Dance mu­sic awards fi­nally ar­rive – late

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World renowned South African record pro­ducer Black Cof­fee added an­other three awards to his tro­phy cab­i­net af­ter win­ning the Dance Mu­sic Awards – but un­for­tu­nately the event was nowhere near be­ing spec­tac­u­lar.

While it is com­mon in South Africa for events to start later than sched­uled, the awards were de­layed by al­most an hour. Imag­ine if they were to be broad­cast live!

The venue looked like a birth­day party of a reg­u­lar per­son even though it was the first an­nual awards for one of the lead­ing gen­res in Mzansi.

Metro FM’s Moeti Tsiki, bet­ter known as Mo Flava, fought a los­ing bat­tle as if the only one tasked to cre­ate a good vibe. To make mat­ters worse, some big names were miss­ing among the au­di­ence and not there to col­lect their sou­venir. The ab­sent star of the night, Black Cof­fee, was one.

The We dance again hit­maker was awarded for Best Male DJ, Best Pro­ducer and Remix of the Year for the Ali­cia Keys’ song In Com­mon.

Vo­cal­ist queen Lady Za­mar was also not in sight to take home her Best Fe­male Artist award.

Babes Wo­dumo’s Wololo fi­nally got the lon­gawaited recog­ni­tion it de­served, as she walked away with the best Best Kwaito/Gqom Record award.

US-based Lars Behren­roth was one of the in­ter­na­tional record pro­duc­ers who were present to hon­our the his­toric day. “This is the op­por­tu­nity for us to take dance mu­sic as a com­mu­nity to the next level. We cre­ated these awards, let’s build from tonight and let’s show the world that we are se­ri­ous about our [house mu­sic] in­dus­try,” Behren­roth said.

“You know when I heard of the thing [awards cer­e­mony] I was like hang on a sec­ond, I didn’t know we don’t have the awards. I think it’s long over­due, but ev­ery­thing comes at the time it is meant to be.”

Win­ners were voted for on­line by the South African pub­lic.

WIN­NER Jul­lian Gomes

HAPPY TIMES Lady Sakhe takes home her award for Best Fe­male DJ

CEL­E­BRA­TION Chris­tos ‘DJ Chris­tos’ Kat­saitis ac­cepts the award for Best Record La­bel

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