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Soul Candi announced the launch of the first annual official Dance Music Awards South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

What makes these awards different is that you, the fan, gets to decide who the nominees and winners are.

The award ceremony will also be broadcast online.

Why the awards exist: 

“The evolution of dance music in Southern Africa is nothing short of a phenomenon” says conceptualizer Ricardo da Costa and further adds, “Dance music’s popularity defies race, age and socio-economic dividers so why not celebrate it? DMASA will create a platform for the commercial, underground, black, white, festival, clubs, male & females of the dance music industry to be honored…by the fans!”

You decide the nominees and the winners:

The winner selection will be held entirely online with the SADMA managed as an audience-voted award event dedicated to South African dance music. Voting and nominations will be made through the official website & social media.

Everything will happen online and you can watch it live: 

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.

Dance Music Awards South Africa categories are:

Best Male DJ
Best Female DJ
Best Producer
Best Live Act
Best Festival
Best Music Video (From Dance Artist)
Best Male Vocalist of the Year
Best Female Vocalist of the Year
Best Record Label
Compilation of The Year
Album of The Year
Remix of The Year
Best International DJ (who has recently toured or performed in SA)
Best International Producer (who has had recent success in the SA market)
Best Club of The Year (includes Clubs, Lounges, Bars, etc)
Best House Record of the Year
Best Kwaito Record of the Year
Best EDM Record of the Year
Best Underground Record of the Year (All non-commercial dance & underground sounds by SA Dance Music Artist)
Best Dance Radio Show Award


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