Winners Announced for Kora All Africa Music Awards 2001

Published November 4th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The sixth annual Kora All Africa Music Awards was held at the Sun City Superbowl in South Africa on Saturday night to honor outstanding achievement in the African music industry, according to AFP. 

The awards recognize 15 categories of outstanding achievement. 

The following is the list of winners: 

Best Artist - North Africa: Rhany 

Best Artist - East Africa: Sandra Mayotte 

Best Artist - Southern Africa: Mandoza 

Best Artist - West Africa: Coumba Gawlo 

Best Artist - Central Africa: Werrason 

Best Artist - European Diaspora and the 

the Caribbean: Ludo 

Best Artist - Diaspora Latin America: Tupi Nago 

Best Artist - African American Diaspora: BeBe Winans 

Best Africa Traditional Artist - Gbessi Zolawadji (Benin) 

Best Arrangement - Miriam Makeba (South Africa) Best Video - Sawt El Atlas (Morocco) 

Most promising African female artist - Rokia Traore (Mali) 

Most promising African male artist - Ernie Smith (South Africa) 

Best African Group - Bongo Maffin (South Africa) 

Judges special awards - Brenda Fassie and Awilo Longomba. 

Founded in 1994 by Ernest Adjovi, chairman of the Kora Awards and current executive producer, the awards were first broadcast to 45 countries in Africa in 1996. The total television audience for the live broadcast is estimated at 380 million viewers — from 45 African countries, 28 European nations and nine countries in Asia. 

For the first time this year, Kora All Africa Music Awards was seen in North America following broadcast agreement between Kora Entertainment Southern Africa and Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Jazz and BET International, broadening the audience even further. 

The Arab World is linked to African countries by musical traditions, with key musicians and leading singers hailing from and drawing inspiration from places like Sudan – 

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