December 2, 2023

The award ceremony will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from October 20-22, 2023.

By Hope Ibiale

The media company, Trace, has released the nominations list for its inaugural music awards ceremony, Trace Awards and Festival. The award ceremony will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from October 20-22, 2023. The award was created to celebrate Trace’s 20th anniversary and recognise the talent and creativity of African and Afro-inspired music and artistes.

The award ceremony will recognise a broad range of music genres, from Afrobeats to Dancehall, Afro-Pop, Mbalax, Amapiano, Zouk, Kizomba, Genge, Coupé Décalé, Bongo Flava, Soukous, Gospel, Rap, Kompa, R&B, and Rumba. Some of the nominated categories include Best Album, Song of the Year, Best DJ, Best Dancer, Best Gospel Artiste, Best Female Artiste, Best Male Artiste, Best UK Artiste, and many others. The winners in each category will walk away with a trophy designed by Congolese sculptor and designer, Dora Prevost. 

Trace awards and festival
Trace Awards and Festival

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Olivier Laouchez, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Trace, commented, “The Trace Awards is our way of celebrating the artistry, vision, and impact of musicians and other leaders in the urban cultural landscape with an out-of-this-world ceremony that highlights and rewards their success and influence both in Africa and on the world stage.”

The award ceremony, targeted at music lovers worldwide, will be broadcast live on Trace channels, currently available in 180 countries worldwide. The ceremony will also feature a 2-day cultural festival. 

Check the full nominations list here

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