South Africa’s dance music industry is among the fastest-growing in the world and has helped artists like Black Coffee, Shimza, Goodluck and Goldfish become strong enough to share on the world stage.

To acknowledge and honour the accomplishments and contributions of South African dance music artists, the Dance Music Awards South Africa launches this year and will become an annual celebration of South African dance music culture.

Initiated by prolific record label Soul Candi, the awards will be conducted entirely online—allowing fans to nominate and select their winners. Done solely through the official website, the online voting method will keep the award process transparent—giving the audiences the power to influence the votes and the winners. The competition will be driven strictly by social media and online interaction, with no panel to dictate the nominees.

Ricardo da Costa, the conceptualiser of the awards, said in a press release: “The evolution of dance music in Southern Africa is nothing short of a phenomenon. 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, festivals, clubs, males and females of the dance music industry to be honored, by the fans!”

The voting process will take place on the DMASA website in two phases in August and September, where fans can vote for their top five in each category. Winners will then be announced online in October, after which a honorary dinner will see the winners collect their awards.

Keep an eye on Pulse for updates on when the website goes live. Until then, visit the DMASA page for more details.

Here are the categories for DMASA 2017:

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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