World DJ Day: Nigeria deeJays discusses being a Nigerian disc jockey
World DJ Day (World International DJ Day) is not only an official fest but also an important charity event, which takes place annually. Founded in 2002, by the World DJ Fund Foundation and the organization of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, which uses music to treat children and adults, the first maiden edition was organized on behalf of the International Club Industry.
Since the first edition, every March 9 of the year, disc jockeys (DJs or Dee Jays) across the globe celebrate the day. And for this year’s celebration in Nigeria, frontline DJs in the country such as Jimmy Jatt, Big N, Lambo, Obi, Neptune, Spinall and Nana all linked up to discuss the challenges besetting the progress, ascent, and the concept of being a DJ in Nigeria.
Highpoints of the issues discussed by the DJs at this year’s celebration include the individual and collective difficulties faced by DJs in the country; how the internet and social media impact the DJs craft; the responsibilities and duties as Nigerian DJs, the factors limiting their crafts, and the goals they need to achieve so their craft can be worthy of emulation.
The Day is usually used as a global fund raising effort to benefit many children’s charities around the world. On the night, and the week running up to it, the global dance community works together to raise money for international children’s charities.
DJs, clubs, promoters, magazines, radio, TV stations, and records labels are all involved in the fund raising. From auctioning off an A-list DJ to holding a top DJ sounds clash and many exciting ideas.
The Day has grown to become one of the most important dates in dance music’s calendar. All money earned by the DJs / Clubs / Radio stations on that day go to various children’s funds and international institutions.
For several years, the annual tradition has been supported by known media like MTV, Radio 1, Galaxy, Mixmag, DJ, Muzik, Hello, Face, Loaded and FHM, as well as the stars of international dance scene such as Pete Tong, Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, Dave Seaman, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Seb Fontaine, Sister Bliss, and many others.
Essentially, initiators of the Day are asking every DJ to give up their fees for one night and donate the proceeds to various children’s and music associated charities around the globe. From the leading A-list players to every commercial, mobile, and bedroom DJ in the world.