Kora awards set for March next year

27 Nov 2015 07:50am
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The Kora All-Africa Music Awards will be held in Windhoek on 20 March 2016.
A media statement issued by Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta on Tuesday said the event will form part of Namibia’s 26th Independence Day celebrations which fall on 21 March.
Founded in 1994 by Ernest Adjovi, the awards are the African continent’s premier award ceremony in the musical arts and are comparable to the American Grammy Awards in intent.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in collaboration with the ministries of Education, Arts and Culture; and Information and Communication Technology have entered into a partnership with the Kora Awards.
Shifeta said this partnership is largely informed by Government’s belief that the creative industries play a key role in contributing to the economy and in so doing, furthering the poverty alleviation agenda through tourism, the cultural arts and the creative industries.
“As part of the process of delivering the event, it is our belief that the Kora Awards will provide a strategic tourism drive, a skills transfer programme, a local procurement strategy, as well as an innovative revenue-generating and local business support programme through music and telecommunications that dovetail perfectly with the nation’s economic development strategy,” he noted.
Shifeta added that the Kora Awards also present a unique opportunity for public-private partnership to jointly collaborate in the delivery of a landmark event, and as such, encourage role-players in the private sector to explore partnership opportunities with the event.
The awards are named after the kora, a west-African plucked chordophone - a musical instrument that makes sound by way of a vibrating string or strings stretched between two points.