The corona-virus pandemic has obviously pushed us to democratize art in new ways—music, for instance. In recent months, as more of the world has gone on lockdown, Ghana DJ Awards have resurrected the the art of DJ battle starting with #QueVsMpesempese.
The battleground is Facebook Live, and the crowd is you, your family or friends and a good number of celebrities.
The trend kicked off on July 4 when Ghana DJ Awards Facebook page went live with two of Ghana’s most revered turntablists-Master Que and DJ Mpesempese in a friendly battle.
It was a great spectacle as thousands of fans got glued to their phones, laptops and ipads to stream the live event which was preceded by a rollicking performance by Kidi and a message from Abeiku Aggrey Santana, a member of the Ghana DJ Awards board. From chirps to beat-doubling, the DJs put up sterling performances with a wide catalog of sounds including songs by Stonebwoy, Major Lazer, Shatta Wale, Merqury Quaye, Kidi and a lot more.
Since then, pressure and demand have been overwhelming on organizers to put up another event – a call which haven’t fallen on deaf ears.
Ghana DJ Awards has announced a groundbreaking battle between Ghana’s rival cities Accra and Kumasi. With the die cast, fans are anxiously waiting for the DJ who will represent either city.
According Mr Ola Michael, a member of the Ghana DJ Awards board, Discovering ways to experience joy in a crisis—particularly one as dire, far-reaching, and prolonged as this pandemic—is vital. “It is in this light that the Ghana DJ Awards put up this initiative”, he added.
The Covid-19 pandemic has destroyed many of the social norms as we know them. In a reversal of trends, it’s also necessitated a return to some systems that did work once, before the internet and social media changed the way we see ourselves and interact with one another and our cultures.