After weeks of public online voting, Wednesday saw the winners of the 2nd official Dance Music Awards South Africa being announced at a prestigious closed ceremony in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.
Hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, the honouree dinner was attended by nominees, industry players and selected key media, where the winners were recognised and celebrated by their peers.
The second annual awards were announced to the public this past July. Fans were given the chance to openly nominate their top 5 favourites followed by a finalist voting selection which closed last week. The online votes were tallied up by an independent auditing company and the winners were announced live at the dinner as well as online.
The 'Pioneers of Dance Award’, an accolade which pays homage and gives recognition to a legendary dance music contributor was also announced at this year’s ceremony. This is the one award not voted for by the public but rather by dance music industry players. The recipient of this year’s award went to living legend DJ Ganyani “Master G” Tshabalala.
SA’s biggest DJ export Black Coffee walked away with two awards for Best International DJ and Best International Producer while repeat winners Lady Zamar, Black Motion, Lady Sakhe won in their categories again this year. House Afrika Records won the Record Label again while Metro FM’s Urban Beat won the Best Dance Radio Show award for the second year.
We won this award last night at the Dance Music Awards for Best Compilation - Mzansi House Vol.7 compiled, produced and mixed by @Jazzuelle , @Katlakat , @JustMoveRecords and myself!
Thank you @VinnyDaVinci and Tim White. 😁🏆
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God is Good! Last night I received the award for "The Best Underground Record of The Year" for my track titled (Luna) at the South African Dance Music awards, Thank you to each & everyone for the support and all the votes casted , I am forever grateful! LOVE 🙏 📷: @ray_mnzn pic.twitter.com/uumIznHZTT
See full list winners below.
Best Male DJ: KaySoul
Best Female DJ: Lady Sakhe (2017 winner)
Best Producer: Sir LSG
Best Live Act: Black Motion (2017 winner)
Best Festival: Spring Fiesta
Best Music Video (From Dance Artist): Sun-EL Musician - Sonini feat. Simmy & Lelo Kamau
Best Male Vocalist of the Year: Ziyon
Best Female Vocalist of the Year: Lady Zamar (2017 winner)
Best Record Label: House Afrika Records (2017 winner)
Compilation of The Year: House Afrika Mzansi House Vol.7
Album of The Year: Da Capo - Indigo Child
Remix of The Year: Hans Seance - Elanora (KaySoul Remix)
Best International DJ: Black Coffee
Best International Producer: Black Coffee (2017 winner)
Promoter of the Decade: Jsik Bouhbot
Best Club Night / Night Club: Truth Night Club (2017 winner)
Best House Record of the Year: DJ Ganyani Ft. Nomcebo - Emazulwini