Windhoek – Tinashe Sibanda, professionally known as Bantu, continues to shine on the international music scene, recently featuring on top American pop band Maroon 5’s latest album, Jordi.
The Zimbabwean songwriter and producer is impressive on the track “One Light”, the seventh song on the award winning band’s seventh album. The album was titled in honour of Jordan Feldstein, Maroon 5’s former manager who passed away in 2017.
Announcing the song release on his Instagram page, Bantu reflected on his journey to international stardom from humble beginnings.
“’One Light’ ft mee out now!! 15 year old me is losing his mind! From handing out cd’s in Zimbabwe at every fair and sports day and begging people to listen to my music to trading vocals with Adam Levine. I can truly say that God is faithful and nothing is impossible,” he said last week.
Bantu continued: “It was insane to pursue music. It was crazy to think that I could make it coming from a third world country. With no vocal training, it was a bad idea to start singing and putting out music. But God loves crazy. Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me throughout the years. I love you and I couldn’t have done it without you!”
“One Light” is infused with guitar melodies on which the Harare-born rapper excels. As of last week, the song had already had more than 257,000 views on Maroon 5’s official YouTube channel.
Bantu is credited for curating Maroon 5’s song “Whiskey”, featuring ASAP Rocky.
Beyond the pop band, he has produced and written for some of the world’s biggest stars, including Rita Ora, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo and J Balvin on his 2017 Latin Grammy Award nominated “Hey Ma”, from the Fast and Furious 8 soundtrack.
A Grammy Award nominee himself, who also shares management with dancehall legend Sean Paul, Bantu’s his smash hit “Leaving” is on the PlayStation FIFA 21 soundtrack, which is his second contribution on the gaming platform after another hit of his, “Jackie Chan”, made the cut on FIFA 19.The Los Angeles-based Bantu premiered his first song, “Holiday”, in 2016 and went on to release his first EP Africa for the Summer in 2017, with the sequel coming two years later.