Nandi Madida reveals how she knew Zakes Bantwini was the one

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Zakes Bantwini and Nandi Madida.
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  • Nandi Madida has opened up about her relationship with her husband, Zakes Bantwini. 
  • Madida said she knew he was the one because of his caring nature. 
  • The couple married in 2016 and share two children.

South African Music Award-winning musician Nandi Madida has opened up about how she knew her husband, Grammy Award-nominated musician, producer and businessman Zakes Bantwini was the one.  

Madida said it was Bantwini's caring nature that won her over. She spoke about this in an interview with podcaster and DJ McGyver 'MacG' Mukwevho.

"The fact that he cared," she said in the interview. "There's a difference – you can get guys who just want to shag."

In the interview, she added that when she had a shoot with American rapper, singer and songwriter Pharrell Williams in London, she realised Bantwini was "a real one". Madida said she had the "biggest" crush on Williams. 

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Nandi Madida
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Nandi Madida & Zakes Bantwini during the Zakes Bantwini Forty Something Celebration event at The Venue at The Houghton Hotel on June 15, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Oupa Bopape)

While Madida knew Bantwini was the one for her because of his caring nature, she said she was not the "marriage type".

"I never was the girl who grew up like I want the dress hence why no one even knows our wedding pictures," she said. "I'm not sentimental like that."

The Want You maker added that Bantwini’s caring nature showed itself again when she had to go to Paris for a gig but did not have money.

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"It's not about money or the career; he always cared," she said. "My parents could pick it up."

"Parents are smart – they can see when you're doing better in life and not only career-wise, just holistically."

The mother of two added that she was happy and had a "real glow".


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