People across the world are trying their best to deal with public fear, frustration, sadness and isolation caused by coronavirus quarantine. As a side product of these very unfortunate circumstances, different creative coronavirus cultures have been starting to emerge.
One of the most heart-warming phenomenons is how people have started to find connection and comfort through song - singing from balcony to balcony and sharing quarantine karaoke moments and live music performances straight from their homes.
Singing across rooftops
Humans are social beings with an in-built need to connect. In cities, even if you're confined to your home, you still have a way to communicate with your neighbours by simply opening the window or stepping out to the balcony. This is just what people in Italy have done.
In Iran, one of the regions where COVID-19 has hit the worst, medical staff in quarantine bursted in to a singalong to raise the spirits.
These examples have inspired people to join the singing movement across the world. Even U2 frontman Bono joined the club with a new song called Let Your Love Be Known.
"For the Italians who inspired it… for the Irish… for ANYONE who this St Patrick’s Day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to." - Bono
Another famous singer Lewis Capaldi also paid his respects to someone singing his song during lockdown.
Quarantine karaoke alone or online with a group
When you're stuck in lockdown, all possible ways of entertaining yourself or keeping your kids entertained, are very important. Options are many, from binging Netflix or playing mobile games to reading all the books you've always wanted to read and of course, singing karaoke. Nothing quite beats the feeling of letting out some steam by belting out your favourite song.
In China, where almost 800 million people have experienced some sort of quarantine, a "Home Karaoke Station" reality show was created, where people could send request for singers to perform from their own home. Also other TV programs like Singer adapted quickly to the situation by letting people to join in remotely.
A group of friends and a few strangers found a great way to organise an online karaoke party with a simple video conferencing software setup. What a great idea!
We at Singa encourage everyone take care of each other and together sing our way through this weird and unusual time. If you want to use Singa, we've decided to give everyone 30 days of free Singa Premium, no strings attached. If you want to share your song with the world, do it with #quarantinekaraoke.