Wed Apr 16 09:45:59 SAST 2014

Clapping his hands 'n shaking it up

Nov 12, 2012 | Somaya Stockenstroom |

HOUSE music tzar Zakes Bantwini of Baby Just Shake Your Bum Bum fame this week released his infectious and long awaited live DVD, Upfront With Zakes Bantwini.

The DVD was recorded at the newly opened Soweto Theatre on June 16 at an intimate concert experience.

It was shot with an integrated 14-camera team, 13-piece band, dancers, string section, styled VJ'ing and legendary guest artists, including Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Museeq IQ, Tumelo, Black Coffee and L'Vovo Derrango.

Bantwini is well loved as a performer and his house music hits Bum Bum and Love, Light and Music have earned him legions of fans.

But on this project, you will discover Bantwini's exceptionally broad creative pallet - drawing not only from his love for music and dance, but also from his passion for education, culture and having a vision.

Then there are the stylish outfits, emotional memories and theatrics that make him legendary.

"I wanted this to be more than just another live music DVD but rather an opportunity for my fans to join the journey with me and understand what I went through in putting together this show.

"It's me, it's real and it's raw - from the rehearsals in Durban to the string recordings in Joburg and the significance behind June 16.

"I really want this DVD to inspire my fans to keep on dreaming," he says.

Bantwini, who owns an independent record label and boasts a diploma in jazz and popular music, is also credited with contributing to establishing what is known today as Durban Kwaito Music (DKM) - a mixture of house beats and kwaito lyrics.

And, as an accomplished muso, he has also been selected as one of the seven choir masters in Mzansi Magic's brand new reality show, Clash of the Choirs South Africa.

He will be responsible for assembling a super-choir in the Gauteng region that will compete against choirs from other regions.

Auditions kicked off yesterday and individual singers as well as choirs whose members range from the ages of 18 to 35 years are invited to come to the Dance Factory in Newtown and show off their pitching and harmonising skills.

Auditions will continue today as well.

At the auditions, each performer or group of performers will be asked to sing a song of their choice a Capella and Bantwini will select the members of his new choir.

Choirs from seven regions will compete on a weekly basis, with presenter Bonang Matheba keeping tabs on their scores.

The winning choir will receive a R250000 prize to donate to a charity of their choice.

somaya@sundayworld.co.za; or Twitter @StixStreams

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