Zimbabwean star Oliver Mtukudzi has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Kora music awards, held in South Africa.
Mtukudzi's songs express political opposition
The vocal Mtukudzi, nicknamed Tuku, sings about many issues including politics, Aids and community problems.
He performed at the prestigious ceremony in his native tongue, Shona.
Mtukudzi was one of 20 African artists honoured, including George Okuki from Uganda, who won best male artist, and
Suzanna of Cape Verde won best female.
The ceremony was broadcast to more than 70 countries with an audience estimated at 140 million.
Viewers were given the opportunity to vote in the big categories, including best male and female African artists.
American R Kelly was awarded the best male artist of the African American diaspora and best video for Step in the Name of Love, but he was not present at the awards.