Rush Ghana DJ Awards releases list of nominees

Organisers of the Rush Ghana DJ Awards – formerly known as the Ghana DJ Awards – have released a list of nominees for the 2017 edition.

DJ Vyrusky is up for a few awards at the 2017 Rush Ghana Dj Awards. Photo: Ben Anang
DJ Vyrusky is up for a few awards at the 2017 Rush Ghana Dj Awards. Photo: Ben Anang

The announcement was made at the MJ Grand Hotel in East Legon.

The event has been dominated by the Accra-based DJ Black who has won the top award – Best DJ of the Year – at each of the last four editions. Once again, he has received several nominations.

The awards' new name, courtesy of a sponsor, is not the only difference attached to the 2017 edition. Following criticism of the awards being centred around Accra, the categories for this year have been changed to reward DJs working outside of Ghana’s capital city. The Best DJ of the Year award is now split into several regional accolades and one Best Overall DJ of the Year award.

Brong-Ahafo, Central, Volta, Upper East and Ashanti, among other regions, are now represented, thereby increasing the number of awards to be handed out when the event takes place on 6 May at the Silver Star Towers in Accra. DJs from the Greater Accra region, however, dominate the overall category.

In the international category, British DJs Tim Westwood and DJ Edu go against Nigeria's DJ Humility and DJ Neptune as well as others.

Full list of the nominees below:


BEST DJ – BRONG-AHAFO REGION
DJ Bryt – Voice FM
DJ Kazopy – Agyenkwa FM
DJ Fabulous – Agoro FM
DJ Lover Boy – Agoro FM
Majic Simon – Voice FM
DJ Flexy – Angel FM
DJ Appiatus – Anidaso FM
DJ Shaker – Gifts FM

BEST DJ – CENTRAL REGION 
Kweku Bee Abrantee
DJ Skinny
DJ Poppa
Candyman
K.O.K DJ
Repentance

BEST DJ – EASTERN REGION
DJ Obofour
DJ Blay
DJ Police
DJ Stanzy
DJ Ryder
Mr Skx

BEST DJ – WESTERN REGION
DJ Bibini
DJ X
DJ Berry
DJ Oxygen
DJ Acidic
DJ Magnus
Majik George

BEST DJ – GREATER ACCRA REGION
DJ Vyrusky
DJ Mic Smith
DJ Collins
DJ Black
DJ Mono
DJ Sly
DJ Mac Tontoh
Vision DJ

BEST DJ – VOLTA REGION
DJ Cyril – JD 99.9FM
DJ Karanja (Mobile DJ)
Ras Bongo I – Kekeli Radio 102.9FM
Dr J – Kekeli Radio 102.9FM
Prospect Immature – Kekeli Radio 102.9FM

BEST DJ – NORTHERN REGION 
DJ Kofi – 123 FM
DJ YK – ABC Radio
DJ Sly – 123 FM
DJ Batt – Zaa FM
DJ Set – Kesmi FM
DJ Fada Wiscky – Fila FM
Sounds Boy – Diamond FM
DJ Mez – Diamond FM

BEST DJ – UPPER EAST REGION 
DJ  Aluther
DJ Phatbone
DJ Prince
DJ Dubai
DJ Okokobioko

ASHANTI REGION
Mr Kaxtro
DJ GFT
DJ Slim
DJ Aroma
DJ Chiefaro

UPPER WEST REGION
DJ Tobile – W FM
DJ Derry Gee – Sungmaale 90.5FM
DJ Skopii – Radio Progress 98.1FM
DJ Faabu – Radio Freed
DJ Selector – Sungmaale 90.5FM

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

REGGAE/DANCEHALL OF THE YEAR
Haruna Babangida
Ras Bontai
DJ Rudebwoy
Conscious Queen
Empress Lomo
DJ Nature Wan
DJ Manni
King Lagazee
DJ Kuuljay  

GOSPEL DJ OF THE YEAR
Jay Smoke – GH One TV
Agyeman – Rainbow Radio
DJ Toxic – Neat FM
K.O.K – Live FM (Cape Coast)
Brother Marcus
DJ Sarpee
DJ Awana

HIGHLIFE DJ OF THE YEAR 
Ike The Unpredictable – Abusua FM
Candyman – Atinka FM
Andy Dosty – Hitz FM
DR J – Kekeli Radio
Micky Darling – Peace FM
DJ Bakayoko – Accra FM
DJ Advicer – Happy FM
DJ Fada Wiscky – Fila FM

MOBILE DJ/SOUND SYSTEM OF THE YEAR
DJ Karanja – Royal Sounds (Volta Region)
DJ Collins – Vinyl City Entertainment
DJ Floopy – (Sunyani, Brong Ahafo Region)
DJ Max – Max Entertainment
DJ Pho  – Ark Entertainment
DJ Bryt – Sound Vista

HIPLIFE DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Gadaffi – Citi FM 
DJ Pho – Rainbow Radio
DJ Chiefaro – Jem FM
DJ Fletcher – OK FM
DJ Mic Smith – Y FM
Kwame B – Kasapa FM
DJ Bayayoko – Accra FM
DJ Slim – Y FM Papa Bills – Adom FM

SCRATCH DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Black DJ
Gospol DJ
Masta J
DJ Aberga
DJ Bass
Mr Kaxtro
DJ Que
DJ Bryt

