South Africans score 2017 Grammy nominations

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. (Photo: Gallo Images)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo. (Photo: Gallo Images)

Cape Town – South Africa managed to bag two 2017 Grammy nominations on Tuesday during the announcement of the 59th annual Grammy Awards nominees.

South African a cappella singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo received a nomination in the category Best World Music Album for Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers. This marks the group’s 17th Grammy Award nomination. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been awarded the Grammy Award four times; in 1988, for Shaka Zulu; in 2004, for Raise Your Spirit Higher; in 2009, for Ilembe and in 2013, for Singing For Peace Around The World.

South African born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout received a nomination in the world field for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Born in South Africa in 1979, Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. He has been nominated for a Grammy twice before.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on 12 February at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. James Corden will host the ceremony for the first time.

See a list of the of nominees in the top categories here.

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