South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir has won the Best World Music Album at the Grammys award ceremony in Los Angeles in the US.
It was the group’s third win on its fifth nomination in the same category.
The award-winning album Freedom was recorded in June 2018 as part of the group’s tribute to the 100 Years of Mandela celebrations.
Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid campaigner who became South Africa’s first black president, died in 2013 aged 95, last year’s event marked what would have been his 100th birthday.
The Soweto Gospel Choir winning album features a selection of South African struggle songs including a version of Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted his congratulations to the group:
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. pic.twitter.com/03QH3YZ8ZU
— President Cyril Ramaphosa (@CyrilRamaphosa) February 11, 2019