Zouk star Suzanna Lubrano has urged African musicians from different parts of the continent to collaborate and help promote their music throughout the continent.
Suzanna called for the creation of “new pan-African music platforms, so that Cape Verdeans can crossover to the Burundi market, Senegalese can crossover to the Angolan market, and so on.”
She added: “African music is big, powerful, and here to conquer the world!!”
The Cape Verdean Zouk artist with a honey voice attended the Kora Awards ceremony on 31st December 2012 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Suzanna was nominated for the Best African Female Artist of West Africa Award but lost to the Nigerian singer Chidinha. She congratulated Chidinha for her “well deserved award.”
Suzanna won the Best African Female Artist Award at the Kora Awards in December 2003.
She said it was great to be at Kora Awards again, meeting so many artists and producers from countries as diverse as Burundi and Nigeria, Senegal and La Reunion, Central African Republic and Angola.
Kora Awards were originally scheduled to take place on 29th December 2012. The event was rescheduled to 31st December 2012 because Chris Brown, who was supposed to attend, did not get into the private jet that was chartered for him. He finally landed together with Rihanna in Abidjan in the morning but failed to show up at the Kora Awards.
Many African artists saw their failure to attend the ceremony as “an act of disrespect for African artists and African music,” Suzanna said, adding that “We African artists do not need Chris Brown to get recognition for our music around the world. We can do it ourselves!!”
She promised that together with other African artists, they “will continue to work on making African music big in Africa and around the world.”
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a