|Myanmar / Burma:
Flow of secret music files
While demonstrations, arrests and killings take place in Rangoon, and online media networks, websites and weblogs in Burma have been blocked, exiled Burmese musicians have quickly developed alternative communication channels, and their music, as well as video footage, is being smuggled across borders and distributed secretly within Burma via the internet
An example of a Burmese music group which is a ‘thorn in the eye’ of Myanmar’s military authorities, using music as an underground channel for political debate, is the hip-hop group MFG – Myanmar Future Generations. On 20 September 2007 they released a new protest song entitled ‘Generations Remix’, ‘MyoSetMyar Ei PongSetChin’, which they dedicate as “a tribute to the ’88 Generation Students’ brothers and sisters”. The group is presently finishing a ‘music documentary presentation’ to follow the song up.
“In urgency of time – please feel free to spread this music around to support for people in the country,” they write on their ‘underground network’ page on lunge.multiply.com. They grant everyone to re-distribute their songs freely in any medium “for the good cause of Myanmar Freedom Movement with non-profit intentions”.
About the artists
Hip-hop causes controverse in Burma.
MFG does not distribute photos of themselves. Above is another – not quite as controversial – Burmese hip-hopper: Ya Tha
M.F.G.’s official website:
www.mm-fg.net – where the song can be downloaded
M.F.G.’s ‘underground network’ page:
BBC Burmese – 8 July 2004:
‘MFG Myanmar Future Generations’