South Africa Triumphs at the 2024 Grammy Awards

Over the years, South Africa has made significant strides in the global music scene, with 12 Grammy Award winners emerging between 1964 and 2024.

The country’s rich musical heritage has been acknowledged on the grand stage of the Grammys, celebrating artists who have left an indelible mark on the world of music.

Tyla’s Recent Victory:

The most recent addition to this illustrious list is the 22-year-old pop sensation, Tyla, who clinched the Best African Music Performance Grammy Award.

This victory was achieved against formidable competition, including Burna Boy, Davido, Asake, Olamide, Ayra Starr, and fellow South African nominee Musa Keys.

Tyla’s winning track, “Water,” from her debut studio album, “Tyla,” earned her this prestigious accolade.

South African Grammy Award Winners: A Legacy of Excellence:

The list of South African Grammy winners spans several decades and diverse genres, showcasing the country’s versatile musical talent.

The iconic Mariam Makeba set the stage in 1965 with her Grammy win.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with an impressive five wins, has been a consistent force, triumphing in 1987, 2004, 2008, 2013, and 2017.

The soul-stirring performances of the Soweto Gospel Choir have garnered them three Grammy victories in 2006, 2007, and 2010.

Individual Contributions and Genre Diversity:

Acknowledging the individual contributions, Lebo M, Trevor Rabin, and Dave Matthews have each secured a Grammy win in 1994, 1984, and 1997 (2004 for Matthews), respectively.

The prolific producer Phil Ramone stands out with a remarkable 14 Grammy wins, spanning several years from 1964 to 2005.

Recent Achievements:

In the more recent years, artists like Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode, and Black Coffee have added to South Africa’s Grammy success story.

Tyla’s win in 2024 adds a vibrant and contemporary chapter to this legacy, marking her place among the country’s musical trailblazers.

Tyla’s Unforgettable Acceptance Speech:

During her acceptance speech, Tyla expressed overwhelming joy and disbelief at winning a Grammy at the young age of 22.

She extended gratitude to God, her team, and her family, particularly acknowledging her mother, who she believed was emotionally moved by the moment.

Tyla’s heartfelt appreciation for The Recording Academy highlighted the importance of the category she triumphed in, emphasizing the significance of such recognition.


South Africa’s presence and success at the Grammy Awards reflect not only the country’s musical prowess but also its ability to contribute diverse voices and genres to the global stage.

As Tyla joins the esteemed list of Grammy winners, the legacy continues, showcasing the resilience, talent, and innovation of South African musicians on the international platform.

Tyla’s recent Grammy win is a testament to the ongoing vibrancy and evolution of South Africa’s music scene.

The diversity of genres and the span of decades represented in the list of Grammy winners underscore the enduring impact of South African artists.

This achievement not only brings individual recognition but also contributes to the broader narrative of African representation and influence in the global music industry.

Tyla’s emotional acceptance speech resonates with the passion and dedication that artists bring to their craft, making the Grammy Awards a moment of profound significance for both the winner and the nation.

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