The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Deep House Scene in South Africa.

A Discussion of How the Pandemic Has Affected Performances, Recordings, and Festival.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the deep house scene in South Africa, affecting performances, recordings, and festivals. The South African government had implemented strict lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus, which has resulted in the cancellation of live events and forced many artists to adapt to the new reality of performing and recording in a virtual setting. However, as the vaccine rollout began and infection rates dropped, the restrictions started to ease up and by 2022, live events began to slowly return.

One of the most significant impacts of the pandemic on the deep house scene in South Africa has been the cancellation of live performances. With the ban on gatherings, many venues and clubs have been forced to close their doors, leaving deep house DJs and performers without a stage to showcase their talents. This has resulted in a significant loss of income for many artists who rely on live performances to make a living. However, with the easing of restrictions, many venues and clubs started to open their doors again and live performances returned, albeit with safety measures in place.


The pandemic has also had an impact on the recording industry in South Africa, with many artists finding it difficult to access recording studios and equipment. This has forced many to record their music at home, which can be challenging for those who are not used to working in a home studio environment. The lack of access to professional recording equipment has also led to a decline in the quality of recordings and has made it more difficult for artists to produce music to a professional standard. However, as the restrictions ease and people feel more comfortable going out, recording studios and equipment became more accessible, allowing artists to produce music at a professional level again.

Festivals have also been affected by the pandemic, with many being cancelled or postponed. These events are a significant source of income for deep house DJs and performers, and their cancellation has had a significant impact on the industry. Many festivals have moved online, but this has not been able to replace the energy and atmosphere of live events. However, as the restrictions ease, more festivals are starting to take place again, allowing performers and DJs to earn income from live performances again.


The pandemic has also affected the promotion of new music, with many record labels and promotion companies having to adapt to the new reality of a virtual world. This has made it more challenging for new artists to get their music heard and gain exposure in the scene. However, as things return to normal, it’s becoming easier for new artists to gain exposure and promotion through live events and festivals.

Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the deep house scene in South Africa. The industry has been forced to adapt to the new reality of a virtual world and has resulted in a decline in live performances, recordings, and festivals. However, as the pandemic is brought under control, things are starting to return to normal, and we should continue to see things open up even more in 2023 with more events, festivals, and accessibility to performances.

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