The awards, celebrating African and Afro-inspired music, will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, on October 21, 2023, featuring various genres such as Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Afro-pop, and more.
Artists from over thirty countries will compete in 22 categories, with winners receiving Trace Awards Trophies designed by Congolese sculptor Dora Prevost.
Ghana’s Black Sherif received two nominations, while Camidoh is nominated for Song of The Year. Female artists are recognized across categories, and diverse music from the African diasporas is also acknowledged. South Africa’s Benjamin Dube competes in the Best Gospel Singer category. Rwandan artists feature prominently, along with Tanzanian and Ugandan acts.
South African artists, including K.O, Musa Keys, and Blxckie, also earned nominations, as did Uncle Waffles from Swaziland. Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco are represented in the North African category, while Francophone music and artists received 10 nominations, including Didi B from Ivory Coast and Libianca from Cameroon. Fally Ipupa from the DRC scored nominations in two categories.