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Friday, 10 February 2023 16:33

Grammy award winners receive heroes' welcome at OR Tambo Airport.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Nomcebo Zikode, Wouter Kellerman and Zakes Bantwini – landed on Friday morning after winning the international accolade on Sunday last week in Los Angeles. 

The trio walked away with the Best Global Music Performance award at the 65th Grammy awards over the weekend. 

Fans, friends, family members and industry people braved a raining Joburg weather to welcome the stars. Among them were  Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, minister of sports, arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa, Gauteng MEC for sports Morakane Mosupyoe, Zakes Bantwini's wife Nandi Madida and friends in music industry.

Zikode took the opportunity to give some advice to young people, saying they need to respect their craft and stay away from drugs. 

"I think by winning this Grammy, already we've just played our part to say it is possible. Never give up on your talent. It's important for you at home to have a dream. You need to put some action on it. I’m saying to everyone at home who has a dream, you need to make sure that you dream big. It is possible. It has happened to the three of us so why not to you? Respect your talent, respect your craft because nothing is impossible." 

Meanwhile Keller said his mission has always been to export South Africa's culture and music to the world. 

Kellerman said: "Thank you for welcoming us in this beautiful way today. SA has got such richness in music and culture. I took it for granted when I was growing up. It was only when I started travelling that I actually realised we have something special. Since then it has been my mission to export SA culture and music. Winning a Grammy is such an exquisite moment. Thank you to Zakes and Nomcebo for sharing their creativity with me. I want to thank all musicians who were part of this."

Renowned musician Zakes Bantwini thanked Mthethwa for supporting South African musicians on the global stage. 

"Today we are starting new work, understanding challenges we have. But how amazing that when you walk to this airport the first person to greet you is OR Tambo, who sacrificed his life for us to be here today. We are indeed standing at shoulders of the giants, Sihamba nemikhuleko. We have men and women who pray for us. We are here not because we are failures but because we are winners.