Sierra Leone’s prominent figure in the world of Hip-hop, Amara Dennis Turay, widely recognized as Kao Denero, has garnered a remarkable achievement by securing a nomination for the prestigious AFRICAN RAP AWARDS. Notably, Kao Denero also holds the esteemed position of being Sierra Leone’s entertainment ambassador.

Set to unfold from the 7th to the 10th of September 2023 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this upcoming event is poised to revolve around the overarching theme: “African Hip Hop, a heritage to preserve.” The driving force behind the event lies in the promotion of African culture, with a particular emphasis on Burkina Faso’s cultural identity. A pivotal aspect of the event’s mission is to provide a platform for the growth and recognition of African artists, especially those who find their artistic expression within the realm of rap.

The African Rap Awards (ARA) encompasses five distinct nomination categories, each contributing to the celebration and acknowledgment of talent within the African rap sphere. These categories include “Best African Rapper,” “Best Local Language Rapper,” “African Rap Hope,” “Best Freestyler Rapper,” and also extend to the recognition of individuals who have played a pioneering role in the rap scene of Burkina Faso.

Central to the essence of the AFRICAN RAP AWARDS project is its resolute aim to honor the trailblazers who laid the foundation for African Rap, while also commending those who continue to captivate audiences alongside the present generation. It stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who have elevated the art form to unprecedented heights, inspiring emerging talents in the African Rap scene to pursue their creative passions with unwavering dedication. Intrinsic to its purpose is the encouragement for the nascent generation of African Rap artists to embrace their potential wholeheartedly, fostering a belief in their ability to shape the future of the genre.