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UPI Asia.com – 13 November 2008:
‘Frantic week behind Burma’s court doors’
The Irrawaddy – 11 November 2008:
’40 Burmese Dissidents Given Prison Terms of up to 65 Years’
Asian Human Rights Commission, ahrchk.net – 9 September 2008:
‘Man arrested and charged for having contact with overseas radio’ – Urgent Appeal Case and Case Details (Win Maw)
About Win Maw
By Aung Zaw
Win Maw launched his music career in 1984 when he was a student at Rangoon University. But he soon found himself neglecting his studies. Instead he devoted his time to refining his craft as the lead guitarist for the amateur rock band, Computer Control.
Eventually, Win Maw decided to leave school altogether to dedicate all his creative energies to the band, which included his only brother, Win Zaw, on bass. Although they never achieved great fame and fortune, Computer Control was talented enough to earn a nightly spot on the state-run Myanmar TV in 1994. As the use of English language on Burmese television is strongly discouraged, Computer Control soon became known as Shwe Tan Zin, or Golden Melody. But the forced adoption of the new name elicited no complaints from the band, as the television spot afforded them the opportunity to reach a wider audience and keep their rock-and-roll dreams alive.
But the pair’s musical dreams turned into nightmares in November 1996 when Burma’s Military Intelligence Services (MIS) arrested the two brothers and Win Tin, the band’s drummer. They were charged with singing anti-regime songs to remakes of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, and Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Their music was subsequently banned from the airwaves, and in January 1997 the trio was sentenced to seven years of hard labor in prison.
Later that year, a group of musicians petitioned the SPDC for their release but their pleas were ignored. Win Tin served five years of his sentence at Tharawaddy Prison and was released on 16 August 2004. (…)
Excerpt from the book ‘Shoot the Singer!’ which was published in 2004.
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