuck into a juicy sosatie or a sizzling steak and get into the long-weekend vibe.    If meat is not for you, sample some vegan and pescetarian specialties, courtesy of Exotically Divine (for incredible fusion vegan African cuisine), The Prawnery and The Trout Palace. This expanded seafood offering is a new addition to the festival and is set to become a firm fishy favourite among visitors!     Wash it all down with a beverage of your choice, including the divine Yamama Gemmer home-made non-alcoholic ginger beer and the latest dreamy summertime favourite – bubble tea (or boba), the trend that’s on everyone’s lips. You’ll find this and more at the Proudly South African Village, where our very own #BuyLocal advocacy organisation will be hosting traders selling their irresistible homegrown, homemade delicacies.      Furthermore, for 50 young informal traders this will be their first hands-on experience of a large food festival – they are this year’s intake of the newly launched Delicious Festival Trader Academy powered by FoodBev Seta. The traders are at the start of their 5-month programme upskilling them with the necessary knowledge to successfully operate their own businesses in more formal and competitive environments.    Allow your senses to take flight and soar this Heritage Day weekend with a fusion of local flavours and global cuisine, perfectly complemented by a top-flight music line-up. Come and take a bite out of summer and revel in the things that make us proudly and joyfully South African this Heritage Day weekend – our awesome food, music, fashion and people!    Main stage talent on the bill includes Maxwell, Tems, Robert Glasper, Joyous Celebration, Arrested Development, Zakes Bantwini, Shalamar, Incognito, Oskido, Ringo Madlingozi, Oscar Mbo, Mörda, Karyendasoul, DJ Kent, Christos and Lamiez Holworthy.     The 10th annual DStv Delicious Festival is brought to you by DStv in association with LottoStar as well as Mercedes-Benz, Sasol, Drip, Windhoek Beer, Flight Centre, Proudly South African, Coca-Cola, Gauteng Tourism Authority, FoodBev SETA, CATHSSETA and Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, in proud association with Primedia Broadcasting radio stations 947 and 702. Thank you to our partners for making our 10th anniversary celebration one to remember!    General admission tickets are R950, while DStv Rewards members get 25% discount on their Delicious Tickets. Visit Rewards on or the MyDStv App and look out for this LIMITED offer, only available to active DStv Rewards members. Or treat yourself to Delicious Terrace Lounge tickets at R3 600 or Zuri Luxury Suite tickets at R7 300 per person. Visit to secure your tickets.     
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