By Mercy Ndirangu
DJing as a profession started way back in in 1943 by Jimmy Savile where he threw the first DJ party dance. He played jazz records for his guests. A few years later, Savile became the first man to use turntables to keep the music in continuous play. A DJ is person who plays recorded music for other people. Since then, this profession has be seen as a man’s field and very few women can be traced to have taken this route as career path until the 21st Century.
Jane Wambui is the first female Dj living with albinism in Kenya. She is a single mother of a 14 years old boy and she is among the few women who have chosen Djing as a career. Ms. Wambui who is in her 30s is a local Dj in different clubs and social Events.
Speaking to Albinism Society of Kenya press Ms. Wambui said that Djing is a career just like any other and it has helped her raise her child up to where he is. “The female DJ world is very poorly represented. Often it’s full of girls admired for their looks more so than skills, pressing play, using auto sync, and looking just so darn cute. Being a female DJ myself, it’s sad to think what our society really thinks of us as loose. Of course there are still many great women in the industry that have true talent but everywhere you look the female DJ is noticed mostly for her “show”. You see it everywhere in advertisement. The crazy part is that we even give more leniencies to the girls. Saying things like, she’s not bad for a girl DJ.” She said.
For her Djing is a passion that she had hard since back in Secondary school. She looks up to Dj Two one Two of Radio Maisha and she hopes one day she may be able to be like him and thus get an opportunity to play in a radio station.
‘As a person with albinism, I have learnt to accept myself the way I am and it is through this I was able to follow my passion of Djing. My plea to the society is to see Djing as a career and not judge a person because it really demoralizes.” She said.
“You can make what you do respectful and professional as long as you have a passion in what you do. Don’t surfer because you don’t have a job, they are so many opportunities that you can do.” She Ended.
Today Albinism Society supported her dream of perfecting her skill by paying her school fee to enable her to be more competent under the societies program ‘Imarisha Masomo’. As Adam Grant once said, “The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It’s the skills you gain about how to learn.”