Kora Award winners announced

2000-11-20 07:27

The winners of the Kora All Africa Music Awards 2000 were announced on Saturday at an award ceremony held in the Superbowl at Sun City. The awards, now in their fifth year, are designed to highlight African talent.

The top award for the best overall African artist/group went to KAYSHA from the DRC. He will walk off with prize money to the value of R200 000. A surprise award was announced at this yearÆs ceremony where long-time favourites Ladysmith Black Mambazo were honoured with a special judges award for their contribution to African Music.

The life-time achievement award went to Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations.

Headed by Diva, Sibongile Khumalo as the president, the panel of judges for this event were selected for their diverse interest and knowledge of the music of Africa.

The panel was Boncana Maiga from West Africa, Toun Adedoyin from West Africa, Princess Erika from Central Africa and Gallen TK Besson from East Africa.

The award ceremony was hosted by female vocalist, Angelique Kidjo, Miss South Africa 1997, Kerishnie Naiker and Alex Taylor, Head of Radio France Internationale.

The winners are:

Best group or artist from Southern Africa: Jabu Khaniyle from South Africa for THE PRINCE

Best group or artist from Central Africa: Tala Andre Marie from Cameroon for PIEGO HELA

Best group or artist from diaspora African American Music: Sisquo from USA for THONG SONG

Best group or artist from West Africa: Kojo Antwi from Ghana for ME DO FO PA

Best traditional artist King Mensah from Togo for FETOU

Best artist or group from North Africa Seba from Algeria for CHOUFT

Best artist or group from East Africa Jean Marc Volcy from Algeria

Best African Group Extra Musica from the DRC for AMNISTIE

Best African Video Lucky Dube from South Africa for THE WAY IT IS

Best African arrangement Bongo Maffin from South Africa for NDIPHENDULE

Most promising male artist Wanamah from the Ivory Coast for FARAFINA

Most promising female artist Zenzi from South Africa for RAIN

  • The partners of Kora 2000 are The Department on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology of the South African Government, the Government of the North West Province, Sun International, Air Afrique, Radio France International, Afrique Magazine, Drum Magazine, Khaya FM, Y FM, Bop Radio and GatrileÆs Restaurant.