South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode have made history by winning the Best Global Music Performance category at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on 5th January 2023. The trio’s song “Bayethe” beat competition from artists such as Arooj Aftab, Eddy Kenzo, Matt B, Burna Boy, among others, to win this prestigious award.
Uganda, however, has a reason to celebrate too, as its own Edrisah Musuuza, better known as Eddy Kenzo, was immortalized on that same day. At 33 years old, Kenzo became the first Ugandan to be nominated at the Grammy Awards for his feature on Matt B’s song “Gimme Love.” Kenzo’s nomination in the Best Global Music Performance category for “Gimme Love,” produced by A-Steyn, has written a new chapter in the East African country’s music history.
Taata Aamal has enjoyed tremendous musical success, with numerous national and international awards to his name, including a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in 2018 and a BET Award in 2015, among multiple All Africa Music Awards. He has used his musical success to bless others by supporting charity and promoting young talents.
At the awards ceremony, Beyoncé had the most nominations with nine, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. The Grammy Awards, held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, saw a star-studded lineup, with music lovers and industry experts gathering to celebrate the best of the best in the music world.
The win for Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode is a testament to the diversity and quality of South African music. It is also a recognition of the hard work and talent of the three artists and a validation of the place of South African music on the global stage.
Eddy Kenzo’s nomination at the Grammy Awards is a huge moment for the Ugandan music industry and an inspiration for the country’s aspiring musicians. His nomination and the recognition of his talent are a source of pride for the East African nation, and a validation of the rich musical culture and heritage of Uganda.
In conclusion, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards saw a night of celebrations, with artists from different parts of the world coming together to celebrate the best in the music industry. South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode’s win, and Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo’s nomination, have made history and opened new doors for the African music scene, showing the world the diversity and quality of African music.