Overheard Friday night at the Hotel Belvedere, party central in Davos: two young Africans talking—“you going to the Google party? No, the music is so bad. I’m going to the Cabana. To the Indians. The music is great.”
I swear this is true. So, being an intrepid journalist, I checked it out. The Google party, which started around 10PM and got hot by 11, was packed. The 100 YGLs, Young Global Leaders, were all there as well as most of the Davos techies. But it was, indeed, cold. The music was loud but mechanical and annoying. People were exchanging cards and networking. I thought—Enough of that already.
So I went out into the snow to the Cabana, the local hot club usually frequented by the Davosian teen-age set but taken over for one night by the Indians. And the Africa guy was right—the music was totally great. People were drinking and smoking (couldn’t do that at the Belvedere) and dancing like crazy. They were lost in the music, which was sensual, not mechanical.
The big soiree is tonight, Saturday. I’ll report out this event as well. Someone’s gotta do it.
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