2003 Kora All African Music Awards, Winners Announced

Sandton, South Africa – The list of winners of the
KORA All African Music Awards
was announced last night, Saturday, December 6th at the Sandton Convention
Center in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa. African musicians from
around the world were recognized for their artistic accomplishments. Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi received a lifetime achievement award.

Here is the
complete list of winners: Best Artist – West Africa – Male

Kojo Antwi – Nfa Me Nko Ho – Ghana

Best Artist – West Africa – Female

Suzanna – Nha Sonho sonho – Cape Verde

Best Artist – East Africa – Male

George Okudi – Wipolo – Uganda

 Best Artist – East Africa – Female

Chamsia Sagaf – Loléya – Comores

Best Artist – Central Africa – Male

Douleur – Gloire aux femmes – Cameroon

 Best Artist – Central Africa – Female

1 Mbilia Bel – Welcome Mbilia bel – R.D. Congo

2 Tshala Muana – Malu – R.D. Congo

Best Artist – Southern Africa – Male

Oliver Mtukudzi – Hear Me Lord – Zimbabwe

 Best Artist – Southern Africa – Female

Busi Mhlongo – Umthwalo – South Africa

 Best Artist Or Group Traditional

Machesa Traditional Group – Tshipidi – Botswana

Best African Group

1 Quartier Latin – Affaire D’ Etat — D.R. Congo

2 Anti-Palu – Deni – Ivory Coast

Best African Video

Jeff Maluleke – Mambo – South Africa

 Best African Arrangement

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Zibuyile Izinkomo – South

Best African Gospel Female Artist

Rebecca – Iyahamba Lenqola – South Africa

Best African Gospel Male Artist

Lundi – Lundi – South Africa

Best African Gospel Group

Notre Dame de la Salette – Tata Lekumu – Gabon 

Most Promising African Female Artist

Barbara Kanam – Bibi Madeleine – D.R. Congo.

 Most Promising African Male Artist

Jean-Paul Samputu – Ange Noir – Rwanda


Most Promising African Group

Macase – Ojem – Cameroon

Revelation Of The Year

Eben & Family – L’hymne – Gabon 

Most Promising Artist of the African American Diaspora

Ludacris – Stand up – U.S.A. 

Best Female Artist of the African American Diaspora

Angie Stone – Brotha – U.S.A. 

Best Male Artist of the African American Diaspora

R Kelly – Step in the name of love – U.S.A.

Best Video of the African American Diaspora

R Kelly – Step in the name of love – U.S.A.

Life Time Achievement Award

Oliver Mtukudzi
– Zimbabwe 

Europe/ Caribbean Diaspora

Avalon – D.R. Congo – Sweden

Special Judge Award

Soumbil  and Notre Dame de la salette Ivory
Coast and Gabon

 Previous winners for the 2002 KORA Awards have included
Hugh Masekela for Best African Musician, Alicia Keys for Best African American
Diaspora Artist, and Koffi Olomide’ who won the KORA Award in several

The Kora Awards and EMI/CCP Records
launched a 16 track Compilation CD earlier this year, which is a selection of
the finest tracks performed by previous winners of the KORA.

[Photo of Oliver Mtukudzi].

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.