The KORA All-Africa Music Awards are officially open for entries from musicians from across the African continent and the diaspora; the 1st music awards ceremony to celebrate excellence in musical artistry in Africa and the diaspora, the KORA Awards are set to take place on the 13th of December, 2015, in Windhoek, Namibia. Featuring 27 categories across regions and genres, there is a monetary reward associated with each trophy, with the main prize, “Best Artist of the Continent,” receiving a grand prize of $1 million.
To be eligible for the “Best Artist of the Continent” trophy, an artiste must have been voted the best of their region on the continent; the financial reward will only be given to award-winners who are in attendance at the awards ceremony – absent artistes will be awarded the trophy alone.
The eligibility requirements for the KORA All-Africa Music Awards 2015 are as follows:
1. KORA Awards are opened to all musicians, singers of Africa and it’s diaspora living on the continent or abroad.
2. The competition includes several awards – each artiste may enrol in one or more categories of their choice.
3. The song or songs participating in the competition must have been published between January 1st, 2014 and July 15th , 2015.
4. The songs must be of quality, must not be damaged and must be readable on any drive.
5. The artiste, author, or composer of the titles in competition must submit his/her application[s] to the KORA Awards’ Team on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org – the submissions deadline is the 20th of July, 2015.
6. Formal, written authorization must be sent to KORA Awards Committee; this authorization should communicate consent that the KORA Awards can use the artiste’s image, videos, music and biography for promotion of the KORA’s 2015 edition. This letter must be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application must include the following elements:
a.) Digital version of the album.
b.) Two  high-resolution color publicity photographs in .jpeg format [ideally between 500KB and 2MB’s] – NOT passport or ID photograph.
c.) A biography in French, English and Portuguese.
d.) Digital copy of the video [High Quality]
KORA All-Africa Music Awards: Categories & Prizes
1. Best Male Artiste – West Africa: $50,000
2. Best Female Artiste – West Africa: $50,000
3. Best Male Artiste – East Africa: $50,000
4. Best Female Artiste – East Africa: $50,000
5. Best Male Artiste – Central Africa: $50,000
6. Best Female Artiste – Central Africa: $50,000
7. Best Male Artiste – Southern Africa: $50,000
8. Best Female Artiste – Southern Africa: $50,000
9. Best Male Artiste – North Africa: $50,000
10. Best African Group: $20,000
11. Best Male Artiste – Spiritual Music: $20,000
12. Best Female Artiste – Spiritual Music: $20,000
13. Best Group – Spiritual Music: $20,000
14. Best Traditional Music Artiste – Male: $20,000
15. Best Traditional Music Artiste – Female: $20,000
16. Best Traditional Music Group of Africa: $20,000
17. Most Promising Artiste – Male: $20,000
18. Most Promising Artiste – Female: $20,000
19. Best Artiste of the African Diaspora: $20,000
20. Best Video of the Year: $20,000
21. Best Collaboration of the Year: $20,000
22. Best Album of the Year: $20,000
23. Legend Award: $50,000
24. Best Hip-Hop Artiste: $20,000
25. Best Urban Music Artiste: $20,000
26. Most Downloaded Song of the Year: $20,000
Best Artist of the Continent: $1,000,000
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