Minister Nathi Mthethwa congratulates Wouter Kellerman and Ricky Kej for winning a Grammy Award

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16 Feb 2015

It is with joy and happiness that we congratulate South African flautist and composer, Wouter Kellerman and his Indian counterpart, composer Ricky Kej  for winning a Grammy Award recently, that is, on Sunday 8 February 2015 for the best new age album – Winds of Samsara.

The collaboration between South Africa and India has paid great dividends and is a sign of what the BRICS and Bilateral cultural partnerships can do through the creative arts, especially music.

As the Ministry we are proud and excited as winning the Grammy is a significant achievement for Mr Kellerman. This is yet another great milestone for South African artists to take their rightful place among their international counterparts. The music of Mr Kellerman, in this instance, inspires national pride.  

The album “Winds of Samsara” is about love and tolerance, values that have been espoused by two of our greatest global leaders, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

As the microcosm of the world, South Africa has always been in the forefront of promoting universality in diversity and international peace and cooperation. Thus we cherish the relationship between India and our country.  

While Madiba and Gandhi are world renowned symbols of peace, unity and transformation for our people, Wouter Kellerman and his group have, through their creativity in music, shown us that they are instruments of love and peace. Also, we have no doubt that Kellerman’s creativity and dedication to the business of music will highlight and celebrate the contribution of the arts, especially music, to the economy. His success remains inspiration for a younger generations of musicians.

As the Ministry of Arts & Culture of South Africa, we extend a special word of appreciation to the Indian composer Ricky Kej for working together with Kellerman in this work. This collaboration has not only deepened mutual understanding between the artists but between our two countries. Working together we can achieve more.

Most importantly, the spirit of working together cements our common commitment to using the performing arts to forge close relations between the two countries and highlight the role of the sector in nation building, social cohesion and economic development. Also, we extend our congratulations to the people and Government of India.

We are very inspired and proud of these two artists who are an example of how the arts, especially music, can be in the forefront of cross continental cultural cooperation and economic development.

For further details, call Spokesperson for Minister, Sandile Memela at 0828003750