Windhoek – Channel O’s “Lockdown House Party” kept Africa grooving through the worst of the last wave of COVID-19, but with an easing in public health regulations, the station is calling curtains on the highly subscribed show
Having premiered in the last week of April, the six hour bi-weekly show assembled some of South Africa's hottest DJs and artists to showcase their stuff and in the process turned many a living room into a dance floor.
DJ Shimza took to Twitter to announce the end of the Lockdown House Party, saying: "Today marks the end of something that carried us through from the first day of lockdown in South Africa, something that gave us a reason to look forward to the weekend. Thank you for always being loyal to us. Will forever be grateful."
The significance of the show can never be understated.
It provided many artists with exposure to a multitude of varying audiences beyond their traditional fans and followers, and more so at a time live shows were banned and clubs were closed.
It also provided a platform for and coming DJs and musicians to crack into the music industry, showcase their talents, introduce themselves to the wold while rubbing shoulders with the crème de la crème of the showbiz industry. Such prospects included DJ Jaivane and Lamiez Holworthy.
Fans thanked Channel O for the innovative show, and shared some of their highlights from the Lockdown House Party.
McKenzie Mac said on Facebook, "Kept us entertained and inspired me to follow aspirations of being a DJ." Sir Vincent tweeted, "Thank you for having us, you guys kept us going even in such dark times. Onwards and upwards, wishing you guys all the best for the incredible future that lies ahead of each of you..#Sisonke".
Upcoming DJ Adillah Said Nassor said she was sad to see the party come to an end, pointing out that she was happy for the opportunity to showcase herself and put Lesotho on the urban music map.