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South African Dance Music Awards set the stage for years to come

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Transported back 20 years, and taken through each significant moment of South Africa’s dance music evolution – guests at the 2012 inaugural SA DANCE Music Awards were treated to a taste of what’s to come with the South African Dance Music Awards officially beginning next year.


In all the splendour of reflective dance floors and vinyl records shining in the light, this brainchild of the DJU was a great success. “South Africa has developed it’s own unique kind of dance music over the past 20 years and that’s why we decided to honour everyone that helped pave the way for today’s talents,” the DJU team comment  “This evening was a huge success and we look forward to next year, the year to truly make sure dance music is rewarded.”


The evening definitely planted the seed for excitement to start growing for the first official South African Dance Music Awards 2013.  In partnership with the Gauteng Department of Sports Arts Culture and Recreation. MEC Lebogang Maile says, “We are proud supporters of South African music, and the development of local talent is very high on our agenda. Therefore, with this relationship with the SADMAs, we are recognising and raising local and international awareness of the passion, commitment, and skills of our artists. This just shows all the young talent what South Africa can achieve.”

Presenters Thembi Seete and Ishmael Morabe lead everyone through an evening of dance music magic, as they stood up and applauded the dance music heroes of South Africa. And thanks to broadcast sponsor SABC1, viewers at home will also be able to join in the excitement in October.

“SABC1 has always proudly supported our local artists and musicians and we are committed to providing a national television platform for these creative talents to be expressed. The South African Dance Music Awards represents the long-travelled road of many local artists, and the celebration of their achievements over the years,  says Leo Manne, SABC1’s Acting General Manager.

Awards were presented to record labels Kalawa Spikiri, 999, Mdu Records, Ghetto Ruff and Katsaitis Music – and to music stores House Afrika and Reliable Music Warehouse. We honoured broadcasters Yfm and the SABC with special awards, and special recognition awards went to ministers Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba, Ready D, Ganyani and Glen Lewis.

A special tribute sequence was put together to honour some of the biggest influences in the industry. Artists who featured were The Monk, Kabzella, Monde, Lebo Mathosa, Tebza Mafikizolo, Malaika, Abba, Makhendlas, Zombo, Brown Dash, Dr Mageu, Iggy Smalls, Art Jones, Brett Jackson, TK, Sbu and Lollipop, and Thuli Thilis.

Next Generation certificates were handed to Soul Candi, HHP, 4 Sound, Afrotainment, Mayoni Productions, Wheel of Steel, Soulistic Music and TS Records. Clubs that have allowed South African dance music to flourish received special mentions – these included Razzmatazz, Gemini, Arena, King Palace, Whispers, Club 707 and Countdown. Inspiring Game Changers that received a special mention were Mandoza, Mzekezeke, TKZee and Prophets of Da City.

Filled with nostalgic house, dance, kwaito and hip-hop music that built the South African dance music industry over the years, the evening was a roaring success with performances that included, Skeem, Boomshaka, Mdu, Trompies, Mandoza, Pro, Amu, Selwyn, Big Nuz, Mzekezeke, Thebe, Magesh, Proffessor, Busiswa. It is an evening that will be remembered as the event that kick started the South African Dance Music Awards.

The South African Dance Music Awards will be broadcast on SABC 1 in October

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