DJ Shimza on his Online Quarantine party: “I knew it would have impact but not this much”
DJ Shimza (Photo: Gallo Images)
It is no secret
that South Africans love a good time. The 21 days of lockdown isn’t going to go
down well with many, especially partygoers who love dancing and listening to
their favourite DJs.
Weekends for many are for shisanyama, the club or
honouring social gatherings with lit line-ups. The idea of an online party has
come to the rescue as your favourite DJs will now play live on Channel O (DStv
Channel 320) every Fridays and Saturdays from today to the 11 April.
The concept all
started when Shimza started the #OnlineQuarantineParty last week much to the
relief of those at home, bagging over 134 000 streams via Twitter in just six
hours and eventually reached almost more than a million people across different
“I knew it would
have impact but not this much,” Shimza says. The next day, he was already locked
in a meeting with Channel O. The DJ says COVID-19 has made him think
differently about his DJing career.
“It has made me
think out of the box. Perhaps this will also make others think about what they
can do and how they can make money from home,” Shimza says.
DJ opened his own restaurant in October 2019, Hang Awt in Tembisa, but he has
had to shutdown since the COVID-19 outbreak. “What saddens me is all the employees
who made money from tips and commission. Now they have no income,” Shimza
DJ PH has come on
board as a co-host the show, he tells Move! that this unusual free time has not
been at all bad for him.
“It has been a blessing in disguise. I have
been focusing a lot on myself. Mentally, giving an opportunity for one to
reflect and restart,” DJ PH says.
Apart from the #LockdownHouseParty
powered by Hunter’s Cider, he is back to reading books again, something impossible
to do during his busy schedule.
will include DJ Maphorisa, Black Motion, DJ Zinhle and Darque.