Mothers have always been pointed to as having a singularly important place in a person’s life – more than fathers. It is this reality that makes people mention their mother when they eventually make it in life. You know, “Mama, I made it! [tears emoji] .”
South African singer Zakes Bantwini illuminated this reality recently when he visited his mother’s grave following his Grammy win. The songster had been given a Grammy for “Bayethe,” a collaborative work with Nomcebo Zikode and Wouter Kellerman.
It was sad that his mother wasn’t alive to witness that critical point in his life and music career. But then he remembers her role in his life and was ready to go to any length to show how much she meant to him and her contributions to the person he is today.
That inspired the grave visit. In a post to his Instagram page, he shared a picture of his at the graveside – really sitting on the headstone, his Grammy plaque somewhere on the grace. In the caption to the post, he noted, “I did it, Mom.”
Yeah, mama, I made it!
A look at the grave showed that Mama Bantwini died in 2007 when Zakes was way younger and had not accomplished much in life.