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South African Dance Music Awards A Night of Nostalgic House, Dance, Kwaito and Hip-hop music

The stage is set – a reflective dance floor of a 1980’s underground industrial club in New York with vinyl records shining in the lights. At the centre of the dance floor stands a lone microphone – a microphone that will tell a story of musical evolution, a story that is 20 years in the making.

As a taster of what’s to come, this year’s Dance Honorary Music Awards will kick off the momentous South African Dance Music Awards proudly hosted in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sports Arts Culture and Recreation that officially begin in 2013.  Another brainchild of DJU, the crew of five local musical godfathers – Oskido, Greg Maloka, Christos, DJ Fresh and Vini, this event will serve as a powerful introduction for an awards show that is set to become a firm favourite on the South African dance scene and promises a night of nostalgic house, dance, kwaito and hip-hop music that has paved the way for today’s stars.

“We are excited to be part of this great project that will celebrate and honour our dance music greats, it is innovative concepts like these that will help us realise our vision of promoting artistic excellence in Gauteng and contribute to the growth of our creative economy ” says Gauteng Department of Sports Arts Culture and Recreation MEC Lebogang Maile.

South African Dance Music has boomed under the youth culture reaching global frontiers, and DJU have decided the time has come to stand up and applaud all of those who made — and continue to make -  it happen. Although Dance Music has been around for many decades, we’ll only be highlighting the last 20 years, since Kwaito music burst onto the scene in the early 90’s.

And who better to take you through an evening of dance music magic than your hosts Tembi Seete and Ishmael Morabe. Seete, who first broke onto the kwaito scene as part of supergroup Boom Shaka soon grew into a popular solo artist, actress and showed off her dance moves presenting Jika Majika. Her counterpart for the evening, Morabe is an an icon of urban music. He’s been around for many years, and made his mark as hip hop, kwaito, RnB and even gospel star.

Come watch as we present awards to the record labels that have championed young musical talent from the beginning, and the record stores that were brave enough to support them – along with profile inserts where they talk about their influence on the industry. There will also be special mentions for the individuals who make the magic happen – the next generation and the game changers. And we’ll take a moment to honour some of the inspirational artists who influenced Dance Music in SA – even before the rise of Kwaito or House music – with Special Recognition Awards.

Of course, each award comes with it’s own special story too. Presenters, including industry game changers such as DJ Tira, Mandoza, Amu, will talk about how the award winners personally inspired them. A story of the Dance Music journey will also be told through some of the most memorable songs from each year and video inserts will bring everything they stood for to life. Mixed in between all the awards you’ll be treated to explosive live performances by the likes of Mzekezeke, Trompies, Mdu and Skeem – along with entertaining banter between old friends.

Experience an evening filled with the hottest house beats and tales of inspiration from the past and hope for the future of the industry – with the spotlight on our silver headphone awards handed over to all the stars. Revel in an event that will lay the foundation for the first official Dance Music Awards in 2013, and look to a future of excitement where artists will compete against each other for YOUR votes every year thereafter.

The t-shirt I got *nice*

Come party with us! With vinyl records spinning around, reflecting the bright lights and shrouded in clouds of smoke, hit the floor to huge, booming Dance Music!  Get your ticket from R250 – R500 at your nearest Computicket and come on down to the The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Sunday the 30th of September.

I must say that I for one is pro the awards, and the launch put everything into perspective for me.


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