DJ’s SONG OF THE YEAR
Dobble – Christy
Stonebwoy – People Dey
Flowking Stone – Go low
Kpuu Kpaa – Shatta Wale
Joey B – U and me
Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee
Grind  – Vision DJ ft AI

MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Bibini – Made In Ghana Mixtape
DJ Masta J – Black is Black Mixtape
DJ Vyrusky – #MUSE
DJ Aberga – Shatta Wale Vs Stonebwoy Mixtape
DJ X – I Am Mixtape Vol.1
DJ Black – Ghana Today Mix
DJ Mensah –   Afrochronik Mixtape
DJ Ashmen –  GH Aftermath Mixtape

BEST INTERNATIONAL GHANAIAN DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Akua – USA DJ Kofi Dagatti – Australia
DJ Manni Norte – United Kingdom
DJ Bonsu – USA DJ Donet – Canada
DJ Bretuoba – Italy
DJ Sawa – United Kingdom

ARTIST DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Lotto Bills – Bisa
Kdei DJ Shiwaawa – VVIP    
DJ Page – Kofi Kinaata
DJ Vyrusky – Shatta Wale
DJ Mensah – Sarkodie
DJ Azonto – Medikal
DJ Justice – Stonebwoy

NIGHT CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Machine Doctor – Klub Tyco (Sunyani)
DJ Slim – Emperor Night Club (Kumasi)
DJ Mic Smith – Twist (Accra)
DJ K Crakk – Club Onyx (Accra)
DJ Vyrusky –  Krystal Night Club(Accra)
M r Kaxtro – Vienna (Kumasi)
DJ Kofi –  (Tamale)
DJ Putin – Mint Night Club
Vision DJ – Champs (Accra)

BEST CLUB MC OF THE YEAR 
Lyrical 
Ogee The MC
Sheldon
Kojo Manuel
Mensah Jnr
Johnny Stone
MC Apiscola

BEST VIDEO JOCKEY OF THE YEAR 
DJ Xpliph
DJ Sly
DJ Black
DJ Aberga
Jay Smoke  
DJ Krixmas

BEST INTERNATIONAL NON GHANAIAN DJ OF THE YEAR
Tim Westwood
DJ Divalash
DJ Neptune
DJ Humility
DJ Edu
DJ Kaywise

DISCOVERY DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Ryna
DJ Mpesempese
DJ Kevin
DJ Kenya
DJ Scooby
DJ Laze
DJ Money
DJ Bridash

BEST CAMPUS DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Barma – Ho Technical University
Jojo Neizer – KNUST
D J  JayMatic – Ghana Telecom University
AD DJ – University of Ghana
DJ Wallpaper – University of Ghana (Sarbah Hall)
DJ Smokey – GIMPA
DJ Blaqawt – University of Cape Coast
DJ Stunner – University of Ghana (Evandy Hall)

BEST FEMALE RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Ohemaa Woyegye – Adom FM
Doreen Andoh – Joy FM
Amanda Jisseh – Hitz FM
Justina Ansah – Obouba FM
Jessica Opare Saforo – Citi FM

PUB DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Skinny – Kings & Queens Pub
DJ Kay – Makerz City
DJ Carlos – Mirage pub
DJ Sly – Crissberry Pub
DJ Onana – Area Code
DJ Atopa – Daddy’s Bar
DJ Eddy Berma – Paddies
Pub DJ Kiss – Purple Pub
DJ Mpesempese – Khona Cafe

BEST MALE RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Collins – Rainbow Radio (Accra)
DJ Kofi – Filla FM (Tamale)
DJ Repentance –Live FM (Cape Coast)
DJ Aberga – Montie FM (Accra)
DJ Black – Joy FM (Accra)
Mr Kaxtro – Ultimate FM (Kumasi)
DJ Bass – Live FM (Accra)

BEST EVENT DJ OF THE YEAR
DJ Black – Perk Hush Party
DJ Mensah – Rapperholic Concert
DJ Vyrusky –  Ghana Rocks
Mr Kaxtro – Scratch Party
DJ Gunshot – Rep Ur Jersey 2016
DJ Mono – S Concert
Andy Dosty – Joy FM 90s Jam

BEST MUSIC PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
DJ Advicer – Happy FM
DJ Phletch – Peace FM
Jerry Justice – Adom FM
Ike The Unpredictable – Abusua FM
Kwame B – Kasapa FM
DJ X – Royal FM Sammy Forson – Live FM
DJ Bakayoko – Accra FM DJ Police – Bryte FM

DJ/ARTISTE COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR  
DJ Mic Smith – Olele (featuring Zeal, Cabum)
Vision DJ – Grind (featuring A.I)
DJ Black – Play Man (featuring Strongman)
French Kiss DJ – Cassanova
(featuring L.A.X & MzVee)
DJ Xpliph – I Wish (featuring Article Wan)

BEST FEMALE DJ OF THE YEAR   
DJ Kess DJ Ella Diva
DJ Nyce
DJ MJ
Mz Orstin
DJ Mitchy  

BEST OVERALL DJ OF THE YEAR     
DJ Vision
DJ Black
DJ Mic Smith
DJ Vyrusky
DJ Mensah
DJ Andy Dosty
Mr Kaxtro

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Azigiza Jnr

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