Named the Rising Star of Bhutan by Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan, in 2016, Kezang Dorji is a Bhutanese rapper (B-Pop Artist) and a social worker. Kezang is a Raptivist who makes rap songs with social messages and frequently engages in social works. He is the first Bhutanese artist to feature on the BBC and CNN.
Kezang was born in 1989 in a remote village called Wooling under Orong Gewog in Samdrup Jongkhar district in Eastern Bhutan. His parents separated when he was six after his family had moved to Dewathang, a small town in the same district. He was raised in poverty by his mother. His struggle and Eminem inspired him to get into rapping.
In 2011, Kezang launched his first music album with his college band Sherubtse Rockers. His song Chegi Denley was released on YouTube as a promotional video for the album.
Kezang joined M-Studio in 2013 and has released all his songs from the studio ever since. His first song in a Bhutanese movie Gachibey had a good response and thereafter Kezang has featured in a number of Bhutanese movies.
In 2017, he released a compilation album of 16 songs called “The Kuzuzangpo Album” and became the first Bhutanese artist to release an album on a USB drive.
He released his latest album KUZUZANGPO 2 in January 2019. You can listen to the audio of the album here.
He became the first Bhutanese artist to tour the country with The Kuzuzangpo Tour in 2016 which covered 9 districts.
Currently, Kezang is on his second musical tour titled the KUZUZANGPO Tour Season 2 covering all 20 districts of Bhutan.
Kezang is arguably the first Bhutanese artist to cross a million views on YouTube. Kezang is the first Bhutanese artist to be featured on CNN (April 2016) and he also is the first Bhutanese artist to be covered by BBC (May 2018)
In 2007, Kezang stood whole Bhutan first in a national level poetry competition and won the Grand Jury Award in the Children and Youth Festival 2007 for his poem “Wherever Thy Majesty Leads”.
In 2010, as a student of Sherubtse College, Kezang received the “Certificate of Excellence” from World Poets and Peace Summit, in Kolkatta, India in recognition of his works in creative and performing arts.
In 2011 while in Sherubtse, Kezang published a poetry book called “Wings for a Flight” which he co-wrote with his best friend.
Awards & Recognition
In 2012, for his contribution to the community as a student in Sherubtse College, he was awarded the prestigious “Director’s Medal for Social Service” from Sherubtse College.
In 2014, Kezang won the “Democracy Day Challenge Grant” from Bhutan Center for Media and Democracy.
In 2018, Kezang was awarded the South Asian Youth Award 2018 by the International Youth Committee.
Kezang has represented Bhutan in the following international youth summits:
- LEAD Alliance 2017 in Mongolia,
- Generation Democracy in Indonesia in 2017 and
- Global Summit in Austria in 2018.
Kezang was elected the President of Sherubtse College in 2011.
In August 2012, he was elected the Chief Councilor at the National Graduates Orientation Program securing the highest votes from Bhutan’s Graduates in that year.
In 2014, Kezang became a member and was elected as the Speaker of the first group of the Youth Initiative.
A Motivational Speaker
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