Grammy Glory for Nomcebo Zikode and Zakes Bantwini
South African musicians Nomcebo Zikode and Zakes Bantwini are thrilled after winning their first Grammy Award.
They were featured on Wouter Kellerman’s song “Bayethe,” which was nominated in the Best Global Music Performance category.
The trio triumphed over other nominees, including Burna Boy (for “Last Last”), Arooj Aftab and Anoushka Shankar (for “Udhero Na”), Matt B and Eddy Kenzo (for “Gimme Love”), and Rocky Dawuni featuring Blvk H3ro (for “Neva Bow Down”).
Nomcebo took to Instagram to celebrate her win and share pictures holding her Grammy award and captioned:
“Your Best Global Music Performers of 2023 from South Africa 💫🎖️.”
Before the win, Zakes Bantwini shared a passionate message dedicating the nomination to his parents:
“Took me 15 years to find my path. I stayed true to myself & my dreams, despite all the hardships that presented themselves. I have no words to express the emotions and grace that have come over me.
“This moment is owed to my late Mother & Father. Your efforts, sacrifices & lessons you handed down brought out the very best in me. I’m grateful… Unkulu’ Nkulu uNumber 1!!!! 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 #roadtothegrammys.”
South African celebrities and the public congratulated Nomcebo and Zakes Bantwini for the Grammy win.
“Whaaaaaatt!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Congratulations 🎉 🎉🎉🎉🎉 bafwethu @zakesbantwini @nomcebo_zikode.”
“Congratulations 🎉 are in order 🙌”
“Congratulations, mama!! This is so beautiful to witness 😍🔥”
“This is beautiful. So happy for you my brother.. You are a source of pride for not only South Africa but ALL of Africa 🙌🏾”
“I’m so proud of you, my friend!”
In 2022, Black Coffee brought home Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album with ‘Subconsciously’ – continuing South Africa’s Grammy Legacy with previous winners Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Soweto Gospel Choir.