The Dance Music Awards SA returns this year, as announced by event producers Soul Candi in Johannesburg earlier today as nominations open. Following the success of the inaugural awards last year, they are back and with even more support from the South African music industry promising to be bigger and better.

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

The 2018 award categories remain the same as last year with the inclusion of the Best Gqom Record of the Year.



  • Best Male DJ
  • Best Female DJ
  • Best Producer
  • Best Live Act
  • Best Festival
  • Best Music Video (From Dance Artists)
  • Best Male Vocalist of the Year (From Dance Artists)
  • Best Female Vocalist of the Year (From Dance Artists)
  • 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 Gqom 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

Once again the winner selection will be held entirely online with the DMASA managed as an audience-voted award event dedicated to South African dance music. Voting and nominations will be made through the official website with support from social media. The user voted award process is fully transparent, giving the public the power to choose the award winners.


The competition will be driven strictly by social media and online interaction, meaning no “panel” will dictate the nominees.


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 in late September.



25 July – Nominations Open

13 August – Nominations Close

20 August: Top 5 Voting Open

17 September: Top 5 Voting Close

26/27 September: Honorary Dinner & Winner Announcements

‘With the evolution of dance music in Southern Africa being so massive, this platform got to honour the fan favourites’ says conceptualizer Ricardo da Costa. He also adds ‘These accolades voted solely by the public lends a hand to its authenticity by applauding the people who create the music for them. With the launch of DMASA in 2017, we look forward to celebrating yet another year of great dance music with these awards’.

The DMASA also hopes to stimulate dialogue and create a forum for songwriters, performers and dance music musicians. Through this exchange the DMASA hopes to draw attention to the artists/DJ’s and ideas at work in the dance music industry and promote greater participation and recognition for South African dance music abroad.

The DMASA present an opportunity for music enthusiasts from around the country to celebrate their favourite DJs and artists by nominating or voting for them as a potential category winners.



  • Sign Up
  • Phase 1: List your top 5 per category
  • Automate social sharing of voting procedure to user’s social platforms with who they voted for.
  • Phase 2: Vote for YOUR FAVOURITE from list per category
  • Automate social sharing

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