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Kora Awards

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Awarded for
Outstanding musical achievement in sub-Saharan Africa

The KORA All Africa Music Awards are music awards given annually for musical achievement in sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1994 by Ernest Adjovi, they are comparable to the American Grammy Awards in intent. The award is named after the kora, a West African plucked chordophone.


Since its inception, the KORA Awards has been staged twelve times on the African Continent. For the first ten years, the ceremony has taken place in South Africa. It has since moved to Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire. In 2015 the awards reached a permanent agreement to host the awards in Namibia. This agreement came to nothing after the awards failed to take place in 2016. Founder Adjovi skipped the country with about N$24 million which the Namibia Tourism Board had advanced him for broadcast exposure during the show that never happened. The Namibian authorities have launched legal action in an attempt to recoup the money.

West Africa

  • Best Traditional Artiste: King Mensah (Togo)
  • Best West African Female: Kamaldine (Guinea)
  • Best West African Male: Kunle (Nigeria)
  • Best African Group: JJC&419 Squad (Nigeria)
  • Best African Video: Reggie Rockstone (Ghana)
  • Best Gospel Group: Schekina (Ivory Coast)
  • Promising Male Artist: Madson Junior (Burkina Faso)
  • East Africa

  • Best East African Female: Achieng Abura (Kenya)
  • Best East African Male: Big Pin (Kenya)
  • Best Gospel Male Artist: DNG (Kenya)
  • Best East African Female: Tsedenia Gebremarkos (Ethiopia)
  • Best East African female: (Aster Awake) Ethiopian
  • Best East African Male: Teddy afro (Ethiopian)
  • Central Africa

  • Best Central African Male: Félix Wazekwa (DRC) & Werrason (DRC)
  • Best Male African Artist: Werrason (DRC)
  • Promising Female Artist: Dinaly (Cameroon)
  • Southern Africa

  • Best S.A. Male Artist: Kabelo Mabalane (South Africa)
  • Best S.A. Female Artist: Thandiswa Mazwai (South Africa)
  • Best African Group: Malaika (South Africa)
  • Best Gospel Female: Deborah Fraser (South Africa)
  • Best Traditional Group: Mahube (South Africa)
  • Promising Female Artist: Swazi (South Africa)
  • Best African Video: Zola (South Africa)
  • Best Arrangement: Wanda Baloyi (South Africa)
  • Revelation of the Year: Malaika (South Africa)
  • Best African Female: Thandiswa Mazwai (South Africa)
  • West Africa

  • Best Reggae Artist of Africa: King Wadada (Nigeria)
  • Diaspora

  • Best America African Diaspora: Usher (U.S.)
  • Best Europe African Diaspora: Kaysha (France)
  • References

    Kora Awards Wikipedia

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