Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr. Zizi Kodwa has congratulated the trailblazing South African musician Tyla for winning her first Grammy Award.
Tyla won the award for Best African Performance at the 66th annual Grammys. She became the youngest African artist to win a Grammy at the age of 22, beating Burna Boy, Davido, Ayra Starr, Asake and Olamide, and is the first award winner in the category.
Tyla now joins Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir, Black Coffee and Zakes Bantwini as one of the South African artists to have won a Grammy.
South Africa had a notable presence at the Grammys, with Trevor Noah hosting the awards for a fourth time and nominated for “Best Comedy Album”. Acapella group Just 6 were nominated in the “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or Acapella” category, while Musa Keys was nominated was nominated for “Best African Performance” for his collaboration with Nigerian artist Davido.
Minister Kodwa said “Tyla’s Grammy Award win once again confirms her status as a music global superstar. Her meteoric success has been truly inspiring, and there is so much more to come.”
“Tyla is a proud ambassador of South African arts and culture. I congratulate Tyla for a historic Grammy Award win, which comes before she has even released a full album. Continue to inspire and to raise the South African flag high,” the Minister added.
Kodwa also conveyed a message to other South African artists who were nominated for the 66th Grammy Award.
“Trevor Noah, Just 6 and Musa Keys show the diverse South African artistic talent on display on the world stage. Continue to entertain and showcasing to the world the best of Mzansi.”