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Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman made made history and made Mzansi proud as the local trio won the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Performance for “Bayethe” in Los Angeles on Sunday. While it was Kellerman’s second win at the prestigious awards, it marked Bantwini and Zikode’s very first wins.

“It’s difficult to find the words to truly express how this moment feels and what it mean. This is the most important awards show in the world and for us to be recognized on such a big stage means we’re doing something right,” saiid the award winning Zakes Bantwini.

In the lead up to the awards, Bantwini had spoken to IOL Entertainment about how regardless of whether he won or not, the nomination alone felt like a win.

“I definitely stand by that. But now, it doesn’t have to feel like a win for it is a win. I’m going to be Zakes Bantwini the Grammy Award winner for the rest of my life. That’s insane. It’s something I could’ve never imagined growing up.

It all started in August of 2021 when he previewed an unreleased song titled “Osama” at an event known as Kunye.nA video of him performing the song for the very first time at the event went viral on social media and garnered millions of views online, which prompted him and his team to expedite its release a few weeks later.

The song would go on to debut at number one on the official Radio Monitor South Africa chart, where it remained for a record-breaking ten weeks in a row. Shortly afterwards he struck gold once again with “iMali”, his platinum-selling collaboration with Karyendasoul and Nana Atta.

Since then, Bantwini broke his duck at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) as he bagged awards for Highest Airplay and Best Collaboration, a GQ Award for Musician of the Year, and a South African Social Media Award (SASMA) for Most Popular Song on South African Social Media.

Next up, Bantwini will be hosting Abantu Festival at DHL Stadium in Cape Town as he draws the close on his musical career with his final album, which is also titled “Abantu”.



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