High flying Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol and veteran DJ Stylez have become among the first artists in the region – possibly, even, the continent – to take the party online following government directives for people to stay home over the coronavirus crisis.
This comes just days after American DJ D-Nice set the pace with his online Homeschoolin’ gig that was viewed and commented on by at least 70,000 people among them celebrities such as T.I, DJ Khaled and Drake.
Sauti Sol’s little-over-an-hour concert that began on Sunday 8pm was dubbed ‘Together At Home’ and was held in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen.
About 7,000 people viewed the performance during which the multiple award-winning group serenaded them with some of their most popular hits including ‘Extravaganza’ which served as the opener.
They also belted out other tracks such as ‘Still the one’, ‘Suzanna’ as well as ‘Short n’ Sweet’ among others.
Sauti Sol resorted to the virtual form of entertaining their fans after some of their earlier scheduled performances – including a U.K tour – were cancelled in an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Code Red founder and owner DJ Stylez then took over from Sauti Sol from midnight and got Kenyans grooving in their living rooms with hot mixes.
DJ Joe Mfalme is set to follow suit with his ‘Stay At Home’ Instagram Live Concert; he is however yet to officially announce a date.
Going by this rate, Kenyans may have to deal with 99 problems when the government finally decides to go on full lockdown; but music, it seems, certainly won’t be one of them.