Nepali songstress performs at the NBA games

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  • Among hundreds of those who auditioned, 16-year-old Nepali-American singer, Prakriti Deuja was one to make the cut.
Nepali songstress performs at the NBA games

Feb 26, 2015-

Singing the National Anthem before a major sporting event is always a matter of pride for any artiste based in the U.S. On November 20, 2014, it was a Nepali girl who managed to pull the feat. Prakriti Deuja, the America-born singer opened the NBA game between The Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans with her a cappella rendition of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at The Verizon Centre in Washington D.C. She shares her experience with M&S.

Your reaction when you were informed you were selected: My heart actually stopped. I have never felt happier at any given moment until that day. It was truly an honour to serve as the first Nepali-American to perform at the Verizon Centre.

Your musical aspirations for the coming days: I have a few songs that I have been writing, and can surely say that one of them will be coming out soon. I also want to perform more. After performing at the Verizon Centre, who knows where life will take me.

The kind of music you follow: I follow mainly pop, and a little bit of country. I listen to more of bands than music artistes—Coldplay, The Script and M83. I also follow stars such as Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and my absolute favorite, Drake.

Your plans on producing Nepali songs: Nima Rumba had offered to co-write a Nepali song with me. I definitely need to work a bit on my Nepali, but I am looking forward to producing at least one Nepali song for now.

Challenges of a Nepali-American trying to pursue a musical career in the U.S:  You tend to lack the reach of Nepali audience; you’re left with little connection to the music industry as well. But while it may be an uphill stride, I am prepared to take the journey.

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Published: 26-02-2015 15:06

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