Miss Pam makes a liv­ing through her pas­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

FE­MALE DJs in Zimbabwe are be­gin­ning to blos­som as well as prove that they can rise to the oc­ca­sion and Miss Pam the DJ is one of them.

Be­ing looked at as fee­ble, meek and timid is not part of Miss Pam the DJ’s reper­toire when she is on the decks.

The Bu­l­awayo born wheel spin­ner is slowly carv­ing out a name in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Miss Pam has joined a pool of prom­i­nent fe­male DJs that head­line in­ter­na­tional acts such as DJ Liz, Noma that Girl and Harare’s DJ Naida.

Born Is­abel Pamela Tsh­ing­wana, the 24 year old is one of the en­ter­tain­ers that are ex­pected to bring the house down on Satur­day in Bu­l­awayo at the Cas­tle Lite Block party.

Miss Pam, who de­scribes her­self as a mix DJ, said dee­jay­ing was more than a pas­sion.

“This is where I get my money to put food on my ta­ble. I chose dee­jay­ing so that I can make money and be as fa­mous like David Guetta who is in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned. I’m at school pur­su­ing my stud­ies so that I can bet­ter un­der­stand the busi­ness side of mak­ing money from my tal­ent,” said Miss Pam.

She said at first she wanted to spe­cialise in house mu­sic but later re­alised that not ev­ery­one en­joys the mu­sic. Miss Pam said she was in dee­jay­ing to change per­cep­tions that women were in­fe­rior to men. “I can play at par or bet­ter than most male DJs and they know that but won’t ad­mit. Hon­estly peo­ple still have the per­cep­tion that women can’t per­form bet­ter or at par with men. At times we are paid less money for gigs com­pared to what is paid to our male coun­ter­parts, a con­fir­ma­tion that even some pro­mot­ers be­lieve we are in­fe­rior,” said Miss Pam. She said like any other pro­fes­sion, there were many chal­lenges that come with dee­jay­ing. “I’m still not be­ing taken se­ri­ously by some pro­mot­ers. One ex­am­ple is when I called some­one to find out how I could be part of a gig, they said I should come for tri­als. I don’t think if I was male he would’ve said that to me,” said Miss Pam. She said oth­ers book her and pay for her trans­port out of the city and when she is done with the gig, she is told there is no ac­com­mo­da­tion. “The sleep­ing ar­range­ments will now be the pro­moter’s house, which isn’t a good idea,” she said. Miss Pam has been in the in­dus­try for the past two years and said she stum­bled onto the trade af­ter high school.

“I had just com­pleted my high school stud­ies at St Colum­bus and I was wait­ing for my re­sults when fel­low school mate DJ Ryan Synth in­tro­duced me to the decks.

I saw a poster from Ingwe Stu­dios which was of­fer­ing lessons in dee­jay­ing. Af­ter I en­rolled at the school I was taught by DJ Scooby and that’s where my in­ter­est in dee­jay­ing de­vel­oped. Ryan Synth had been turn­ing ta­bles for some time and af­ter my lessons at Ingwe Stu­dios I ap­proached him to help me per­fect the skills I had learnt,” said Miss Pam.

“Through DJ Scooby I got my first gig at Hori­zon in 2014. It was a Mil­lar Draught Beer pro­mo­tion and I was pet­ri­fied. It was my first time to be in front of a huge crowd but to my sur­prise I rose to the oc­ca­sion and fans danced through­out my one hour set,” said Miss Pam.

As Miss Pam’s con­fi­dence grew the same year she was called for an­other gig this time at braai spot 747 in Queens Park East where she said she got her first mean­ing­ful wage.

“The mem­o­rable gig was in De­cem­ber 2014 at 747 where we were pro­mot­ing Delta Bev­er­ages and I got so much money that I bought my first touch screen, Lu­mina. I bought clothes, did my hair and nails,” said Miss Pam.

Apart from be­ing a DJ, Miss Pam is a singer at heart and started singing while in pri­mary school.

Mean­while, Ms Pam said her most dis­tress­ing time was when she lost her mother when she was 20.

“My mother’s pass­ing on wasn’t easy be­cause she was my all. Even now I still miss her and I wish she was here to ad­vise me on things that I don’t un­der­stand in life,” she said.

Miss Pam

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