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'Grammy Award nominations set the bar for SA music'

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Wouter Kellerman will be vying for awards next year.

FILE: South African flute player Wouter Kellerman. Picture: Wouter Kellerman official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Local Grammy nominee Wouter Kellerman says he's humbled and excited by his second nomination in two years.

The South African flautist will be competing in the Best Contemporary Album category alongside American jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum at next year's awards in the US.

Even though his latest album Love Language made it all the way to number one on the billboard charts in the US this year, Kellerman says he was not expecting to crack a nod at the Grammys.

"We knew we had a chance but there are some fantastic competitors, like Kenny G. We knew it was unlikely but it came through."

The South African Music Rights Organisation has congratulated the flutist and famed local group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who've been nominated for a 16th time.

Congratulations to @wouterkellerman nominated for 2016 Grammy Award - Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. pic.twitter.com/QjSNZdwuji

Congrats @therealmambazo on your 2016 Grammy nomination! Thanks for continuing to fly the SA Flag! @ConcertsSA @TheGRAMMYs @SAMROFoundation

Samro's Tiyani Maluleke says new standards have been set in South Africa's music industry.

"For our music industry it means that we don't have to conform, our sound is good enough for the Grammys."

The Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles in February.

Listen: Wouter Kellerman bags a second Grammy nomination in two years

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