Togolese artists receive music awards

Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese artist Ras Ly won prizes for "most promising artist" and "hit of the year" with the song "Agbetiko" during the Togolese Cauris Music Award ceremony held Saturday night in Lome the capital of Togo.
In this first edition of the bi-annual event, the jury awarded the best album of the year to the Assou and Sevi Brothers, Afro Zouk musicians for their song "Mamie Jose.
" The ceremony was attended by several well-known artists such as rocker Jimi Hope, Togolese diva Afia Mala, Ivorian singer Monique Seka and the Sheela from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The director of the Cauris Award, Herve Pana, said that his ambition was to "reward musical excellence" in Togo by honouring artists who will have distinguished themselves through their talent.
The initiative was born in the wake of the discord between the promoters of Togo Music Awards (TMA), organised in 2000 by Roger Nang from Cameroon, and Herve Pana, who took over the organisation of the event in 2001.
Here is the list of the winners: - Best Choreography group: Carat boys group - Best Choir group: Chorale Saint-Jean de Dieu of Lome - Homage trophy (awarded for the promotion of local music): Amegan Afo Adetsi - Best promising artist: Ras Ly (reggae singer) for "Agbetiko" ("Life is Tiring" in Mina, a language spoken in the south of the country) - Best video clip: Dee Kwarrel (with the song "Blewu") - Patronage music trophy: awarded posthumously to the deceased Togolese/Lebanese singer Thomas Joseph Farah - Best Album of the year: Assou and Sevi Brothers for their album "Mamie Jose" - Hit of the year: Ras Ly for "Agbetiko"

17 février 2003 21:02:00

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