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Bhutan’s music scene: Passionate young artists pursuing music careers

While sustaining a music career remains a challenge, Bhutanese artists express optimism about the future

Update : 31 Jul 2023, 01:45 AM

In the picturesque country of Bhutan, Jampel Zangpo, driven by his love for music, has transitioned from a hobbyist to a full-time music producer and singer.

The evolving landscape of the music industry, particularly in the Internet age, has offered young artists like him a chance to make a name for themselves beyond traditional avenues like performing in bars and pubs.

Social networking platforms, along with music streaming services like SoundCloud, have become crucial platforms for pursuing music as a vocation.

For Jampel, the journey started as a hobby, but as he connected with more people and created songs, he realized the potential of earning a living through music.

Social media, especially TikTok, has played a significant role in spreading his music and connecting with audiences. Jampel's work on the song titled "Khaten" opened doors for him, leading to more opportunities and collaborations with other artists.

Though the music industry in Bhutan faces challenges due to its relatively small market and limited investments, young artists like Rigyel Phuntshok and Ugyen Norlha believe that the industry is gradually evolving, providing more opportunities for passionate artists.

While sustaining a music career remains challenging, Bhutanese artists express optimism about the future.

However, they also stress the need for better support and an organized music association in the country to protect copyrights and foster industry growth.

In pursuit of their dreams, Bhutan's aspiring artists continue to showcase their passion, dedication, and love for art, paving their way to a brighter future in the music world.

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