The 2019 Dance Music Awards South took place in Ekurhuleni last night, and what a celebration it was. Following the three month selection process with over 21 dance music categories, the winners voted by the fans, were announced and honoured.
Created in 2017 to acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists, DMASA got to award the hard working, publicly-recognized individuals who are pushing boundaries and driving South Africa’s thriving dance music industry forward.
The Dance Music Awards had grown rapidly with the support from the SA music industry over the past three years and last night played testament to that.
Big winners for the evening included one of SA’s biggest exports Shimza who walked away with two awards for Best Male DJ and Best Festival.
SculpturedMusic took Best Producer and Remix of the Year. Overseas based Atazz also took two awards for Best International DJ and Best International Producer. House Africa took Best Compilation Of the Year and Best Record label while SA’s favourite Black Coffee got Album of the Year.
Here’s the full list of winners at 2019 Dance Music Awards:
1. REMIX OF THE YEAR: SculpturedMusic – Sad To Think (Fka Mash Remix)
2. COMPILATION OF THE YEAR: House Afrika Presents Mzansi House Vol. 9
3. BEST UNDERGROUND RECORD: !Sooks & Avi Subban – Oasis
4. BEST RECORD LABEL: House Afrika
5. BEST PRODUCER: SculpturedMusic
6. BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Dwson Feat. Sio – Nobody Else
7. BEST MALE VOCALIST: Lazarusman
8. BEST MALE DJ: Shimza
9. BEST LIVE ACT: Black Motion
10. BEST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER: Atjazz
11. BEST INTERNATIONAL DJ: Atjazz
12. BEST HOUSE RECORD: Prince Kaybee Ft Msaki – Fetch Your Life
13. BEST GQOM RECORD: Distruction Boyz – Amaxoki (Feat. Dj Tira & K Dot)
14. BEST FESTIVAL: Shimza One Man Show
15. BEST FEMALE VOCALIST: Simmy
16. BEST FEMALE DJ: DJ Buhle
17. BEST EDM RECORD: Pascal & Pearce w/ Locnville – I Got Ya Babe
18. BEST DANCE RADIO SHOW: 5FM – Selective Styles w/ Kid Fonque
19. BEST CLUB OR CLUB NIGHT: AND Club
20. ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Black Coffee – Music Is King
21. BEST AMAPIANO RECORD: DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small – Amantombazane
The ‘Pioneers of Dance Award’, an accolade which pays homage to and gives recognition to a legendary dance music contributor (local or international) was also announced at this year’s ceremony. This is the one award not voted for by the public but rather by different dance music industry players.
Winner of the prestigious Promoter of the Decade Award 2018 Jsik Bouhbot, alongside DMASA’s own Ricardo Da Costa and other DMASA committee members after long deliberation chose two winners for this year’s awards. The recipients of this year’s award went to international dance music royalty Osunlade and South African living legend Lady Lea.
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