Tue. Oct. 19, 2021

Zakes Bantwini – Wasting My Time (Original Mix)

Classics: Zakes Bantwini – Wasting My Time (Black Coffee Original Mix) (Soulistic Music)

“You said you love me (love me), you were lying (lying). You wasting my (time). Stop wasting my (time)…”

One of the most influential producers in South Africa, Black Coffee manages to turn everything he touches into gold…
Here we have another brilliant illustration. And this with his original mix of the double-bass led ‘Wasting My Time’. A track which he initially released on his own label – Soulistic Music – back in April 2011 as a matter of fact.

Takin’ the centerstage, Zakes Bantwini. A singer whom Black Coffee had previously worked with a few months earlier on the memorable ‘Juju’. And what a(nother) one of a kind performance he delivers, with its bittersweet lyrics speakin’ for themselves.

‘Wasting My Time’… A cut which Franck Roger then licensed on his Real Tone label. But also BBE with a rework courtesy of Joe Claussell

Zakes Bantwini (born Zakhele Madida) is a South African musician, record producer and record executive. He’s the one who got Durban Kwaito star, L’vovo Derrango to the forefront. Meanwhile as an artist on his own, he gained further acclaim for his collaboration with Black Coffee in the hit song ‘Juju’. Then with the release of his albums…

Zakes Bantwini went to Shayamoya Junior Primary School in KwaMashu township. He later attended Nqabakazulu High School. Then he obtained a National Certificate in Light Music. This at Technikon Natal, today’s Durban University of Technology (DUT).

Zakes Bantwini studied Jazz and Music Performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. He also studied a Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) at Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.

Bantwini released his debut-album – ‘Love, Light and Music Song’ – back in 2010. A critical success, it featured hit songs such as ‘Bum Bum’ and ‘Clap Your Hands’. But also ‘Wasting My Time’. An album which got him to earn 4 nominations the year after at the SAMAs (*).

On June 16, 2012 Zakes Bantwini recorded his live DVD, ‘Upfront With Zakes Bantwini At The Soweto Theatre’, in Johannesburg. An integrated-14-camera team recorded the live session. It featured a 13-piece band, dancers and multiple guest performers.

He then dropped his second studio album, ‘The Fake Book and Real Book: My Music Bible, in 2013. It received a nomination the year after in the ‘Best Dance Album category at the 20th edition of the SAMA (*).

Zakes Bantwini stands among those who inspired and introduced Durban Kwaito Music (DKM). A concept one could describe as a mixture of House beats and Kwaito lyrics.

As a matter of fact, it is interesting to see how many critics have referred to it as a genre. Although the music of artists doin’ DKM is still viewed and described as Kwaito…

(* South African Music Awards)

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