The outbreak of the new novel coronavirus has put on hold everything and affected lots of activities including religious and entertaining programmes in the world.
The ban on traveling and observation of social distancing protocol had been the sermon being preached by medical experts and government officials as means of mitigating the spread of the virus.
COVID-19, in this year shook the grounds of social activities and folded all entertaining festivities across the globe.
It has led to the cancellation of many exciting programmes including awards shows, concerts and tours.
No doubt that the pandemic outbreak affected lots of industries but the real ones suffering in the game were tourism, religious and Showbiz industries.
After the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo imposed restrictions on movement and social gathering many religious leaders resort to online platforms to preach sermons to their members.
Gradually the act is seen being adopted by musicians across the globe to showcase their musical arts to the world, and a means to make money right from home without show gigs.
The multi award winning self acclaimed Dancehall king, Shatta Wale has made preparations to hold his first ever virtual concert at home to get fans entertained.
The musician has mounted a stage at his East Legon based residence to perform live tomorrow, which he has encouraged his fans to subscribe to his channels to join him during the live streaming.
With all these preparations, the question that comes to mind is, will he be able to perform to the satisfaction of the imaginary audience?
Imaginary present of others, has been tagged as difficult thing to do, many pastors who started digital preaching have been complaining about it.
They admitted that having real presence of people revive the spirit in one to continue giving the best when delivering a particular course.
They said the real present of others help one to experience direct communication and gain feedback whether the message was being understood.
TV3 adopted no live audience to their favourite show “Music Music,” lovers of the programme at times do complain about how boring it was getting although some say it is cool.
Concert has always been an artiste performing to heavy crowd which they get the cheers and jeez from fans to make him continue to perform to their satisfaction.
Performing to a live audience give more back to the artiste by probably playing even better and provide a unique experience every time due to face to face interaction and body movement by the audience.
Some entertainment critics even state that artistes lose their morale when they mount a show with few audience, saying they flop when performing as their spirit die in them.
New ideas, they said are incorporated to artistes during the performance process with live audience, hence make advancement in the arrangement of songs, movement and instruments.
When an artist gets into rehearsals for a live show, things change. What works on a live show with audience does not work the same with imaginary audience.
Live versions of Dancehall music tend to have more energy and excitement, therefore people are expecting Shatta Wale to be less clinical and simply more exciting to entertain senses of the patrons.
It is a feel good moment people want: to feel the music in their bones and see the lights, that spark the feeling – “like this is what you – love to hear and see.”
You might even hear something that has never been seen even during live audience show.
Now wouldn’t that be amazing if Shatta Wale was able to that?
If this new digital concert become one in a history many people would drop the hustling and tossing that comes with live shows and join their favourite online to get entertained.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE