Know Your Artist!… Wouter Kellerman

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Africa “the Motherland” as many call it, is arguably the birth place of music and rhythmic sounds. The world has in recent times witnessed the explosion of Africa inspired music being adopted by Europeans and the rest of the world.

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Meet Wouter Kellerman, a South African flautist who is changing the music platform by his African inspired flute sounds, his win at the recent 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony is a testament that he definitely has talent that is not only appreciated locally but also internationally.

Wouter Kellerman received a Grammy Award for his 2014 album Winds of Samsara a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej. Their collaboration was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

Some of his other achievements include:

  • Nomination for the 2007 Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy
  • Winner of the 2010 SAMA for ‘Best Instrumental/Jazz/popular Classical DVD).
  • Winner of the 2011 SAMA for ‘Best Instrumental Album.
  • Winner of the 2013 Vox Pop IMA (Independent Music Award) for Best World Beat Album
  • Two nominations for the 2014 HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Awards) in the World Music and New Age categories
  • Winner at the 57th Annual Grammy® Awards for Best New Age Album

Kellerman has focused his attention on world music, exploring the versatility of the flute and fusing classical and contemporary sounds, resulting in a potent and thrilling musical encounter. He is taking his crossover world music to a global audience, having gained a solid following in his native South Africa. His albums have been released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, North America and in Australia.

On a social note, Kellerman is a philanthropist of sorts, he has sponsored the living expenses of 10 children in the SOS Children’s Village in Ennerdale, South Africa for the past 14 years and has also financed the building of a house in the SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg.

For his continued efforts in helping give these children a better life, Kellerman was nominated by the SOS Children’s Villages for the 2007 Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy. He continues to facilitate the teaching of young dance and music students. Wouter is a Musical Ambassador for Project Peace on Earth.

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