Rwandan artists set to shine at Trace Awards

Rwandan artists set to shine at Trace Awards

Rwandan talents in music, entertainment, fashion, food, design, photography, arts & crafts among others are set to shine at Trace Awards and Festival from October 20-22 at Kigali Convention & Exhibition Village.

Rwandan artistes scheduled to perform at the festival include Bruce Melodie, Mike Kayihura, Kivumbi King, Ish Kevin, Shemi, Michael Makembe Angell Mutoni, Kenny K Shot, Maestro Boomin, Rwandan-French rapper Tsonpa, Boy Chopper, DJ Hottempah, DJ Iraa, DJ Higa & DJ Rusam and DJ Tyga.

Olivier Lauchez, CEO and co-founder of Trace while addressing the local headliners of Trace Festival, highlighted that it is unfortunate that they could not nominate all of them; however, they have a chance to perform at the festival and make possible connections.

“The festival is to showcase the excellence of African music and Rwanda is among East African countries with good artistes that we are happy to show to the rest of the continent. During the festival we will implement new innovations and a new platform,” Lauchez highlighted.

On Friday, October 20, the festival will kick off with a private welcome party and performance at KCEV, and artistes will also grace the red carpet on the day of the awarding ceremony, Saturday, October 21.

Asked about what it takes to pay an artiste, he said it is a process where they register on the website and sign a contract.

Artistes set for Friday’s lineup will be Bruce Melodie, Ish Kevin, Maestro Booming, Kenny K Shot and Mike Kayihura among others. On Saturday’s schedule Angell Mutoni, Boy Chopper, DJ Higa and Rusam among others will entertain music lovers while Sunday’s performers are DJ Ira, Michael Makembe, Boukuru, Kivumbi King and Shemi.

Entrance fee to the festival is Rwf5, 000 for adults and Rwf2.5, 000 for students per day.

Launched in 2003, Trace is the first multimedia and digital platform in the world solely devoted to Afro-Urban music and cultures, as well as to the success of young people and artistes. Trace reaches more than 350 million fans in 180 countries.





Johnson NDEKEZI is a Journalist covering all topics in the Entertainment World as well as Political and current Affairs.

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