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Diamond Platnumz and Zuchu join Nigeria’s Davido for the Maiden Trace Music Awards in Kigali Rwanda

Teen dreamboat, Diamond Platnumz is jetting into Rwanda for the prestigious Trace Awards.

The Tanzanian Bongo Flava legend and East Africa’s music industry veteran is being accompanied by two of the region’s emerging artists, Zuchu and Jux.

An official statement from the Trace Awards organizers as well as Visit Rwanda and Martell, has confirmed the artists participation at the event in Kigali.

The first ever Trace Awards will take place at the BK Arena, in the Rwandan Capital of Kigali on 21 October 2023.

Diamond Platnumz, Zuchu and fellow performers are thus joining a glittering lineup of artists that brings together more than 50 stars from around Africa and the African diaspora.

Some of the artists who get to perform at the Trace Awards include the famous Davido from Nigeria, Bamby of French Guiana, as well as Blxckie and Benjamin Dube both from South Africa.

Others are Chriss Eazy, Bruce Melodie and Bwiza, these are from the host country of Rwanda, then we have Didi B and Josey both from Ivory Coast, Dystinct of Morocco and Janet Otieno from Kenya), Josey.

There is also Lisandro Cuxi and Soraia Ramos both from Cape Verde, Locko (Cameroon), Perola (Angola), Plutonio (Mozambique), Princess Lover (Martinique), Ronisia (France) and Rutshelle Guillaume (Haïti).

Trace Awards 2023 also features, Terrell Elymoor (Mayotte), The Compozers (Ghana), Viviane Chidid (Senegal), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Mr Eazi (Nigeria), Azawi (Uganda), BNXN (Nigeria), Camidoh (Ghana) and Danni Gatto (Cape Verde).

The stage will also have DJ Illans (Reunion), Donovan BTS (Mauritius), Emma’a (Gabon), Gaei (Madagascar), Gerilson Insrael (Angola) and Goulam (The Comores).

On the performing list again there is 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 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 26 award categories are 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.

The show also goes live 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.