Entertainment News – Two deejays based in Jamaica’s capital have reacted to the Government’s phased reopening of the entertainment industry.
ZJ Nova, who is also the primary conceptualizer of popular foam and water party Drenchhed, welcomes the news.
“I feel it’s a good move. Most deejays been out of work for months now. So, to know that the place is slowly opening back, and events are going to start happening again is a good feeling. To be honest, I miss partying and playing at outside events. I just implore both the promoters and patrons to party responsibly and adhere to the protocols of this ‘new normal’,” the popular female deejay whose given name is Chantele Roye told McKoy’s News.
On Tuesday, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond Mckenzie announced the resumption of social activities including summer camps, gaming lounges, amusement parks, sports bars and limited outside entertainment events.
Since the closure of the industry in mid-March, ZJ Nova says she has been making hay of the excess free time.
“Apart from radio, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio working on upcoming projects and this time has also been one of self-reflection and improvement because I have definitely seen how things can just change in the blink of an eye,” she said.
Even though thousands of entertainment stakeholders have suffered severely from the lack of events, ZJ Nova believes the entertainment lockdown was necessary.
“I can’t even begin to understand the pressure that the government has been under and the reality is, everyone has been hit hard by this pandemic. But moves have been made so we just have to adjust to what it is right now and make the best of it,” she said.
Like many other promoters, ZJ Nova is unable to host her annual party. However, she promises to return with a bang.
“Well, all my plans for this year have definitely been pushed back, but for the most part you’ll just have to wait and see. Just know there are a lot of things in the pipeline. In regards to my event, Drenchhed, I won’t be having it this year. Instead, I’ll be using the time to revamp and come back even stronger than before,” the deejay said.
Meanwhile, Kashani Wallace, more popularly known as DJ Kashmatic looks forward to being outdoors.
“I think it’s great really and I am excited. We can start making money again,” he said.