South Africans took to social media beaming with pride as they congratulated Zakhele Madida, aka Zakes Bantwini, who won his first Grammy Award.
WE WON THE GRAMMY! Congrats @wouterkellerman @ZakesBantwiniSA @Nomcebozikode Best Global Music Performance- Courtesy Jen Su reporting via CBS | GRAMMYs for Entertainment News #GRAMMYs #Grammy #SouthAfrica #wouterkellerman #zakesbantwini #nomcebozikode pic.twitter.com/Q3wBsf9ys4— Jennifer Su (Jen Su) (@jennifer_su) February 5, 2023
Celebrities, including Madida’s wife, Nandi Madida and Nkosinathi Maphumulo’s estranged wife, Mbali Mlotshwa, have also shared how proud they were.
Zakes Bantwini won the Best Global Music Performance Award for his song Bayethe alongside singer Nomcebo Zikode and flautist Wouter Kellerman. The 65th Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
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Accepting the prestigious award, the stylish musician dedicated the award to every little child with big dreams.
It's Wouter Kellerman, Nomcebo Zikode and Zakes Bantwini. According to the #GRAMMYs they're the best global performers for the year 2023. This is massive!! pic.twitter.com/d5d3kzCddV— Siphumelele Zondi (@SZondi) February 6, 2023
The award was Kellerman’s second Grammy award as he already had one for his album Winds of Samsara in 2014.
“Thank you so much. This is such a beautiful moment. On the road to share South African music and culture with the world, thank you Nomcebo, thank you Zakes for your incredible creativity,” said Kellerman as he accepted his second Grammy.
Zikode looked gorgeous in a beaded dress and her famous haircut. She sang the internationally recognised hit song, Jerusalema, just before she said her acceptance speech.
“Thank you so much to God. You know I once gave the world a song that took the world by storm, but I didn’t get this nomination or this award, but God was like to me ‘don’t worry my daughter, I will give you Bayethe’,” said Zikode.
The Osama hitmaker said he was working on his last album and then hang up the microphone to focus on other things he was passionate about and spend time with his family.