There’s no denying that South African DJ and producer Zakes Bantwini has had a memorable 2022 – and he has capped it off by relaunching his lifestyle venue called Studio.
Studio is located at the world-famous luxury Cape Town hotel, The Rockefeller. It caters to “an audience of over 23s that are upwardly mobile young professionals and revellers that enjoy well curated lifestyle experiences,” a statement from Zakes’ publicists said on Monday (5 December).
Zakes Bantwini’s Studio launch
Several high-profile guests attended the launch on Sunday (4 December), including Shekhinah, Nandi Madida, Khaya Dlanga and Barbielicious.
“Studio is a unique experiential destination venue that offers guests the freedom to connect and indulge however they choose, within the safety of The Rockefeller venue,” explained Sibo Mhlungu, who is Zakes Bantwini’s business partner and manager.
“Studio is the ideal destination for your entertainment needs, brand activations, private events, album launches, listening sessions and corporate events. There is secure parking available within the hotel’s footsteps and the venue also conveniently offers patrons the option to utilise hailing taxi companies.”
Besides the launch, Zakes was joined by Sun-El Musician and Shimza as he hosted Mayonie Summer Block Party at one of his other new venues, The Playground, Braamfontein over the weekend.
His business moves come several months after he announced that he was taking a break from music.
“This is not the end, but I feel I have to take a step back to focus on other aspects of my life and when you have fans that love what you do as much as you do, it’s important to share your journey with them,” he said at the time.
The supremely talented musician’s memorable year featured two South African Music Awards (SAMAs) in September and a Grammy award for Bayethe, his stellar collaboration with South African flautist and producer Wouter Kellerman and Jerusalema star Nomcebo Zikode.