Battle of the female rappers

Battle of the female rappers

Battle of the female rappers

Female rappers are causing a stir in Nepal, it appears – an unusual phenomenon for a country dogged by gender violence.

Raw Barz, a freestyle hip-hop movement, has hosted the country’s first female rap battle. The event, spearheaded by Nepalese rap icon Yama Buddha, allows fledgling rappers to build a career in Nepal’s music industry. Until now, it’s been dominated by men, with the likes of Laure and Sacar releasing their own music videos.

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But young women are stealing their thunder for the first time. The most popular among the few female rappers are Tsamyun, Pari and Rhythms Up, who trade jokes in a mixture of English and Nepalese to the roars of the male-dominated crowd. The event’s official blog carries a synopsis of a “heated female rap battle” between Tsamyun and Rhythms Up: “Tsamyun disses her opponent for her looks” and Rhythms Up “chooses to humiliate her opponent with nerdy jokes and sarcasm”.

In contrast to these confident street poets, statistics tell a different story about women’s lives in Nepal. UN figures suggest gender-based violence and child marriage are still pervasive. Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2012: Nepal says trafficking, domestic violence, dowry-related violence, rape and sexual assault continue to plague the country. In response, Social Welfare Minister Badri Prasad Neupane told the UN in March that Nepal has adopted a five-year national strategy aimed at ending gender-based violence.

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Battle of Pari and Tsamyun



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