List of South African Grammy Award winners and nominees

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The following is a list of Grammy Awards winners and nominees from South Africa:

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (White), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

Year Category Nominees(s) Nominated for Result
1988 Best Traditional Folk Album Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu Won
1991 Best Traditional World Music Album Classic TracksNominated
1993 Best of - Vol. 1Nominated
1994 Best World Music Album Johnny Clegg and Savuka [1] Heat, Dust and Dreams Nominated
1995 Best Traditional World Music Album Ladysmith Black Mambazo Liph' IqinisoNominated
1996 Gift of the TortoiseNominated
1997 Thuthukani NgoxoloNominated
1998 Best Contemporary World Music Album HeavenlyNominated
1999 Best Traditional World Music Album Live at the Royal Albert HallNominated
2001 Best World Music Album Miriam Makeba Homeland Nominated
2005 Best Traditional World Music Album Ladysmith Black Mambazo Raise Your Spirit Higher Won
2006 Best Contemporary World Music Album No BoundariesNominated
2007 Long Walk to Freedom Nominated
Best Traditional World Music Album Soweto Gospel Choir BlessedWon
2008 African SpiritWon
2009 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu Won
2012 Best World Music Album Songs from a Zulu FarmNominated
2013 Hugh Maskela Jabulani Nominated
2014 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live: Singing for Peace Around the WorldWon [lower-alpha 1]
2016 Music from Inala [lower-alpha 2] Nominated
2017 Walking in the Footsteps of Our FathersNominated
2018 Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary CelebrationWon

Notes

  1. The 2014 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album was jointly awarded to Gipsy Kings for their album Savor Flamenco .
  2. The album was a collaboration with Ella Spira and the Inala Ensemble.

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