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Global music powerhouse and Afro-music tastemaker, Trace held its inaugural Trace Awards 2023 on October 21, 2023, at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, to celebrate the creativity, talent, and influence of African and Afro-inspired music and artists.

trace awards 2023

About Trace Awards 2023

More than 150 artists were nominated in the awards ceremony, which showcased 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.

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Nigerian music veteran D’Banj alongside Angolan global supermodel Maria Borges, featured a star-studded lineup of performers, including DavidoYemi AladeBlack Sherif, Kizz Daniel and more.

This year’s nominees included stars like Davido, Burna BoyBlxckie, Yemi Alade, Libianca, and DJ Maphorisa, among others. If you weren’t able to tune in, here are the winners of the Trace Awards 2023.

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Trace Awards 2023 Winners

Best Music Video

“Baddie” Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best Artist France & Belgium

Tayc (France)

Best Producer

Tam Sir (Ivory Coast)

Best Artist North Africa

Dystinct (Morocco)

Best Artist UK

Central Cee

Best Artist Indian Ocean

Goulam (Comoros)

Best Artist Francophone Africa

Didi B (Ivory Coast)

Best DJ

Michael Brun (Haiti)

Best Gospel Artist

KS Bloom (Ivory Coast)

Best Artist The Caribbean

Rutshelle Guillaume (Haiti)

Best Artist Anglophone Africa

Asake (Nigeria)

Best Global African Artist


Best Newcomer

Roseline Layo (Ivory Coast)

Best Collaboration

“Unavailable” – Davido (Nigeria) with Musa Keys (South Africa)

Best Dancer

Robot Boii (South Africa)

Best Artist Lusophone Africa

Lisandro Cuxi (Cape Verde)

Changemaker Trace Award

Mr Eazi (Nigeria)

Best Live

Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Lifetime Achievement Award

2Baba (Nigeria)

Album of the Year

“Love Damini” – Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Best Female Artist

Viviane Chidid (Senegal)

Best Male Artist

Davido (Nigeria)

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