|Myanmar / Burma:
Hip-hop artist released from prison
On 6 January 2009, the Burmese military junta authorities released popular hip-hop singer Yan Yan Chan, who was arrested in April 2008, reported Mizzima News.
“The judge ordered his release and so he was freed yesterday evening,” the
“As far as I understand, he [Yan Yan Chan] was charged in a drug related
When contacted, Yan Yan Chan’s family members confirmed his released but
Popular hip-hop band
Yan Yan Chan co-founded the first Burmese hip-hop band the
His band-colleague, the musician Zayar Thaw, is still in prison, serving a six years sentence.
Yan Yan Chan
Video clip on YouTube
Yan Yan Chan: ‘Lite Kye’
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Search: ‘Yan Yan Chan’
The Irrawaddy – 18 April 2008:
‘Popular Burmese Rap Performer Arrested’
The First Post – 18 April 2008:
‘Junta imprisons Yan Yan Chan’
The Irrawaddy – 28 November 2007:
”Popular Musician and Friends Arrested in Rangoon’
Ashin Mettacara’s blog – 18 April 2008:
‘Free Yan Yan Chan’
In-depth report on music censorship in Burma
How censorship is carried out in Burma
“In Burma, or Myanmar as the generals insist it be called, the government has created artist associations for writers, journalists and any form of entertainer, even athletes. In order to create anything new, permission must be obtained from the government. But before getting approval, the artist’s association memberships are reviewed.
Permission also must be obtained from the police. Military intelligence must approve the content, too.