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The famed hit song ‘Osama’ wins big at the SAMA28

More than a decade later, Zakes Bantwini is finally recognized by the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) for his incredible work scooping two awards over the weekend for his hit song Osama.

Zakhele Madida professionally known as Zakes Bantwini has had a successful career in the arts and has contributed significantly in the music industry. The 42 year old House legend record producer and businessman’s career took off in 2011 with his then hit song ‘Clap your hands’ featuring Xolani Sithole.

Last year September, Zakes released the hit song Osama and the song peaked number one on Radio Monitor Charts spending 10 weeks on the charts. Later that year, Bantwini’s success saw the Osama hit song featuring Kasango being headlined to Miss South Africa 2021.

Despite all this success and leading with seven nominations Bantwini only managed to scoop the Samro Highest Radio Airplay Composer and the Best Collaboration award in this year’s SAMA28 awards ceremony, which was held over two nights, 27 and 28 August at Sun City.

The artist stated, “Winning an award means a lot to me but more for the people who worked and contributed to the projects I’ve done throughout my career. It ultimately means we are finally being recognised for our hard work.”

According to SowetanLive, he also encouraged those who did not win this year to not give up and that not receiving awards does not diminish an artist’s impact in the industry.

In August 2022, Bantwini announced his upcoming studio album Abantu which is set to be released on November 2022.

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