Myanmar/Burma: Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer

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Burma / Myanmar:
Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer

A concert event is held on 26 November in Thailand for the Burmese singer and human rights activist Win Maw, imprisoned in Burma since 2008, and now shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize.


Nominated by Freemuse, Win Maw is now shortlisted for the Freedom to Create Prize in the ‘Imprisoned artist’ category.

In November 2009 the Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga won the Freedom to Create prize in the same category after he had been recommended by Freemuse.

If you are in Thailand on 26 November 2011, don’t miss the concert event for Win Maw which takes place in Chiang Mai:


ROCKING THE CELL

Win Maw, a DVB journalist and a prominent singer and songwriter, is serving 13 years in jail. To mark the four-year anniversary of his arrest, we are organising a concert to raise awareness of his situation.

More than eight bands comprised of international musicians will perform a mixture of rock, jazz, Latino, funk, punk, and more.
The Free Burma VJ campaign is delighted to invite you to show your support for Win Maw and enjoy what is set to be an amazing concert at North Gate Jazz Co-op in Thailand on Saturday 26 November 2011.
The event will start at 7pm. Free drinks and food will be provided from 7pm to 8:30 pm. Music will go until 12pm.
Share the information and bring your friends.
Show your support for Win Maw and come to the concert.
In solidarity,

Free Burma VJ campaign

Geraldine May
Campaign coordinator
Democratic Voice of Burma
+ 66 (0)84 370 4761

www.freeburmavj.org
www.facebook.com/FreeBurmaVJ
@FreeBurmaVJ
 


Click to go to www.freeburmavj.org


Click to read more about Win Maw on freemuse.org
Win Maw


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Poster for the concert event in Thailand


Reporting from Burma

Win Maw is one of Burma’s most famous musicians, and he was also one of the VJ’s who contributed to the success of the award winning documentary ‘Burma VJ’.

When Win Maw could no longer perform because of harsh censorship he started sending reports to the Norwegian based ‘Voice of Burma’ (DVB). He continues his struggle for freedom of expression from the prison. In February 2011, Freemuse received three new songs from him which had been smuggled out from prison.



Songs by Win Maw

Credits:
Composer and lyrics by Win Maw
Publisher: Win Maw

Any royalty should be forwarded to Freemuse.
We will forward it to his family.


Myanmar / Burma


Right-click to download song               Right-click to download song
Go and sleep                         Idiot
Right-click to download song
March of Saffron Robe (instrumental)


 


Translation of the lyrics
 
Idiot
Is that so? Is that so? Yes it is. Yes it is.
Isn’t it so? Isn’t it so? No it ain’t. No it ain’t.
Whatever they shout he shouts, but he doesn’t know what it is
Whatever they say he writes down, but he doesn’t know what he’s writing.
He doesn’t know whether the horse he is riding is a mare or a stallion.
They tell him go and he sets out without knowing north from south.
Is that so? Is that so? Yes it is. Yes it is.
Isn’t it so? Isn’t it so? No it ain’t. No it ain’t.

Is it true? Yes it is. No it’s not. No, it’s not.
He has no views of his own, but finds them all in others’ mouths.
If they say do, he does it, but he doesn’t know why.
If they tell him ‘Look’, he’ll look but he won’t see.

Is that so? Is that so? Yes it is. Yes it is.
Isn’t it so? Isn’t it so? No it ain’t. No it ain’t.
Just crowd noise, crowd noise x 16

Translators comment
The phrase Yaun-Wa-wa We-Lay-Lay is used for offstage noise to represent a crowd scene, and this song appears to be directed at the USDA, the military government’s rent-a-mob

 

Go and sleep
Take a rest
Don’t go making a mushroom of yourself, mate
If you want to compete with me, you’ll need to be at it 10 years
Don’t try to pull a fast one, you should get real and understand your role in life
Take a rest. Shut your mouth. Take a break over there. Shut your mouth and take a rest

You’re such a bullshit artist, going here and there
Talking about the tigers and the elephants you’ve shot
Trying to be too smart, you build your house with iron bars
But the years will bring it tumbling down in the end
Take a rest. Shut your mouth. Take a break over there
Shut your mouth and take a rest

You’re drowning in your floods and winds of storming talk
And now you’ll lose your way
Real buildings are made with hands, not hot air
If you don’t know how, come and learn

Translators note
This song appears to be directed at ‘activists’ who Win Maw considers to be all mouth. The final line, ‘Come and learn’ sounds like an invitation to join him in jail, nicknamed ‘school’ by many political prisoners, given their interrupted educations.

Relevant information on the internet

The case of Win Maw has also been highlighted by International Pen:
www.internationalpen.org.uk

An article in Irrawaddy describes Win Maw’s career:
www.irrawaddy.org

Win Maw’s case is described in detail by The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners:
www.scribd.com


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