Nepali Women of the Now: Astha Tamang-Maskey

By Richa Pokhrel/@nepalichoriblog

This month we are featuring Astha, an amazing singer and song writer from Canada. I discovered Astha’s music through social media a few years ago and just fell in love with her voice.  I also like that she sings in both Nepali and English.  My favorite song is Khula Aakash and my favorite music video of hers is Khaali. All her music videos are amazing.  Her most recent released song is Ride.  I admire her because she’s following her dreams and not letting society dictate what she should or shouldn’t do with her life.  Pursuing a creative life is not easy, but Astha does it with class. Thank you Astha for making beautiful music! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for your career.

1. How did you get started? When did you know you wanted to pursue singing as a career?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I was blessed to have an environment where I got to immerse myself in music with my parents being my greatest influences. However, it was when I started writing songs that I knew a career as a singer/songwriter was what I wanted to pursue. I was about 14 years old when I wrote my first song and performed it in front of my high school audience. My love for songwriting is what sparked my passion for music.

2. How did your parents and family react?
My parents have definitely been very supportive of my decision to pursue music as a career. Although the instability and the nature of the music industry can be quite unnerving at times, my family has always had faith in my ability to succeed in whatever I put my mind to.

3. How and where do find inspiration for your song lyrics?
I find inspiration in human emotion and I love trying to capture that in my songs.

4.What has been the most challenging thing about singing?
I think capturing emotion and delivering an authentic vocal performance can be challenging. It is very easy to get carried away with the technicality of singing, but being vulnerable and emoting is what lets listeners into your world and allows them to resonate with your music.

5. What has been the most satisfying thing about singing?
Being able to be my truest self.

6. If I were to look at your playlist right now, what songs/artists would I find?
My playlist changes weekly! This week I’ve been listening to:
– Taku x Wafia
– Daniel Caesar
– Jhene Aiko
– Jessie Reyez

7. What can Nepali families do to encourage women to pursue the creative arts?
Investing in the Nepali arts scene, supporting young female artists, introducing positive female role models to their daughters, investing in training (Ex.Vocal lessons, guitar classes, art classes etc.), encouraging their daughters not just to excel academically but creatively as well.

8. What social issues do you feel most passionate about and why?
I feel passionate about mentoring young creatives especially young females. I find happiness in having the opportunity to help them pursue their fulfillment and passions in life. An ongoing passion project of mine has been to raise funds for the young girls at the CWIN Balika Peace Home in Nepal. I would encourage anyone reading to watch this music video and donate what they can to this cause :

9. Who are your role models?
My parents.

10. What advice would you give to women who want to pursue a similar career?
I would ask them to trust their intuition, be true to who they are, never underestimate their talent, always have confidence, invest in their skills and never EVER be fearful.

11. Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
Every city I go to, I look for the best momos in town .

12. Best piece of advice you have received.
Follow your highest excitement, to your greatest ability with absolutely no expectations of the outcome.

Here is her favorite music video. I love it too!

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