Musician Janet Otieno to make history at Trace Awards

The award ceremony is set to go down in Kigali, Rwanda, on 21 October 2023

Janet Otieno
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Gospel singer Janet Otieno will be among the performers in the star-studded lineup for the Trace Awards. The award ceremony is set to go down in Kigali, Rwanda,  on 21 October 2023.

African and Afro-inspired musicians from around the globe are set to perform at the spectacular live event. Among the music stars on the lineup are 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) and Viviane Chidid (Senegal). 

Influential UK-based Afrobeat band, concert headliners and “Best Live” nominees The Compozers will also be heading to Kigali as the house band to the Trace Awards.

The Trace Awards will take place at the BK Aren. Seven thousand music fans will have the opportunity to experience the live event, which will be presented on a purpose-built stage.

The aim is to celebrate the creativity, talent and influence of African and Afro-inspired music and artists. More than 150 artists have been nominated in the Trace Awards. 

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.