Everyone’s Invited to Celebrate South African Dance Music
According to Ricardo da Costa, conceptualiser of the first annual Dance Music Awards South Africa (DMASA), dance music’s popularity defies race, age and socio-economic dividers, so why not celebrate it.
Dance Music Awards South Africa
Dance Music Awards South Africa (DMASA) is an online, public-voted award that acknowledges and honours the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists and industry people who are are pushing boundaries and driving South Africa’s thriving dance music industry forward.
The award includes twenty categories that range from celebrating the Best Female DJ to the Best Nightclub of the year. It is an opportunity for South African’s to have their say on who they feel has made an outstanding contribution to this increasingly important genre in South African music.
Smirnoff Joins In on the Action
Eager to join in on the celebrations, Smirnoff – the good times drink for everyone – is sponsoring four of the twenty categories in the online, public-voted awards that acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of the country’s dance music artists and industry role-players who are driving this increasingly important genre forward.
Smirnoff Marketing Manager, Kyle Lesch says: “Music, like Smirnoff, brings people together and we decided to get behind DMASA because it celebrates the musicians that unite us on the dancefloor. Keeping with our global Equalizing Music initiative, which strives to drive gender parity and diversity in the music industry, we will be sponsoring the awards for Best Female DJ and Best Female Vocalist of the Year, in addition to Album of the Year and Best Male DJ.”
The five nominees in each category were recently announced, with Abby Nurock, DJ Zinhle, Lady Lea, Simstar and Lady Sakhe being put forward for Best Female DJ. The contenders for Best Female Vocalist of the Year are Lady Zamar, Tamara Dey, Amanda Black, Bucie and Jackie Queens. Vying for Album of the Year are Chunda Munki for Interferance, Jazzuelle for Circles Jullian Gomes for Late Dreamer, Timo ODV for Origins and GoodLuck for The Nature Within. Black Coffee, Kyle Cassim, Chunda Munki, Shimza and Kyle Watson are all up for Best Male DJ.
The winners – voted for by their fans – will be announced on the 5th of October 2017 during an online awards ceremony. A private honorary dinner will also be held where they can collect their physical awards.
“We wish all of the nominees the best of luck and thank them for their valuable contributions to South Africa’s music industry,” concludes Lesch.