All four Ghana representatives at the 12 edition of the KORA Music Awards, held over the weekend in Cote D Ivoire, failed to win in their respective categories. Nacy and his Skulfuo group failed to win the award for best Male Gospel Artiste while Fuse ODG, who was nominated in the Best Male West Africa category, couldn’t beat his competitors to it. Best Male Traditional category nominees Agya Koo Nimo and out-of-form Kologo singer King Ayisoba also failed to win.
The Kora Awards finally took place Sunday night in Abidjan, after string of hitches, which the organizers say was due to a heavy downpour, delays in the delivery of musical equipment and the late arrival of star artiste, Chris Brown.
Brown finally arrived in Abidjan on Sunday morning with his girlfriend Rihanna, early enough for the peace concert and the award night.
“But he never made the award night, where he had been billed to perform. And he initially refused to perform at the Peace Concert because the stadium was half empty,” news sources say.
Summary of other Award Winners:
Magic System - Best African group of the year
DJ Arafat - Best African Artiste
Chidinma - Best Female Act West Africa
Cheb Khaled - Best North African Artiste
Sexion d’Assaut – African diaspora in Europe
Patience Dabany - Woman of the Year
Mounira Mitchala - Best Central African Artiste
Davido - Best Male Newcomer
The KORA Awards was founded in 1994 by Ernest Adjovi, a businessman from the Republic of Benin.
The 2012 KORA Awards was supported by RTI, MTN, Coca-Cola Zero, Yeshi Group, CFI, District O’Abidjan, Nostalgie, Air France, Sococe, Medi@Store and Hotel Ivoire.