Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman’s big win at the 65th Grammy Awards

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Image: Twitter Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode receive the Grammy award for Best Global Music Performance in Los Angeles California on February 6, 2023.

The trio followed in the footsteps of Black Coffee, Ladysmith black Mambazo and the inimitable Soweto gospel choir – flying the South African flag so high on such a massive scale.

The triumph trio attended the 65th Annual Grammy Award Ceremony and the three collaborative efforts brought back home a Grammy award for ‘Best Global Music Performance’ for their song, ‘Bayethe’.

The musicians took to socials to celebrate this major accomplishment by expressing their gratitude and sharing their journeys on what it took to make this dream a reality. South Africans are beaming with pride as they continue to share their excitement for Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman by congratulating the trio for representing South Africa to the world.

Zakes Bantwini poured his heart out – reiterating the fact that it took him 15 years to get achieve such greatness.

“Took me 15 years to find my path. I stayed true to myself and my dreams, dispute all the hardships that presented themselves. I have no words to express the emotion and grace that has come over me. This moment is owed to my late Mother and Father. Your efforts, sacrifices you handed down brought the very best in me. I’m grateful. U Nkulunkulu number 1!!!” He captioned the post.

Nomcebo Zikode expressed gratitude to Zakes Bantwini and Wouter Kellerman for granting her the opportunity to be part of the song – “Look at God!!! From Hammersdale to the world! I want to give a special shout out to Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Sibo The Zulu for thinking of me when putting this record together. We did it! Last but not least I want to thank each and everyone who has supported me and my career since day one, I love each of you and dedicate this win to you. Now to celebrate!!!” Zikode captioned the post.

“Woooooohoooo we won the Grammy for for “Best Global music performance” for our song Bayethe with Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode. Proudly South African ?…” Wouter Kellerman captioned the post.

They won over Nigeria’s Burna Boy, Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo, USA’s Matt B, Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni, and Pakistan’s Arooj Aftab.

Congratulations are in order. SA POSITIVE NEWS applauds the trio for this historic win. What a time to be South African!!!

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku