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Sports, Arts and Culture Minister congratulates Tyla ‘for a historic Grammy Award win’

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Johnathan Paoli

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa has officially congratulated the trailblazing South African musician for winning her first Grammy Award, saying the artist joined the ranks of other SA notables such as Trevor Noah and acapella group Just 6 in creating a notable SA presence.

“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,” Kodwa said.

The minister also congratulated all the South African artists who were nominated for the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, including Trevor Noah, Just 6 and Musa Keys and said that these artists showed the diverse South African artistic talent on display on the world stage and should continue to entertain and showcase to the world the best of Mzansi.

Tyla Laura Seethal, won her first Grammy in the newly-introduced Best African Music Performance category for hit song ‘Water’ which received international fame last year.

The awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday and in her acceptance speech, Tyla said she could not contain her excitement and thanked those who she could remember in the moment.

Speaking after receiving her award, Tyla said she was ‘shaking’ with excitement, and felt extremely honoured to have won the category.

The ANC also officially extended its heartfelt congratulations to Tyla whom it described as, a popular and distinguished South African artist, “on her recent securing the prestigious Grammy Award”.

ANC National spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri said that Tyla’s triumph not only signified personal accomplishment but stood as a testament to the extraordinary talent that permeated the artistic landscape of the country.

“This victory serves to boost the confidence of our nation, showcasing the caliber of creativity and excellence within our borders,” Bhengu-Motsiri said.

The spokesperson said that the party took immense pride in the artist’s achievement, and recognised it as a source of inspiration for aspiring artists as well as a reflection of the vibrant cultural tapestry that defined the nation.

Bhengu-Motsiri thanked Tyla for elevating South African talent on the global stage and said that she believed that this award would inspire others to pursue their dreams with determination and passion.

The 22-year-old faced off with other legendary African acts; which include Burna Boy, Ayra Starr, Asake, Olamide and Davido featuring South African artist Musa Keys.


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