James Shrestha
James Shrestha

UK based Nepali musician James Shrestha is currently preparing for his first ever live performance in Nepal. The Derby based singer will be belting out some of his popular hits including Yo Timlay Garda Ho on the 30th January at the OZONE Premium Club in Pokhara. The event by ZERO61 Entertainment is scheduled for a 6PM start. From Timi Nai Timi to the most recent Falling For You, Shrestha is riding on a high and amassing female fans in thousands. The ongoing Beautiful Faces Photo Contest by the singer has seen entries in hundreds, the person with the winning photo (most likes) will get the opportunity to spend a day with James and a cash prize of Nrs 5000.

I caught up with the young singer ahead of his whirlwind trip to Nepal and here is what he had to say…

Catch James Live in Pokhara - 30 Jan.
Catch James Live in Pokhara – 30 Jan.

What are you most looking forward to from your upcoming trip to Nepal?

It’s been a long time since I last went to Nepal so meeting my families, primary school friends and mainly my fans.

When was the last time that you were in Nepal?

Mmmm, I haven’t been to Nepal since I came to the UK… that was nine years ago. This is the first time I’m going back. I am excited!

For followers and fans of your music, please share if there will be opportunities to see you perform live?

Yes, the Pokhara Gig is fixed for the 30th of January, Sikkim for the 25th and the New Delhi gig on 1st of February is currently on the planning. There’s also talks about the Kathmandu gig. I am not doing many gigs this time as I’m only there for 2 and half weeks.

Who will be going to Nepal with you?

Firstly I will be travelling with my mum on the 21st of January then my brother and my dad will join us later on the 27th. During my time in Nepal I will be staying in Chabahil where I grew up.

You’ve done several tracks already and released few music videos – what is your most memorable moment so far in this journey with music?

Yo Timlay Garda Ho, I was so damn ill during the whole shoot and the cold weather at that time also didn’t help. When we were on the rooftop of the car park building it was too windy but I soldiered on because I’d do anything for music and for my fans.

With a great 2013 behind you there must be exciting plans for the year ahead, so what’s next for you?

I have my debut album “One Day You’ll Understand” releasing in April, the album is mainly about love. There is a collaboration with GX Soul again which will probably happen later in the year, I am looking forward to working with them again and will probably work once every year in the future as well.

My new song Ji Chanta Matina’s video will release on youtube before I go to Nepal and filming for the video is scheduled to take place between the 8th to 13th January. The song also features few words in Newari bhasa. Apart from that I’m working on a electronic dance love song for the upcoming album. There are also plans to start on a mix tape which will not be focused on love but dominated by my rap, rhymes and flow because I see many rappers in Nepal and I like to compete and show my range of talent but for now I am relaxed.

Stills from FALLING FOR YOU Music Video!
Stills from FALLING FOR YOU Music Video!


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