South African artist Thandiswa Mazwai and the Congo's Werrason were among the big winners at the Kora All-Africa Music Awards, held Dec. 12 at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Center.

South African artist Thandiswa Mazwai and the Congo's Werrason were among the big winners at the Kora All-Africa Music Awards, held Dec. 12 at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Center.

Thandiswa took home trophies for best female African artist and best female artist from southern Africa for her album "Zabalaza" (Gallo). Werrason was named best male African artist and best male artist from central Africa.

Founded in 1994, the pan-African music awards recognize musicians from around the continent and the diaspora. Usher was named best African male diaspora (U.S.), and France's Kaysha won best artist (Europe-Caribbean).

Other winners included South Africa's Kabelo Mabelane, who took best male artist from southern Africa; Kenya's Big Pin, who was named best male artist from east Africa; Guinea's Kamaldine, best female artist from west Africa; and Nigeria's Kunle, who triumphed as best male artist from west Africa.

South African solo artist Zola saw his video "Don't Cry" named best African video, along with Reggie Rockstone's "Ah."

The winners were decided by African music industry professionals.

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