Johannesburg, South Africa – Wednesday, 10 November 2021 – UPDATE: Zakes Bantwini’s Osama with Kasango marks RAMS first with 10th week at #1.
This week British music company that tracks worldwide radio and TV airplay, RadioMonitor confirmed that Zakes Bantwin’s Osama is the first and only single in the history of its establishment to retain the #1 spot 10 weeks in a row on South African radio charts. This is inclusive of both international and local songs released in the past five years since the launch of Radiomonitor. The song beat the record of songs like Prince Kaybee’s Fetch Your Life, and Silk Sonic. who have 12 non-consecutive weeks as #1 on the RAMS chart.
Osama begins with the referential theme song for hit television show, Knight Rider. The introduction is similar to the car as it transports the listener into the atmospheric world of the song. Instrumentally, the single builds into a cacophony of synthesised hi-hats and keys delivering an afro-electronic dance single.
Lyrically, Zakes Bantwini continues to use music to advance his ambition of a united African and global state. This is as the word osama, in urdu denotes lion, well-wisher or a helping hand. Bantwini layers his vocals with additional vocals to provide a single which sounds like a call to action.
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