Written by on 6 February, 2023

KwaMashu born, South African musician, Zakes Bantwini made waves at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night. He won his first award for Best Global Music Performance – “Bayethe” alongside, Wouter kellerman & Nomcebo Zikode, while Burna Boy lost out on the Best Global Song Performance award. This marks the first Grammy win for Bantwini, who has been a prominent figure in the South African music scene for over two decades.

In excitement the musician tweets.

“UNkulunkulu uNumber1!!!!! thank you”. – Zakes Bantwini

Bantwini’s win was met with excitement and congratulations from fans and fellow musicians alike, who took to social media to express their pride and support. His album “Bayethe” showcases a unique blend of traditional South African music styles with contemporary sounds, showcasing Bantwini’s versatility as an artist and his commitment to preserving cultural heritage through his music.


In his acceptance speech, Bantwini expressed gratitude for the recognition and dedicated the award to the people of South Africa, saying β€œI just want to say, we are coming from Africa, South Africa. And this moment right here to anybody who’s in Africa just proves and affirms” – Zakes Bantwini

Bantwini’s win at the Grammy Awards is a major milestone for South African music and serves as a reminder of the country’s rich musical heritage. The award is a testament to Bantwini’s talent and hard work and is sure to inspire a new generation of musicians to follow in his footsteps.

Bantwini’s win will go down in history as a major achievement for South Africa and a celebration of the country’s cultural richness.

KwaZulu natal to the world !!!!!!



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