CELEB WATCH

Zakes Bantwini in­spires the youth

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Sello Mo­ra­pedi

HOUSE mu­sic vo­cal­ist and pro­ducer, Zakes Bantwini, has ex­pressed his con­cern about celebri­ties who down­play the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion. In a re­cent in­ter­view on Cliff Cen­tral, hosted by Gareth Cliff, Zakes slammed celebri­ties who are not set­ting a good ex­am­ple to the youth by not en­cour­ag­ing them to go to school.

BE­ING AN ED­U­CATED ARTIST

Zakes told lis­ten­ers about the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially for artists. “I’ve been in this in­dus­try for a very long time and it’s not be­cause I’m smart or be­cause I am very tal­ented, but it’s be­cause I went to school. I tell peo­ple that school helps you to think dif­fer­ently,” said Zakes dur­ing the show.

He says in South Africa, we have a ten­dency of see­ing ed­u­ca­tion as a priv­i­lege, which is wrong.

”We should not take ed­u­ca­tion as a priv­i­lege, it is in fact a con­sti­tu­tional right to get ed­u­cated. It is not only im­por­tant to do so, it is also nec­es­sary for our well-be­ing. Some celebri­ties are not able to en­cour­age the youth to be ed­u­cated,” says Zakes.

CHAL­LENG­ING UN­E­D­U­CATED ARTISTS

Zakes says that he does not mean any dis­re­spect to any celebrity or any­body out there who has suc­ceeded with­out be­ing ed­u­cated, but says peo­ple must not glo­rify celebri­ties who down­play the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion.

“Ev­ery­time I go to mu­sic work­shops where peo­ple talk to artists, I feel like they are ly­ing. Telling peo­ple that they don’t need school is a lie. Maybe you don’t need school but don’t tell other artists that they also don’t need school be­cause you are rob­bing them of their ca­reers,” he says.

Zakes advises artists to be care­ful be­cause some celebri­ties have got their own rea­sons for not go­ing to school. “I will not con­demn celebri­ties who down­play ed­u­ca­tion but I do not agree with them,” says the star. Zakes stud­ied mu­sic at Natal Tech­nikon, which is now called Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, but did not com­plete his stud­ies be­cause he was in­jured dur­ing a shoot­ing in­ci­dent when he was sup­posed to write his ex­ams. But he did not give up on his dream, as he com­pleted his de­gree in jazz and pop­u­lar mu­sic in 2012 at the Univer­sity of KwaZu­luNatal. In 2013, he com­pleted a de­gree in so­cial en­trepreneur­ship at the Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.

Zakes is mar­ried to ac­tress Nandi Mn­goma and they have a child to­gether.

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