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Johannesburg, South Africa – Tickets for the Trace Awards & Festival went on sale this past weekend  as they announced more stellar additions to the dazzling lineup for the. 

Presented by Visit Rwanda and Martell, the Trace Awards will take place at the BK Arena, Kigali, Rwanda on Saturday 21st of October 2023.

The new additions to the already star-studded line-up include South Africa’s finest Musa Keys, KO and Pabi Cooper alongside Nigerian headliners Fireboy DML, Yemi Alade, Olamide, BNXN, Moses Bliss, Show dem Camp and Mr Eazi.

Other artists include:

  • Azawi, Levixone and Uganda Ghetto Kid (Uganda)
  • Camidoh and Juls (Ghana)
  • Chriss Eazy (Rwanda)
  • Danni Gatto (Cape Verde)
  • DJ Illans (Reunion)
  • Donovan BTS (Mauritius)
  • Emma’a (Gabon)
  • GAEI (Madagascar)
  • Gerilson Insrael (Angola)
  • Goulam (The Comores)
  • Kader Japonais (Algeria)
  • Kalash (Martinique)
  • Krys M (Cameroon)
  • KS Bloom (Ivory Coast)
  • MIKL and Segael (Réunion)
  • Nadia Mukami (Kenya)

They will join previously announced performers and nominees 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), 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), Terrell Elymoor (Mayotte), The Compozers (Ghana) and Viviane Chidid (Senegal).

Additional performers will be announced prior to the event.

To mark its 20th anniversary, global music powerhouse and Afro-music tastemaker Trace is staging the Trace Awards at the BK Arena, Kigali, to celebrate the creativity, talent and influence of African and Afro-inspired music and artists.

For a full list of nominations, please click here.

The Trace Awards, showcases the excellence and diversity of Afro-centric music in genres such as 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 from more than thirty countries in Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Europe. 

Targeted at lovers of African and Afro-inspired music and culture, the Trace Awards will broadcast live on 21 October 2023 on Trace TV channels, radio and digital channels and on global streaming platforms, national terrestrial TV and satellite channels. The viewership and social interaction is expected to exceed 500 million fans in 190 countries.

Rwandan creativity and excellence are represented by the involvement of BK Arena, RwandAir and RBA as partners to the Trace Awards & Festival. Visitors to the Trace Awards and Festival in Rwanda are eligible for a 15 percent discount on their flight prices to Kigali using the code TRACE23.  

For more information about the Awards, follow Trace on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter YouTube or TikTok. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtags #TraceAwardsRwanda2023#TraceAwardsandFestival and #TraceAwardsTour

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