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Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of a five South African artists who have won a Grammy Award. Image via Twitter @RockersMovement

Grammy Awards: Five local artists who have made Mzansi proud [listen]

Black Coffee, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and more. Take a look at five South African artists who have brought home Grammy Awards.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of a five South African artists who have won a Grammy Award. Image via Twitter @RockersMovement

When Black Coffee won his Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album on Sunday 3 April, he became the fifth South African artist to win the prestigious award. The likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Soweto Gospel Choir have won Grammys. Take a look at a list of local artists who have all won Grammy Awards. 

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1. MIRIAM MAKEBA 

In 1966, South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, became the first African artist to bring home a Grammy Award. She won the award in the Best Folk Recording category for An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba, a collaboration between her and American singer, Harry Belafonte. Makeba has been nominated for more than three Grammy Awards. 

LISTEN TO ‘HUSH HUSH (THULA, THULA) HERE 

2. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo received their first Grammy nomination in 1988, in the Best Traditional Folk Album category for their album, Shaka Zulu. The iconic singing group won the award!

After winning, Ladysmith Black Mambazo won several other Grammys including the Best Traditional World Music Album Award (now known as Best World Music Album) for Raise Your Spirit Higher in 2005 and Best Traditional World Music Album in 2009. 

LISTEN TO ‘HELLO MY BABY’ FROM ‘SHAKA ZULU’ HERE 

3. SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR 

Following in Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s footsteps, one of Mzansi’s most-loved choirs, the Soweto Gospel Choir, won the Best World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 for their albums, Blessed and African Spirit

LISTEN TO ‘SETENG SEDIBA’ HERE 

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4. WOUTER KELLERMAN 

South African flautist Wouter Kellerman, who was also nominated for an award this year, won his first Grammy in 2015 in the Best New Age Album category. He won the award for his album Winds of Samsara, a collaboration between him and Indian music composer, Riky Kej. 

LISTEN TO ‘MAHATMA’ HERE 

5. BLACK COFFEE

Black Coffee received his first Grammy nomination in the Best Electronic/Dance category for his album Subconsciously featuring the likes of David Guetta, Pharrell Williams and Msaki. After making history as the first African DJ to win the award, the star DJ received a congratulatory message from President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

“Thank you for flying the flag and inspiring a new generation of talent to take over the world,” wrote the president on Twitter. 

LISTEN TO BLACK COFFEE’S ‘DRIVE’ HERE