JOHANNESBURG - It's been a good awards week for South African artists, starting with the Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir which shared an award with U2 and ESPN at the Annual Sports Emmy Awards held in New York on May 2nd.
The 52-strong choir - which won Best Traditional World Music Grammy Awards in both 2007 and 2008 - was named co-winners of the Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics category for its work on ESPN's 2010 FIFA World Cup Music Presentation.
In a statement, choir director Beverly Bryer said, "It's really exciting to add an Emmy to the Choir's three South African Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, three associated Grammy Awards and an Oscar nomination."
The news of Soweto Gospel Choir's Emmy win comes at a time when local rapper, Kwesta, was named winner of US website, SOHH's (Support Online Hip Hop) joint search with ReverbNation to select 20 unsigned rappers with "True Grit".
Shortly after the news broke, Kwesta was quoted as saying, "Being named SOHH's grittiest Rapper is amazing; to think that somewhere in New York industry experts listened to music made by a young boy from Katlehong and they thought it was the best rap music they've heard, I'm still not over that."
Kwesta's international recognition comes when the rapper is eyeing several awards at the upcoming 17th Annual MTN South African Music Awards which take place in Johannesburg on May 20th and 21st.
His debut album, "Special Rekwest," is up against those of established hip-hop acts Amu, Silkour, Tuks Senganga and Tumi & The Volume. The rapper is also in the running for Best Newcomer at the event which is the annual awards project of the Recording Industry of South Africa.