Singer/Songwriter/Sound Engineer

“An emotionally inspired songstress with a graceful and versatile acoustic sound…”

Singer/songwriter Astha Tamang-Maskey is an aspiring young new talent rising in the Toronto independent music scene. Originating from Nepal, she comes to the table with a charismatic persona and a unique sound backed by her acoustic guitar. Having been continuously songwriting since the age of 14, Astha now has an array of songs which all hold meaning and speak of a deep truth.

Graduating from the Independent Music Production program at Toronto’s Seneca College (2008) and the Audio Engineering Program at the Harris Institute of Toronto (2011), she developed the necessary skills to begin her career as an Independent artist. She has performed at numerous Toronto music venues such as the Smiling Buddha, the Reverb, Holy Joes, the Horseshoe Tavern, Tranzac and the Opera House to name a few. She has also performed at multiple music festivals in Nepal such as Fête de la Musique, Nepal Music Festival, the Chevrolet Miles Music Festival and the Himalayan Blues Festival.

When given the opportunity to travel back to Nepal, she took advantage of it, and released a Nepali debut album, “Sabai Thikai Huncha” in January 2009 (Kathmandu). Independently released by Astha, the album is a mix of acoustic, live and electronic music, with 1 English and 7 Nepali songs co-written by Astha and her
mother Susan Maskey. Working closely with Astha was a 22 year old production genius named Rohit Shakya who brilliantly produced all the songs on the project. Also featured on the album are prominent
Nepalese musicians such as: Rizu Tuladhar (Looza) on bass, Abishek Bhadra (JSC Trio) on keys, and Prazol Raj Kanskar (Looza) on drums.

Her first radio single off the Nepali album, “Gotta be love” received a significant amount of plays charting at number 1 on the Nepalese FM stations. Her second radio hit, “Jhuto Satya” received a nomination for “Best Rock Vocal Performance” on the Nepalese TV-Image Award 2009. Recently, Astha was awarded the “Best Pop Female Vocalist” award at Radio Kantipur’s Music Honours – 2010 (Kathmandu). Her latest single “Khula Aakash” (2012) received airplay on MTV Roots India and charted number one as well on all major Nepalese radio stations.

Astha released her debut English EP – 11:11 in 2011, and came out with her most recent Nepali release “Ma Ek Sapana” in June, 2012. Young and driven, she has realized that a career in music is her ultimate passion. For one so young, her voice resonates with confidence. Astha – the name itself means to have faith, and her faith is in her music.
“Astha has that rare gleaming charm to herself which allures even grown up men to listen to her pretty yet powerful voice singing of teenage angst and puppy love lost.” – Republica Newspaper- Nepal

“She is a gifted singer with a fairly versatile voice. She sounds as good singing ballads over acoustic guitar in the title track as she does while packing heavy pop singles” – Y! Magazine – Nepal

“Finding space here for her sheer talent and passion for music, Astha is probably the freshest sound to hit the Nepali music industry.” –Wave Magazine, Nepal

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