The 2016 nominees list for the Ghana DJ Awards is out and quite characteristic of most awards schemes in Ghana, it looks like an Accra DJ Awards!!!
This gets me irked and wonder if the beautiful art of disc jockeying has been perfected only by individuals within the two big cities of Ghana, that is Accra and Kumasi.
What happened to the great personalities who entertain and thrill listeners and event goers in the 8 other regions of Ghana or perhaps their skills are never close to those resident in Accra and Kumasi.
With majority of nominees for the 2016 Ghana DJ Awards plying their art in the national capital, one can only wonder if the list is indeed a fair representation of what really happens on the ground. I’m not by this saying organizers must nominate people from each region JUST to make it a fair representation. Nope!! This might NEVER happen unless of course there are new categories to represent each region.
In short, the list of nominees only suggests that none of the DJs outside Accra and a handful in Kumasi (who are repeatedly nominated except DJ Kaxtro) come closer to the quality the ‘board’ looks out for.
I’m sorry but this should not be happening to a sect of people who have continuously cried for not being recognized at the Ghana Music Awards. The idea of a Ghana DJ Awards remains amazing and if it must be done, it must be done well.
I’m pretty sure, the defence will be, ‘We opened nominations to all and asked people to nominate’ but I can state on authority that neither DJ Black nor Andy Dosty submitted their works for nomination.
Lest I forget, how could some people be nominated when in fact, they only present their shows and have DJs play for them? Well…
This however must not to take anything away from the nominees. The ‘board’ think you all deserve it.
Let the public campaign for votes begin.
Check the full list of nominees from below.
Best Campus DJ of the Year: DJ Sleek, DJ Ernie, AD DJ, DJ Lord and DJ Snipes
Best Int Ghanaian DJ: DJ Invisible, DJ Paak, DJ Abrante, DJ Gem, DJ Champagne, DJ Bretuoba, DJ Que Boogie & DJ Donnet
Best Night Club DJ Of The Year: DJ Kenny, MrKaxtro, Frenchkiss DJ & DJ Money.
Best Female DJ: Deejay Teena, DJ MJ, DJ Kess, DJ Nyce, DJ Keyz, DJ Tipsy and Mz Orstin
Best Male Radio DJ: DJ Kofi, Mr Kaxtro, DJ Bass, Papa Bills, DJ GFT, DJ Slim, DJ Black, Andy Dosty, Imature, Sammy Forson
Best International Non Ghanaian DJ: DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune & DJ Divalash
Best Hi-Life DJ: Candyman, DJ Andy Dosty, Dave Hammer, Micky Darling, Dr Spice & DJ Koffi
Best Gospel DJ: Yellow Man, DJ Kofi, Old Soldier, Agyemang, KOK, DJ Sarpee, Brother Markus & DJ Tyma
Best Female Radio DJ Of The Year: Ohemaa, Doreen Andoh, Naa Klordey, Justina Ansah & Jessica
Best Music Promoter of the Year: DJ Kofi Temafada, DJ Blay, Kwame B, Mr Shark, DJ Advicer, DJ Mixx & DJ Nature
Reggae/Dancehall DJ: DJ Manni, Conscious Queen, King Lagazee, Fiifi Selah, Bongo I, Empress Lomo, Ras Bonti, Rudebwoy & DJ Nature 1
Best Hiplife DJ Of The Year: DJ Police, DJ Slim, DJ Advicer, Mr Shark, DJ Reuben, DJ Collins, DJ Azonto & DJ Phletch
Best Pub DJ Award: DJ Ricky Augustine, DJ Mac Tontoh, DJ Atopa, DJ Godday, DJ Kay, DJ Sakawa, DJ Skinny & DJ Lens
DJ Discovery: DJ Massive, DJ Wabs, DJ Putin, DJ Mitchy, DJ Last Kobo, DJ Shiwaawa, DJ EllaDeeVa, DJ K-Crackk & DJ TKay
Best Event DJ: DJ Mic Smith, MrKaxtro, DJ Mensah, DJ Vyrusky, DJ Gunshot, DJ Page, DJ Mono, DJ Godday & DJ Slim
Artiste DJ Of The Year: DJ Lotto Bills, DJ Mensah, DJ Page, DJ Justice, DJ Rudebwoy, DJ Shiwaawa, DJ Vyrusky
Scratch DJ of the Year: Mr Kaxtro, DJ Black, DJ Bass, DJ Que, DJ Bryte, DJ Masta J, DJ Gospol
Best DJ Of The Year: Mr Kaxtro, DJ Black, DJ Mensah, DJ Vyrusky, DJ Mic Smith, DJ Andy Dosty, DJ Collins
Best Video Jockey Of The Year: DJ Xpliff, Billie Ocean, DJ Asante & DJ Black
Best Club MC Of The Year: Sheldon, Ogee The MC, MC Kay, MC Miguel, Johnny Stone & Lyrical.
Mixtape DJ of the Year: DJ Minni, DJ Mensah, DJ Black, DJ Kaxtro, DJ Nyce & DJ Vyrusky.
Best Mobile DJ of the Year: DJ Skelle, DJ Foe, DJ Rudebwoy, DJ Mac Tontoh, DJ Collins.