The official first annual Dance Music Awards South Africa were announced in July and South Africans were given the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

Created to acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists, the Dance Music Awards South Africa (DMASA) aims to award the hard working, publicly-recognized individuals who are pushing boundaries and driving South Africa’s thriving dance music industry forward.

The nominee selection was held entirely online with the Dance Music Awards South Africa managed as an audience-voted award event dedicated to South African dance music. There are 20 categories and there are five nominees in each category.

Voting will be made through the official website & social media until the 2nd October. With the fully transparent user voted award process, this gives voters the power to choose the award winners. The competition will be driven strictly by social media and online interaction, no “panel” will dictate the nominees.

The winners will be announced at an honorary dinner on the 5th October in Johannesburg.

These are the nominees for the Dance Music Awards South Africa:

Smirnoff Best Male DJ

Kyle Watson

Chunda Munki

DJ Shimza

Black Coffee

Kyle Cassim


Smirnoff Best Female DJ

Abby Nurock

DJ Zinhle

Lady Lea


Lady Sakhe


Best Producer


Black Coffee

Kyle Watson

Ryan Murgatroyd

Da Capo


Best Live Act


Black Motion

Good Luck

Pop Art

Mi Casa


Heineken Best Festival  


Spring Fiesta



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


Timo ODV

Apple Gule




Smirnoff Best Female Vocalist of the Year


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


Smirnoff Album of The Year

Good Luck – Nature Within

Jullian Gomes – Late Dreamer

Timo ODV Origins

Jazzuelle – Circles

Chunda Munki – Interference


Power Play 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


Lars Behrenrath

DJ Snake

Dash Berlin



Best International Producer


The Layabouts


Lars Behrenroth



Heineken Best Club of The Year



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


Power Play 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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