Kenyan singers Nadia Mukami and Janet Otieno are the only Kenyans on the inaugural Trace Awards nomination list. The Trace Awards are a product of the global music powerhouse, Trace. The awards aim to celebrate African music excellence and mark Trace’s 20th anniversary.

Nadia Mukami has been nominated in the Best Female category, going head-to-head with Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, Tiwa Savage, Josey from Ivory Coast, Sordia Ramos from Cape Verde, and Viviane Chidid from Senegal.

Nadia has been making her global presence felt. She was in Coke Studio where she collaborated with other African artists. Nadia was also recently nominated for the AFRIMMA Best Female East Africa category alongside Nikita Kering and Fena Gitu.

Janet Otieno has been nominated in the Trace Best Gospel Artist category. She goes head-to-head with Benjamin Dube from South Africa, KS Bloom from Ivory Coast, Levixone from Uganda, and Moses Bliss from Nigeria.

The Napokea Kwako singer is the only female gospel artist in the category. She shared her excitement for the nomination on her social media pages.

“My heart is full of gratitude for the honor of being nominated in the inaugural Trace Awards. The recognition means more to me than words can express, and I wanted to take a moment to extend my sincere thanks to Trace TV.”

The Trace Awards has 22 categories and has nominated artists from over 30 nations across the globe. The awards are set to take place in Rwanda on the 21st of October as part of a three-day Trace Awards and Festival that starts on Friday 20th October.

The awards are set to have a huge audience with 7500 including musicians, leaders, and influencers expected to be in attendance at Kigali’s BK Arena. The viewership and interaction is expected to attract more than 500 million fans in 190 countries.


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