RECORDING ARTIST, producer & Songwriter
Tinashe "T-Collar" Sibanda a/k/a BANTU is a GRAMMY ® - nominated music producer/songwriter signed to Prescription Songs. He has produced and/or co-written notable records such as LATIN GRAMMY ® - nominated "Hey Ma" by Pitbull & J Balvin ft Camila Cabello, “This Way” from Chris Brown’s platinum-album “Heartbreak on a Full Moon,” “Say My Name” by Tove Styrke, “Body On Me” by Rita Ora ft Chris Brown, and “Know Better” by Kevin Gates (Suicide Squad Soundtrack), and “Whiskey” by Maroon 5 feat. A$AP Rocky from their platinum-album “Red Pill Blues.”
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Bantu grew up listening to a vast range of music such as Pop, Afrobeats, Hip Hop, World, Rock and many others. This can be heard in his authentic production style which infuses sounds from Africa and the rest of the world.
Bantu co-produced and co-wrote Jason Derulo's hit song "Tip Toe."
On August 11, 2017, as the artist Bantu, Bantu released the EP "Africa For The Summer." The music video for the first single from the EP, "Roll With Me" ft. Shungudzo, was released May 16, 2017. The music video for the EP's second single, "Complicated" ft. Shungudzo, was featured by Vivo Dscvr and released August 28, 2017.
On June 15, 2018, Bantu and long-time friend, collaborator and fellow Zimbabwean artist Dr. Chaii released the single “Jackie Chan,” along with a fun music video. This song is featured on EA Sports’ FIFA 19 soundtrack.
On September 21, 2018, Bantu and Jonas Blue released “Roll With Me ft. Shungudzo and ZieZie,” along with two music videos, to critical acclaim. The song once again showcases Bantu’s unique blend of AfroPop and American Pop with an addictive beat.
On October 5, 2018, Platoon Africa released the song “Remedy” by Bantu. This after Apple Music and Platoon invited six unsigned artists in June for the weeklong Cape Town Creative Lab (CTCL) at Mothership Studios where they took part in recording sessions, photoshoots, video shoots, interviews and media training. Two of the artists are USA Media Rights clients; Bantu and Dr. Chaii.