Dance Music Awards SA have announced their nominees

What do you think of the list of nominees?

Earlier this year it was announced that an awards ceremony for electronic music exclusively would be launched right here in South Africa to celebrate our very talented local producers and DJ’s. The news was memorably met with apprehension – will it be of quality? Will it be credible? Will it be biased? Well, Dance Music Awards SA decided to apparently leave that all up to the public through online voting and guess what, the nominees have officially been announced…

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not making any accusations but I’m rather concerned with some of these peculiar results. Could it be that our local voters have lost their mind, maybe somethings jammed in their voting machine or Capetownians and die hard ravers simply didn’t vote at all – the latter would break my heart by the way…

So Toy Toy gets nominated as “Best Club” in SA, smoothly followed by Electric Cirus. The only problem is these aren’t clubs mate, they’re events hosted at the clubs AND & Truth. The ability to categorise awards, I would think, is not only basic but crucial to this thing you’re trying to do. Not to mention you missed a heavyweight in the clubbing scene – ERA, and believe me this club was not hard to miss. Research needs to be done in order to ensure quality of the awards itself.

And admittedly, I’m not a big fan of the current top 5 male and female DJ’s on this list of nominees either… I mean really. Sure you’ll all shout and cry, “EACH TO HIS OWN”, “F*CK YOU!”  but I just can’t help feeling like so many are missing here – yes, I understand the fan based submissions but we’re losing the essence of what the awards should stand for. I’d love to hear from you guys on the top male and female DJ’s YOU feel are deserving of the title here. Let me know in the comments section, I’m rather curious.

Surely it should have been best Kwaito / GQOM releases of the year, unless I’m mistaken.

Voting is still open by the way, there are no judges and all interaction for this DMASA platform is done via social media – perhaps this article will get you suckers voting and maybe drive this machine in the right direction.

Check out the current results right here and maybe give your two cents, or not. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated.


Best Male DJ

  • Kyle Watson
  • Chunda Munki
  • DJ Shimza
  • Black Coffee
  • Kyle Cassim

Best Female DJ

  • Abby Nurock
  • DJ Zinhle
  • Lady Lea
  • SimStar
  • Lady Sakhe

Best Producer

  • Jazzuelle
  • Black Coffee
  • Kyle Watson
  • Ryan Murgatroyd
  • Da Capo

Best Live Act

  • Goldfish
  • Black Motion
  • Good Luck
  • Pop Art
  • Mi Casa

Best Festival  

  • Ultra
  • Spring Fiesta
  • Oppikoppi
  • H20
  • Rocking the Daisies

Best Music Video (From Dance Artist)

  • Prince Kaybee Ft Lady Zamar – Charlotte
  • Strange Loving – Changes
  • TIMO ODV – Dancing Again
  • Bucie Ft Black Motion – Rejoice
  • Da Capo Ft Tresor – Speed of Sound

Best Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Kaylow
  • Timo ODV
  • Apple Gule
  • J’Something
  • Lazarusman

Best Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Bucie
  • Lady Zamar
  • Tamara Dey
  • Amanda Black
  • Jackie Queens

Best Record Label

  • Go Go Music
  • Chutney Records
  • Soulistic Music
  • House Afrika
  • Do It Now Recordings

Compilation of The Year

  • House Afrika Mzanzi 6
  • Fresh House Flava 9
  • Africa Get Physical
  • Kyle Watson Pres. The Low End Effect
  • Now Dance

Album of The Year

  • Good Luck – Nature Within
  • Jullian Gomes – Late Dreamer
  • Timo ODV – Origins
  • Jazzuelle – Circles
  • Chunda Munki – Interference

Remix of The Year

  • Tresor- Never Let Me Go (Mobi Dixion Remix)
  • DeMajor feat. Lizwi – Traveller (Kususa & Quetornik Official Remix)
  • Alicia Keys – In Common (Black Coffee Remix)
  • Dj Ganyani ft Laila – Talk To Me (Prince Kaybee Remix)
  • Dj Merlon feat. Black Coffee & Khaya Mthethwa – Reflections (Enoo Napa Remix)

Best International DJ

  • Atjazz
  • Lars Behrenrath
  • DJ Snake
  • Dash Berlin
  • Alesso

Best International Producer

  • Atjazz
  • The Layabouts
  • Stimming
  • Lars Behrenroth
  • Deadmau5

Best Club of The Year

  • Origin
  • Truth
  • Electric Circus
  • Shimmy Beach
  • Toy Toy

Best House Record of the Year

  • Jullian Gomes – 1000 Memories
  • Chunda Munki – Interference
  • Sir Vincent Ft Lauren – Nirvana
  • DJ Thes – Man
  • Kyle Watson – Solace

Best Kwaito Record of the Year

  • Distruction Boyz – Madness (ft Tipcee)
  • Killer Kau – Tholukuthi Hey ft Mbali
  • Babes Wondumo – Wololo
  • DJ Gukwa ft Tipcee, Emza & DJ Tira – Amadada

Best EDM Record of the Year

  • Das Kapital – Bend It
  • Evida – You Gotta
  • Rocca & Martini – Sky
  • Royal K – Vices
  • Keystate – Calling

Best Underground Record of the Year

  • Kat La Kat – Strange Signals
  • Jazzuelle Ft Lazarusman – Don’t Forget Me
  • Floyd Lavine – Masala
  • Strange Loving – Valentino Groove
  • Aero Manyelo – Mooki

Best Dance Radio Show Award

  • Kyle Worde – The 411 – Touch HD
  • In Das We Trust – 5FM
  • The Kyle Cassim Show – 5FM
  • The Players Club – Da Kruk – YFM
  • The Urban Beat – Metro FM

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