影/尼泊爾女DJ強勢崛起!不服輸的音樂態度 | To her beat: Nepal’s female DJs on the rise

在尼泊爾,鮮少有女性DJ被認真當作專業音樂人看待,而更像是一種噱頭或賣點。雖然如此,這並沒有澆熄這位來自尼泊爾的女DJ——Zenny Taman對音樂的熱情。

In Nepal, female DJs are looked on as an attraction rather than DJs. However, this hasn’t stopped Zenny Tamang, a female DJ from Nepal, from pursuing her passion.

善於觀察群眾的Zenny總是能帶給觀眾最合適的音樂。儘管在這行,女性DJ多以外貌或身材走紅,但Zenny希望能夠以自己的作品和專業性被大眾認識。

With an innate ability to study crowds and understand their music, DJ Zenny wants to be known by her work and professionalism. Yet in this line of work, women are invariably labeled by their face or body.

「走上這條路,家人們不會支持,社會也會以負面的角度看待你」她說。對Zenny而言,在以男DJ為主流市場的尼泊爾夜店中闖出自己的天下,是一場奮力向前的戰鬥。

“Family members will not support you and society looks at it from a negative perspective”, Zenny explains. Disrupting Nepal’s male dominated music industry as a female DJ is an upward battle to her.

另一名尼泊爾女DJ——Sushmita Maharjan同樣也因女性身份而承受著負面的眼光。她說:「當我說我要上夜店時,大家總是以為我是去玩,而不是去工作」。

Sushmita Maharjan also carries the baggage and negative connotations that comes with being a female DJ in Nepal. “People imagine something else when I say I am going to the club”, Sushmita admits. 

不過,隨著尼泊爾的夜生活越來越繁榮,女性DJ的成長和接納度也不斷在成長,甚至出現培育女性DJ人才的培訓機構,支持更多年輕女性投入DJ產業。

However, as more clubs have sprung up in Nepal’s nightlife scene, the growth and popularity of female DJs are undeniable. Training institutions have surfaced in Nepal to support the younger generation and welcome aspiring female DJs. 

Zenny 和 Sushmita持續在為女性DJ們鋪路,讓他們能以專業的音樂技巧和才華被大眾喜愛。「社會大眾不將我們視為音樂人,我們想改變這項認知」。

Zenny and Sushmita are still paving the way for female DJs to be known by their skills and talent in Nepal. “Society and even organizations still do not view us as artists. I want to change that perception”. They said.