Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 06:27 GMT 07:27 UK
Fassie and Kuti take the prize
Michael Jackson used the opportunity to present a cheque to Nelson Mandela
The South African singer, Brenda Fassie and the Nigerian bandleader, Femi Kuti, are the new queen and king of African music.
They topped the 1999 Kora All Africa Music Awards at Sun City, northwest of Johannesburg.
The lavish prize-giving ceremony was attended by 3,000 people including former South African president Nelson Mandela and pop star Michael Jackson, a frequent visitor to South Africa.
Son of a famous father
Femi Kuti is only the latest member of a distinguished family of musicians and activists to achieve fame in Nigeria and throughout Africa.
His grandmother was a leader in the campaign against British colonialism, while his father, Fela Kuti, was a legendary singer in his own right.
Now Femi is successfully forging his own career. He has taken his father's musical style, and depending on your point of view, made it more accessible to an international audience, or else, drained it of some its original energy.
His style is Afrobeat - a fusion of west African rhythms with American jazz.
A colourful, outgoing character, she has been controversial throughout her career.
Best group in Africa went to Bisso Na Bisso from Congo-Brazzaville, and Nigui Saff from the Ivory Coast took the award for the best traditional music on the continent.
The Kora All Africa Music Awards have been awarded for four years. They are an acknowledgement of the best performers on the continent and celebrate the diversity of African music and culture across the globe.
The 1999 Kora All Africa Music Awards