Trace Award 2023 Winners

Trace Awards 2023 Winners Full List

On October 21, 2023, the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, hosted the first Trace Awards 2023 to honor the originality, brilliance, and influence of African and Afro-inspired music and performers.

Trace is a global music powerhouse and Afro-music tastemaker. Afrocentric music in genres like Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Afro-pop, Mbalax, Amapiano, Zouk, Kizomba, Genge, Coupé Décalé, Bongo Flava, Soukous, Gospel, Rap, Rai, Kompa, R&B, and Rumba was showcased by more than 150 artists at the awards ceremony.

The awards show’s star-studded list of performers included Davido, Yemi Alade, Black Sherif, Kizz Daniel, and others. It was hosted by Angolan global supermodel Maria Borges and veteran Nigerian musician D’Banj.

Trace Awards Winners 2023

Trace Awards 2023 Winners 
Trace Awards Winners 2023

Stars like Davido, Burna Boy, Blxckie, Yemi Alade, Libianca, and DJ Maphorisa were among the nominees for this year. The 2023 Trace Award winners are listed below in case you missed it.

Trace Awards 2023 Winners List: Full List of 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 – Rema
  • Best Newcomer – Roseline Layo (Ivory Coast)
  • Best Collaboration – “Unavailable” – Davido (Nigeria) with Musa Keys (South Africa)

Trace Award 2023 Winners

  • 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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