Musicians make a killing when they are booked for gigs locally or internationally and even more so when they are well established like Zakes Bantwini who has been in the industry for over 15 years.

While fans know their favorite artists don’t come cheap, many were shocked to find out just how much Usama the hitmaker’s fees for performances in South Africa, on the African continent or beyond.


According to controversial entertainment commentator Musa Khawula, who is under fire, Zakes charges 250,000 rand to perform in South Africa.

At the same time, he charges $15,000 in Africa, which is equivalent to 243,363 rand. In North and South America, Asia and Europe Clap your hands the singer charges $20,000 (R324,572)

However, this is only Zakes Bantwini’s performance fee as he also requires accommodation and transport. In terms of accommodation, he expects no less than four stars with one deluxe room and three standard rooms for his team.

It is expected that the organizers will book one business class ticket and three economy class tickets for the flights. It also specializes in airlines operating domestic or international flights.

That’s not all in the transportation department, as he expects nothing but luxury cars when he travels overland. Zakes Bantwini only wants the latest Mercedes-Benz V-Class or two of the latest Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 S. If they aren’t available, he’ll take two Range Rovers or two Cadillac Escalades, all the latest models.

READ ALSO: Zakes Bantwini sued for 2.4 million rand for ‘breach of contract’


Tweeps had mixed reactions when Zakes Bantwini’s fare was revealed. While some understand that he has been in the music industry for many years and should be making that much or more, others found the fees ridiculous.

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