The Soweto Gospel Choir took home the Grammy Award for “Best World Music Album”, for their latest album ‘Freedom’, which they released in September 2018. The 61st Grammys ceremony took place on Sunday, February 10 in Los Angeles.
This was the South African group’s third Grammy and they beat the other African nominee in the category, Seun Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Kuti, who attended the event with his wife, was one of the performers at Grammy, taking the stage at the prelude event ahead of the main ceremony.
The album, ‘Freedom’, which earned them the Grammy, was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group’s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations. It featured a selection of South African struggle songs including their version of Johnny Clegg’s ‘Asimbonanga’.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted “Congratulations to the Soweto Gospel Choir for being awarded the Best World Music album for ‘Freedom’ at the #GRAMMYs. This is the choir’s third Grammy award and we thank them for telling our story to the world and flying the flag high.”
This year’s Grammys were hosted by Alicia Keys, the first female to host in 14 years.