Tuesday, 28th August 2017 – Following the announcement of the highly anticipated second annual official Dance Music Awards South Africa last month, SA fans took to the internet to vote for the favourites over the past three weeks.
Submissions closed at the end of July with the top five nominees in each category finalised. These were officially announced online last week Wednesday. With a final selection that was held entirely online, these Dance Music Awards South Africa were managed as an audience-voted award event dedicated to South African dance music. Voting will be driven strictly by social media and online interaction via the official website, meaning no “panel” will dictate the nominees. With the fully transparent user voted award process, this gives the public the power to choose the award winners.
Last year’s winner Black Coffee takes the lead with three nominations this year with Best Male DJ, Best International DJ and Best International Producer. Following closely behind are Durban locals Distruction Boyz with two nominations in addition to a track feature. This includes two Best GQOM records – Madness ft Tipcee, the 2017 hit Omunye and a feature in hit track Dladla Mshunqisi in the same category.
‘With a total of 20 great categories this year, the public response has been phenomenal with almost double the number of votes than last year’ says Dance Music Awards South Africa’s rep Kyle Worde. ‘We have already seen a huge increase in social media interaction alone this year. Several of the artists have played a big role in encouraging their fans to vote which adds to their own popularity but also the awards’.
Voting closes on the 19th September.
The City of Ekurhuleni will host an honorary ceremony on Wednesday, 26th September at Birchwood Hotel, where all winners will be announced.
And The 2018 Dance Music Awards South African Nominees Are:
Best Male DJ
Best Female DJ
Best Live Act
Picat’s Italian Elegant Experience
Rock Da Shades
Best Music Video (From Dance Artist)
Londie London – He goes
Khubu feat. Ian H – Round n Round
Rabs Vhafuwi FT Zak Leigh – I’ll Be There
Jimmy Nevis – Stay in your lane
Sun-EL Musician – Sonini feat. Simmy & Lelo Kamau
Best Male Vocalist of the Year
Best Female Vocalist of the Year
Best Record Label
House Afrika Records
Just Move Records
Stay True Sounds
Compilation of The Year
House Afrika Mzansi House Vol.7
DJ Adee – Son of a Pitch
Stay True Sounds Beat series Vol.1
Das Kapital Presents Overtime Vol. 2
Matters Of House – Glen Lewis
Album of The Year
Dwson – Impulsiv
Da Capo – Indigo Child
Enosoul – In2Deep Volume 4
Sun-El Musician – Africa To The World
Rabs Vhafuwi – 9 Provinces
Remix of The Year
Hans Seance – Elanora (KaySoul Remix)
Cornelius SA feat. Jackie Queens – Feel It Now (Kususa Remix)
Kid Fonque & D-Malice ft. Khensy – Tshamiseka (Dwson Remix)
Babes Wodumo – Wololo (Remix) ft. D’Banj
Afro Warriors ft Toshi- Uyankenteza (Fka Mash Glitch Dub)
Best International DJ
Best International Producer
Best Club Night / Night Club
Pisto’s Lounge (CT)
Truth Night Club
Best House Record of the Year
DJ Ganyani Ft. Nomcebo – Emazulwini
Pierre Johnson – Movin’ on
Dwson – Forbidden (ft. Sio)
Londie London – He Goes
Cornelius SA feat. Jackie Queens – Feel It Now
Best Gqom Record of the Year
Da Fresh x Athie – Formation
Distruction Boyz- Madness ft Tipcee
Distruction Boyz – Omunye
Dladla Mshunqisi Ft Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira – Pakisha
Babes Wodumo – Ganda Ganda
Best EDM Record of the Year
Cinimin – You & Me ft. Amy Jones
Mark Stent ft Basel Grey – On our Knees
Das Kapital & Bart B More – Hit The Club [This Ain’t Bristol]
Dean Fuel – Loving Me Wrong
Cornelius SA feat. Jackie Queens – Feel It Now (Original Mix)
Best Underground Record of the Year
DJ Funky & DJ Lag – 3 Turns
Da Fresh x Athie – Formation
Pierre Johnson & !Sooks – Miles Away
Da Kruk ft. Lili K & Gaba Cannal – Magic
Apple Jazz ft. Slaga & Idelan – Amadlozi
Best Dance Radio Show Award
Urban Beat – Metro FM
5FM Selective Styles with Kid Fonque
InDasWeTrust (5FM) – Das Kapital
Kyle Cassim – The Kyle Cassim show, 5FM
Da Kruk on #ThePlayersClub (YFM)
For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/DMASouthAfrica/ and stay glued to our social media handles.
Created to acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists, the Dance Music Awards South African (DMASA) aims to award the hard working, publicly-recognized individuals who are pushing boundaries and driving South Africa’s thriving dance music industry forward.
The actual awards ‘ceremony’ will also be conducted online, where the winner will be announced in each category. This not only provides fans a chance to interact with artists/DJs around South Africa but also helps those artists/DJs gain recognition and prestige throughout a wider fan base and audience. The winners will then be invited to a private honorary dinner to collect their actual physical awards.
Furthermore, the DMASA also hopes to stimulate dialogue and create a forum for songwriters, performers and dance music musicians. Through this exchange the DMASA hopes to draw attention to the artists/DJ’s and ideas at work in the dance music industry and promote greater participation and recognition for South African dance music abroad.
The DMASA present an opportunity for music enthusiasts from around South Africa to celebrate their favourite DJs and/or artists by nominating or voting for them as a potential category winner.