Promoter of the Year award-winner at the 2019 edition of the Eastern Music Awards in Ghana Julian Asiedu of Jagonzy TV also known as Jagonzy, told TheAfricanDream.net that 2020 was going to be a very busy year for him, not realizing the Coronavirus had its plans for him. Fast-forward to April 2020 and a defiant Jagonzy says “COVID-19 or not the party must go on, this virus will not stop us!“
With the world going through all these hard times and we not knowing when this pandemic will end, Jagonzy who is also a coFounder of the Shutdown Franchise along with Charles Berko of Berk’s Concepts explained that their entertainment companies specializing in event management and live concerts “decided to put together a virtual party by the name Stay home shut down quarantine season party with the DJs.”
Mr. Berko in a phone conversation with TheAfricanDream.net said that “this all started on April 10, with the help of DJs and some promoters around the globe after Jagonzy and I decided we owe it to our fans and supporters to keep the jam alive, after all, we are called Shutdown ‘Shutdown Franchise’ and now more than ever, we needed to live up to our identity.”
“The first edition that took place on the Shutdown Franchise Facebook page was successful, we had an audience reach of about 35000,” said Mr. Berko who explained, “since one of the core goals of the franchise is to connect and bring together Africans in the diaspora, the continent and persons of other nationalities globally, the first edition needed to reflect that for the founders.”
“This wasn’t a problem for us since we are in touch with a close-knit family of event organizers, promoters and DJs across the globe who comes from different backgrounds,” Jagonzy disclosed.
He said further, “Shutdown Quarantine Season Party with the DJs is not just a virtual party but also a platform for our DJs to share updates of the virus from their corners of the world with viewers,” Jagonzy and Mr. Berko use the online gathering to also talk about COVID-19 safety precautions while endorsing global stay-at-home policies.
The coFounders, both originally from Ghana urged all to rest assured that the Shutdown Franchise through entertainment and quality music will beat corona virus if all continue to stay at home, they also thanked essential workers and first responders across the globe for the jobs they do to keep the world running.
They also appreciated their participating DJs from Ghana, those around the United States and in Belgium, Europe.
Based on the success of the first edition, the duo received lots of positive responses and calls for another jam, so they have settled going to do this every weekend till things calm down and all can get back to normal daily lives.
Watch out for the second edition starting Friday, April 17 and running till April 19 on their Facebook page also known as Shutdown Franchise to join the virtual parties.