Tanzanian Bongo Flava legend and music industry veteran, Diamond Platnumz, will grace the Trace Awards & Festival 2023 in Rwanda alongside two emerging East African talents, Zuchu and Jux. This exciting announcement comes from Trace, Visit Rwanda, and Martell.
The inaugural Trace Awards is set to dazzle at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda on October 21, 2023. Tickets for this prestigious event are now available at www.ticqet.rw.
Diamond Platnumz and the other performers will join a star-studded lineup that unites over 50 artists from across Africa and the African diaspora. The impressive roster includes Davido (Nigeria), Bamby (French Guiana), Benjamin Dube (South Africa), Blxckie (South Africa), Bruce Melodie (Rwanda), Bwiza (Rwanda), Didi B (Ivory Coast), Dystinct (Morocco), Janet Otieno (Kenya), Josey (Ivory Coast), Lisandro Cuxi (Cape Verde), Locko (Cameroon), Perola (Angola), Plutonio (Mozambique), Princess Lover (Martinique), Ronisia (France), Rutshelle Guillaume (Haïti), Soraia Ramos (Cape Verde), Terrell Elymoor (Mayotte), The Compozers (Ghana), Viviane Chidid (Senegal), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Azawi (Uganda), BNXN (Nigeria), Camidoh (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), Juls (Ghana), Kader Japonais (Algeria), Krys M (Cameroon), K.O (South Africa), KS Bloom (Ivory Coast), Levixone (Uganda), Mik’l (Réunion), Moses Bliss (Nigeria), Musa Keys (South Africa), Nadia Mukami (Kenya), Pabi Cooper (South Africa), Segael (Réunion), and Show dem Camp (Nigeria).
The Trace Awards will showcase the excellence and diversity of Afro-centric music spanning various 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.
Artists from more than thirty countries across Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and Europe are vying for honors in 26 award categories. For the complete list of nominations, please click here.
Catering to lovers of African and Afro-inspired music and culture, the Trace Awards will be broadcast live on October 21, 2023, across Trace TV channels, radio and digital channels, as well as on global streaming platforms, national terrestrial TV, and satellite channels. The event is anticipated to reach a viewership and social media engagement exceeding 500 million fans in 190 countries.