Deejaying as a profession started way back in in 1943 by Jimmy Savile, when he threw the first deejay 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 deejay is a person who plays recorded music for other people. Since then, this profession has been viewed as a man’s field and very few women can be identified to have taken this route as career path until the 21st Century.
Jane Wambui is the first female deejay living with albinism in Kenya. She is a single mother of a (fourteen) 14 year old boy and she is among the few women who have chosen deejaying as a career. Ms. Wambui who is in her thirties is a local deejay in different clubs and social events.
Speaking to Albinism Society of Kenya’s (ASK) press, Ms. Wambui said that deejaying is a career just like any other and it has helped her raise her child up to where he is. “The female-deejay-world is poorly represented. Often, it is full of girls admired for their looks more than skills; pressing play, using auto sync and looking just so cute. As a female deejay, it’s sad to to know that society 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 deejay is noticed mostly for her “show”. You see it everywhere in advertisements. The crazy part is that we even give more leniencies to the girls, saying things like, “She is not bad for a female deejay.” She narrated.
For her, deejaying is a passion that she has nurtured since her secondary school years. She looks up to Deejay Two one Two of Radio Maisha and hopes that one day she will be like him 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 that I was able to follow my passion of deejaying. My plea to the society is to view deejaying as a career and not judge a person’s work because it really demoralizes them. You can make what you do respectful and professional as long as you have a passion in what you do. Do not suffer because you lack a job, there are so many opportunities that one can utilise.” She added.
That day, Albinism Society of Kenya supported her dream, of perfecting her skills, by paying her school fees to build her capacity and make her more competent in her area of interest. 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.”