South African embassy in coordination with Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah organized a concert featuring well-known South African flautist Wouter Kellerman along with his band at Al Yarmouk Theater on 17 April.
The highly-regarded flautist, noted for his ability to traverse from African music to Western classical music to jazz, enchanted the audience at Yarmouk Theater. Kellerman is the second South African musician to win a Grammy Award since Miriam Makeba was honored by the Recording Academy in 1966. Kellerman’s Winds of Samsara, a collaboration with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej, was named winner in the Best New Age Album category at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015.
He also won the 2011 SAMA (South African Music Award, the South African equivalent of the Grammy) for ‘Best Instrumental Album’, reinforcing his status as one of South Africa’s foremost musicians. ‘The Long Road’, a solo flute piece written by Kellerman for Nelson Mandela, highlighted his music writing skills and won him the Global Peace Song Award in the public-voted Acoustic/Contemporary Music category. Kellerman also performed at the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup closing ceremony to a global television audience of over 700-million people.