Sensational Lineup Unveiled for the Trace Awards 2023

The lineup for the highly-anticipated Trace Awards 2023 has been unveiled, featuring a dazzling array of African and Afro-inspired music talents. This inaugural event, set to take place in Kigali, Rwanda, promises an electrifying live experience for fans worldwide.

Africa’s Hottest Talents Set to Shine at Inaugural Music Extravaganza in Kigali, Rwanda

Fans of African and Afro-inspired music are buzzing with excitement as Trace, a leading global music authority, announces the first set of performers for the Trace Awards. The event is set to showcase musical talents from Africa and the Afro-inspired genre on an international stage. Among the standout artists in the lineup are Davido (representing Nigeria), Dystinct (Morocco), Tayc, Blxckie, Ronisia, and Rutshelle Guillaume, to name a few.

The anticipation for the Trace Awards is palpable as music enthusiasts from across the globe eagerly await this star-studded live event. The roster includes an impressive array of artists such as Davido (Nigeria), Asake (Nigeria), Bamby (French Guiana), Benjamin Dube (South Africa), Black Sherif (Ghana), Blxckie (South Africa), Bruce Melodie (Rwanda), Bwiza (Rwanda), Didi B (Ivory Coast), Dystinct (Morocco), Janet Otieno (Kenya), Josey (Ivory Coast), Kalash (Martinique), Kizz Daniel (Nigeria), Lisandro Cuxi (Cape Verde), Locko (Cameroon), Mikl (Reunion), Perola (Angola), Plutonio (Mozambique), Princess Lover (Martinique), Ronisia (France), Rutshelle Guillaume (Haïti), Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde), Tayc (France), Terell Elymoor (Mayotte), and Viviane Chidid (Senegal). Additional performers will be revealed in the coming days.

The Trace Awards will also feature the influential UK-based Afrobeat band, The Compozers, who are not only concert headliners but also nominees for “Best Live.” They will serve as the house band for this prestigious event in Kigali.

Sponsored by Visit Rwanda and Martell, a Pernod Ricard brand known for its premium cognac, the Trace Awards will be held at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, on October 21, 2023. A purpose-built stage will set the scene for this exclusive event, which will be attended by 7,000 lucky music fans.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Trace, a global music powerhouse and tastemaker in the Afro-music genre, has organized the Trace Awards as a tribute to the creativity, talent, and influence of African and Afro-inspired music artists. Over 150 artists have been nominated for various awards at the Trace Awards.

The Trace Awards will showcase the richness and diversity of Afro-centric music across multiple genres, including Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Afro-pop, Mbalax, Amapiano, Zouk, Kizomba, Genge, Coupé Décalé, Bongo Flava, Soukous, Gospel, Rap, Rai, Kompa, R&B, and Rumba. Competing in 25 award categories are platinum-selling artists hailing from more than thirty countries in Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and Europe.

Targeting fans of African and Afro-inspired music and culture, the Trace Awards will be broadcast live on October 21, 2023, on Trace TV channels, radio, digital platforms, global streaming services, national terrestrial TV, and satellite channels. The event is expected to reach over 500 million viewers and engage fans across 190 countries.

Rwandan creativity and excellence are proudly represented through partnerships with BK Arena, RwandAir, and RBA in support of the Trace Awards & Festival

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