They’ve done it! After being nominated for a Grammy award last year for their hit single ‘Bayethe’, trio Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode officially bring another trophy home for South Africa as the track wins ‘Best Global Music Performance’ at this morning’s main event.
Taking to the stage to accept his first Grammy, Zakes said: “I just want to say, we are coming from Africa, South Africa. And this moment right here to anybody who’s in Africa just proves and affirms that every dream is valid. And I want to say thank you very much to the academy and thank you very much to each and everyone. Every child in the ghetto, in the village, just know it’s possible.”
Zikode adds that after the success of her Master KG-assisted single ‘Jerusalema’, she’s thrilled to finally be the recipient of an award like this. “Thank you so much to God. You know I once gave the world a song (Jerusalema) that took the world by storm. The world that got us together, but I didn’t get this nomination or this award,” she says. “But God was saying to me, ‘Don’t worry my daughter, I will give you Bayethe. Thank you so much to my mom, thank you so much to my husband, Selwyn Fraser. Believe me, this is yours. Your support is amazing. Thank you so much to all my team. Thank you.”
For flutist Wouter Kellerman, this isn’t his first Grammy award and he is thrilled that he can continue bringing African music and sharing African culture with the world and be recognised on a platform like the Grammys for his art.
“This is such a beautiful moment on the road to sharing South African music and culture with the world,” the flutist shares. “Thank you Nomcebo, thank you Zakes for your incredible creativity. Thanks to Tholsi Pillay, my manager and friend, who stood with me and thank you JB Arthur. Thanks to you all my peers who supported us. I’ll never forget it.”
Congratulations to Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman on winning the Grammy for Best Global Music Album #GRAMMYs #SouthAfrica @ZakesBantwiniSA @Nomcebozikode @wouterkellerman pic.twitter.com/gbxkuZKXHp
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