Over the past decade, South Africa has taken great strides in cementing her place as the dance music capital of not only Africa but arguably the world. Yet, dance music as a genre and culture had lacked its own set of awards to honour DJs, producers, artists and contributors of one of Mzansi’s biggest music genres. The Dance Music Awards South Africa seek to acknowledge and honour the contributions of the former mentioned key players in dance music. This year marks the second installment of the awards.
The DMASA are an audience-based awards event in which users get to nominate and vote for their preferred candidates purely through the DMASA website. This year’s nominations closed on the 17th August and the Top 5 nominees per category were announced on the 22nd August which also marked the beginning of the online voting process. 2018 sees the addition of a rather obvious category, Best Gqom Record of the Year, bringing the total number of categories to 20. Voting closes on the 19th September and the winners are due to be announced on the 27th September. The winners will then be invited to a private honorary dinner where they can collect their physical awards.
Cape Town’s resurgence within Mzansi’s dance music scene continues to be the order of this year as Capetonian Dwson leads the pack with four nominations – Album of the Year, Best House Record of the year, Best Underground Record of the year and Remix of the Year. Evidently, women are gradually taking their deserved placed within Mzansi’s dance music scene as, songstress and record label owner, Jackie Queens bagged four nominations as well – Best Female Vocalist of the Year, Best House Record of the Year, Best EDM Record and Remix of the Year. Black Coffee, Londie London, Kid Fonque and Cornelius SA aren’t far off the mark with three nominations each.
It seems 5FM is South Africa’s most favoured radio station of choice when it comes to dance music as the station dominated the Best Dance Radio Show category with three out of five nominations – Selective Styles with Kid Fonque, InDasWeTrust and The Kyle Cassim Show. The station will go face off with Metro FM’s Urban Beat and YFM’s #ThePlayersClub for the title of Best Dance Radio Show.
Through the DMASA one can look forward to seeing their favourite artists, producers and DJs getting recognised and rewarded for their efforts and sacrifices but this can only happen if and only if one votes. So head over to the DMASA website, sign-up and vote for your preferred winner over 20 categories.