Astha Tamang-Maskey is an aspiring Nepalese independent singer/songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. 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), Astha is also a budding sound engineer. 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. 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 production genius, 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. Astha released her English EP – 11:11 in 2011 and came out with her second Nepali album “Ma Ek Sapana” in June, 2012 at a grand event at the Rastria Naach Ghar, Kathmandu. The event featured live collaborations with two prominent Nepali acts: Kutumba and Jindabaad. Astha’s newest Nepali single, an awareness song for the child rights organization CWIN, that she sincerely supports, released in December, 2015 as an effort to raise awareness and funds for the CWIN Balika Peace Home.
Her first radio single off the Nepali album, “Gotta be love” received a significant amount of plays, charting at number 1 on Nepalese FM stations. Her second radio hit, “Jhuto Satya” received a nomination for “Best Rock Vocal Performance” on Image Awards 2009 (Nepal). Recently, Astha was awarded the “Best Pop Female Vocalist” award at Radio Kantipur’s Music Honours 2010 (Nepal). Her latest single “Khula Aakash” (2012) received airplay on MTV Roots India and charted number one on all major Nepalese radio stations. Her single “Harek Saas Sita” charted number 1 on Hits FM radio station and was nominated for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” on Hits FM Music Awards 2013 (Nepal). In 2014, Astha placed second place in Ryan Seacrest’s March Music Madness contest garnering thousands of hits on her YouTube cover of John Legend’s “All of Me”.
Over the years Astha has had the opportunity of performing in prominent concert venues all around the world such as The Metro (Sydney, Australia) , The Coronet Theatre (London, UK), The Hi-Fi (Melbourne, Australia), Café Life and Loud (Sikkim, India), The Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto, Canada), The Opera House (Toronto, Canada), Princes Hall (Aldershot, UK), Leas Cliff Hall (Folkestone, UK), The Hard Rock Café (Boston, USA) to name a few. She has also performed at numerous music festivals such as Fête de la Musique, City Roots Festival, Nepal Music Festival, the Chevrolet Miles Music Festival and the Himalayan Blues Festival.