It has been almost five months since the lockdown on public gatherings was announced and last Friday, Street Club Management in Entebbe said they could not wait any longer. The club held its first edition of the Online Mash Up with everything in place apart from the audience.
There were four deejays, including Nellystarboy, Senior B, Jovan and Danystar who all played in turns from 7pm until late while MC Esco was on the microphone engaging those who were watching live on the club’s social media platforms.
This was like a scientific way of partying as the NTV presenter even took on people’s requests. The DJs were on point with their selections, playing some of the recent hits in dancehall, hip hop, Reggae and Afro beat, each with their unique selection. On some occasion, they were also seen being carried away by the music.
Asked how it felt without revellers in the club, MC Esco said it was more like TV where you talk to the cameras only that this time he was speaking to his phone. He, however, added that it was a bit awkward as he is used to seeing crowds in the bar.
Complying with directives
The club management said they took serious precaution before and during the event as a way to comply with the Ministry of Health C0vid-19 directives.
“We wrote to the authorities and informed them about the idea and they gave us a go ahead,” said Henry Bugimbi, the club’s director, adding that this is going to be happening every Friday with the same team of deejays.
He revealed that they have decided to do this to keep their customers updated and entertained while they are still home in this lockdown so that when things get back to normal, they will not feel like they have missed much.
Online events is the latest trend on the entertainment scene and has become the new normal.
We have seen artistes holding online shows, we have seen dancers being engaged in online dance sessions, so it is wise for clubs to also try out online editions for their specific theme nights.