Vocalist Nomcebo Zikode was given an enthusiastic introduction, while the audience sang along with her on an impromptu version of Jerusalema. “I’m hoping that South African people are going to be proud of me, we’re hoping to take this one,” said Zikode. “But hey, if we don’t take it, it’s OK, I feel like I’m a winner already.”
Zikode hinted she will be wearing a dress by designer Gert-Johan Coetzee for the Grammys red carpet. “Even today, I’m wearing an orange knit tassel dress from Gert, and looking forward to showing you my red carpet look tonight.”
Flautist Wouter Kellerman, who has been nominated for a fourth Grammy and won a Best New Age Grammy in 2015 for Winds of Samsara along with Ricky Kej, is excited about the future of African music.
“This is the most exciting time — Africa is exporting its music to the world — and it feels like Africa is starting to make a big dent and sharing its rich culture,” said Kellerman. “Both Africa and the world have so much to gain from this whole process, and I feel so privileged to be part of it.”
Zakes Bantwini, dressed in a bespoke suit by Thebe Magugu, expressed excitement for his first Grammys.
“Being in LA for the Grammys and being able to network and connect with other fellow African artists, music executives, and entrepreneurs is such an amazing thing,” said Bantwini.
“I’ve been busy here with meetings with music executives, taking part in a Grammy Week panel discussion at the Grammy Museum, and later today I’m going to the studio to do some song programming and writing music — and of course getting ready for the big night.”
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