Zakes Bantwini Mourns the Loss of His Father

A Heartbreaking Loss

Renowned South African musician Zakes Bantwini is grieving the unexpected loss of his father, Sihlangusihle Jeffrey Khanyile. The talented artist, known for hits like “Osama,” shared the heartbreaking news on Monday morning.

*The Passing of a Loved One*

His father passed away at the age of 65 on the evening of January 4th at his homestead in eNkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. The family is still reeling from the shock of his sudden departure.

*A Joint Statement*

Zakes and his wife, Nandi Madida, released a joint statement expressing their sorrow. “We are devastated by the loss of our father. We will miss his sense of humor, his resilience, and how he always made sure we follow our culture. He will be deeply missed for his kindness and loving nature.”

*Nandi’s Heartfelt Tribute*

Nandi added her own heartfelt words, thanking her father-in-law for welcoming her into the family and sharing her gratitude for the time they had together. “I am eternally grateful for the kindness you showed me as your daughter-in-law; you truly made me feel like your daughter in love. You had a wicked sense of humor that we will miss dearly; thank you for making me feel like family and welcoming me so warmly. You are with your creator now.”

*Condolences Pour In*

The family requests privacy during this challenging time. Sihlangusihle is survived by his wife and nine children. Condolences have poured in from fellow celebrities like DJ Tira, Thando Thabethe, and international DJ Diplo.

*A Touching Tribute*

Zakes shared a touching video of him and his father, capturing a moment of laughter and joy. This personal loss comes as Zakes achieves a significant professional milestone – his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Global Music Performance for the track “Bayethe.”

*A Celebration of Life*

As the family mourns the loss of their loved one, they also celebrate his life and legacy. Sihlangusihle may be gone, but his memory will live on through the impact he had on those around him.


Our thoughts are with the Bantwini family during this difficult time. May they find strength and comfort in the love and support that surrounds them.

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