Durban University of Technology (DUT) congratulates its former student, Mr Zakhele Madida, popularly known as the musician Zakes Bantwini, for winning a prestigious Grammy Award last night, Sunday, 05 February 2023.
Bantwini, who studied Jazz in the former Music Department at DUT’s City Campus in Durban, received the award alongside Wouter Kellerman and Nomcebo Zikode, after winning the Grammy for Best Global Music Performance for their hit, Bayethe.
Speaking on stage with his Grammy Award in hand, Bantwini said, “I 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 that every dream is valid.”
DUT is extremely proud of Zakes Bantwini and wishes him continued success and good fortune in the years ahead.
In 2022, another former DUT student won a Grammy Award. Mr Nkosinathi Maphumulo, known worldwide as DJ and producer Black Coffee, won a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Subconsciously.
EXCELLENCE is one of the principles of ENVISION2030 at DUT and both Zakes Bantwini and Black Coffee epitomise the excellence that emanates from DUT.
Pictured: Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode on stage receiving the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Global Music Performance.
Photo credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times, Getty.