Rema and Davido Shine Bright at 2023 Trace Awards in Kigali
On Saturday, October 21, 2023, the city of Kigali, Rwanda, was graced by the presence of some of the finest talents in the African music scene at the 2023 Trace Awards. This groundbreaking awards show, brought to life by the global TV and multimedia platform Trace, is dedicated to honoring the contributions of African and Afro-influenced musicians from both the African continent and the African diasporas.
The evening was a dazzling spectacle of musical artistry, featuring stellar performances by some of the industry’s top-tier artists. The likes of Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, and Diamond Platnumz set the stage on fire with their electrifying performances.
Rema, the “Calm Down” crooner, emerged as one of the night’s biggest winners, securing not one but two coveted awards. He clinched the Song of the Year title for his globally acclaimed hit, and in a delightful twist, he shared the Best Global African Artist award with Nomcebo, demonstrating the depth of his talent and international appeal.
Afrobeats sensation, Davido, also left his mark on the event by securing two prestigious accolades. He was named Best Male, a testament to his undeniable talent and charisma, and he shared the limelight with Musa Keys as they claimed the Best Collaboration award for their hit track “Unavailable.” In addition to these, Burna Boy took home the coveted Album of the Year award for “Love Damini,” solidifying his status as a musical powerhouse.
The night wasn’t just about recognizing outstanding musicians; it was also an occasion to celebrate those who have left an indelible mark on the industry. Legendary 2Face Idibia received a lifetime achievement award, a well-deserved tribute to his remarkable career. Mr. Eazi was honored with the Change Maker award, acknowledging his positive influence on the music landscape. The Best Global African Artist award, which was jointly awarded to Rema and Nomcebo, showcased the global reach and impact of their music.
The 2023 Trace Awards was more than just an awards show; it was a platform that highlighted and celebrated the extraordinary talent and achievements of African and Afro-influenced musicians, showcasing their pivotal role in the ever-evolving music industry.