Thursday, 5th October 2017 – Tonight saw the winners of the first official Dance Music Awards South Africa being announced at a prestigious closed ceremony in Boksburg, Ekhuruleni. Winners were voted for online by the South African public over the past few weeks. These favourites were recognised at an honouree dinner in their name last night, and attended by winners, their industry peers and selected media.
These awards were initially announced to the media in July 2017, where fans could nominate their top 5 favourites. This was followed by a finalist selection running for the past month online ending last week. The online votes were tallied up by an independent auditing company and the winners announced as below.
An additional award ‘Pioneers of House Award’, an award which pays homage and gives recognition to a legendary dance artist was also added to the list of winners.
And The Dance Music Awards South African Winners Are:
Jullian Gomes – Late Dreamer
Best Club/ Club Night
Best Dance Show
The Urban Beat – Metro FM
Best EDM Record
Das Kapital – Bend It
Best Female DJ
Best Female Artists
Ultra South Africa
Best House Record
Jullian Gomes – 1000 Memories
Best International DJ
Best International Producer
Babes Wodumo – Wololo
Best Live Act
Best Male DJ
Best Male Artist
Bucie Ft Black Motion – Rejoice
Best Record Label
Best Underground Record
Jazzuelle Ft Lazarusman – Don’t Forget Me
Compilation Of The Year
House Afrika Mzanzi 6
Remix Of The Year
Alicia Keys – In Common (Black Coffee Remix)
Pioneers Of House Award – Sandy Rivera – “Kings of Tomorrow”
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.