With COVID-19 pandemic shaking and bringing to a standstill many sectors of economy, entertainment too has not been spared, as the government insists on social distancing, cancelling all gatherings including parties.
The closure of clubs and other social joints to avoid crowding has not stopped the party creators and movers from entertaining the public.
The internet has since become a ‘Dundaing’ section with many DJs and artists now opting to keep their fans entertained via various social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook.
Here, they enjoy a huge following –connecting and keeping up with their fans and bring entertainment at the comfort of their homes.
Meet Ian Hamza Salim alias DJ Cobra, who on Friday took on his Facebook account to entertain his followers on the online party dapped Online Party with DJ Cobra with MC CI Kenya from 9pm- 2am. He says the experience was well.
“Many DJs across the country have had it and I had mine on Friday which was awesome, the reception was good than I expected.” Said DJ Cobra.
As the public heed to the government call of staying at home, a number of party lovers have opted the online way –though quite expensive, but the monotony breaker during this tough time.
“With clubs remaining closed and Kenyans staying at home, the online reception is being received well. I have just been in the industry for 5 years and going live with more than 2000 followers was quite breathtaking that I didn’t expect,” He added.
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DJ Cobra says this is a wake-up call to the big wigs in the industry, as netizens jokingly say that “hawakuagi wakali ni vile tunakuaga tumelewa.”
“Everything comes with its merits and demerits. Since the ban, many talents have emerged that were not seen before. It has also given artistes an opportunity to showcase what they can do best that was not yet revealed,” he said.
“We hope and pray that things get better soon so that we resume. I urge Kenyans and my fans to keep safe, stay at home and pray. This is a trying moment but we shall overcome,” said DJ Cobra.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country, with the current tally standing at 158, the government has issued stiffer measures including secession of movement in and out of four affected counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday that the government will caution local artistes with a sum of Kshs.100 million, to keep entertaining the public during the Coronavirus pandemic.