I Realised She Was My Wife When We Met – Zakes Bantwini on Nandi Madida


DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 04: Nandi Ngoma and Zakes Bantwini attends the 22nd annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs) at the Durban International Convention Centre on June 04, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. The SAMAs are the Recording Industry of South Africa’s music industry awards, established in 1995. (Photo by Gallo Images / Frennie Shivambu)

Zakes Bantwini has revealed that he knew Zandi was his wife the moment they met at  the SAMA nominations party few years ago.

He told TshisaLive, “She is amazing and we just connected from the moment we met. I know that she wanted to work with me even before we had met. I got a call from (Nandi’s record label) Universal Music asking if I would work with her but at the time they could not afford me. But it was at the SAMA nominations party (that we met) that I realised she was my wife.

“When she said that she loved my music I told her: ‘I love you’. I kind of overwhelmed her. It was love at first sight, for me. I told her that I was waiting for her to be ready but I wanted to just do it,”

He also spoke on the pressures of being celebrity couples. He said, “It hasn’t been easy because as a public figure people want to know what is going on with you. Some celebs give in and people think that we are all the same and will talk, but we didn’t want that. Suddenly you become Zakes Bantwini, Nandi’s husband and the line become blurred,”

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