- Title: The beat must go on! Jordanian DJ performs from living room during curfew
- Date: 13th April 2020
- Summary: AMMAN, JORDAN (APRIL 12, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN MAN AND FAN OF DJ RAJA, RAKAN AZAR, SAYING: "This is a very good thing, as you know we're all home, so when you watch the live and you see that your friends are also watching, you can say hi to each other, sing together, it's a great thing."
- Keywords: COVID-19 DJ Jordan coronavirus curfew performance
- Reuters ID: LVA008C9BQUL1
- Location: AMMAN, JORDAN
- City: AMMAN, JORDAN
- Country: Jordan
- Duration: 00:00:16
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Human Interest / Brights / Odd News,Society/Social Issues
- Story Text: A Jordanian DJ hosts a virtual party from his living room in Amman, spinning uplifting beats in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Young people in the country were left with limited entertainment options as a result of a strict curfew imposed by the government to curb the spread of the virus.
This inspired Raja Qamar, a disc-jockey who has been performing for 16 years, to use social media platforms to broadcast his tunes live to his followers.
He is often joined by his friend, Bashar Haddad, who plays the Tabla, a popular percussion instrument used in the Arab world.
The 31-year-old artist, known in Jordan as Raja ya Raja, said he felt a responsibility to lift his fans' spirits during these trying times.
One of Qamar's fans, Rakan Azar, said this was a way to bring him and his friends together, even if only virtually.
The most recent performance received over 10,000 views according to the DJ. He is hoping the number will be even higher in coming days.
A total of 389 cases of coronavirus and seven deaths have been confirmed in Jordan, according to Jordan's Minister of Health.
(Production: Mohammed Ramahi, Muath Freij)
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
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