• Myanmar/Burma: Introduction to Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene An animated video by Scott Bateman and Edith Mirante. SourceSalon.com – 22 May 2008:‘Bateman: Burma’s dangerous hip-hop scene’ Related reading on freemuse.org Read more:
  • Myanmar/Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates Freedom to Create Prize winner

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize winner Win Maw A specially recorded congratulatory message for Win Maw from Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, that was shared with the audience at the 2011 Freedom to Create […]
  • Darko C

    DARKO C(Myanmar / Burma) ##PagePublishedLong## Censorship boundaries in Burma unclear and unpredictable As authorities in Burma are loosening censorship controls over media and the arts, musicians in Rangoon are excited by their newfound freedom. But they remain unsure of the new limits, reported Voice of America on 12 January 2012. “They have reduced the rules […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw released

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Win Maw released Win Maw, one of Burma’s most famous musicians, has been released. According to Democratic Voice of Burma, he was released at 13:40pm local time from Kyaukphyu prison in Arakan state. Freemuse has campaigned for his release for several years and last year he succeeded smuggling new songs out […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: ‘Will censorship of music end?’ asks BBC reporter in Rangoon

    ARTICLES ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma:‘Will censorship of music end?’ asks BBC reporter in Rangoon BBC News’ Jonah Fisher has interviewed Ye Ngwe Soe, lead-singer of the punk band No U Turn, one of the best-known acts on the Rangoon punk scene. “For decades all forms of public expression in Burma have been tightly controlled and […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Awareness concert and award nomination for imprisoned singer

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Win Maw receives Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize Burma’s famous musician and human rights activist Win Maw received the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize in absentia. Launched in 2008, the Freedom to Create Prize is a celebration of the courage and creativity of artists, and the […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:New censorship restrictions on traditional dance troupes In order to weed out vulgar jokes about government officials and ministries, all Burmese traditional dance troupes who wish to make a video of a performance are required to perform a full-dress rehearsal in front of censorship board officials three days prior to a […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Zayar Thaw barred from singing at a live concert

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Zayar Thaw barred from singing at a live concert Zayar Thaw, a famous hip hop singer who was released from prison under an amnesty in May after serving three and a half years of a five-year sentence for his political activities, was barred by Mingla Taung Nyunt township authorities from singing […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop star given amnesty after three years in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma: Hip-hop star given amnesty after three years in prison Zayar Thaw, (also spelled: Zeya, Zeyar or Zay Yar) a prominent hip hop artist and member of the outlawed Generation Wave youth activist group, has been released after almost three years in prison. He is one of around 47 political prisoners […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison The Burmese rapper Zayar Thaw is ‘hot news’ after he was released from prison. Two exiled Burmese news agencies have published interviews with him, republished below with their kind permission. Irrawaddy reporter Ko Htwe spoke to Zayar Thaw shortly after his release […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Authorities release political detainees in an amnesty

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Authorities release political detainees in an amnesty The popular satirist Zarganar is among dozens of political prisoners who have been released on 12 October 2011 as part of a wider amnesty. There is still no news about the musician Win Maw, who is sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment. Around 70 […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: New Win Maw songs smuggled out of Burma

    CAMPAIGN NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:New Win Maw songs smuggled out of Burma The singer and human rights activist Win Maw has been imprisoned in Burma since 2008. Nevertheless, he continues his struggle for freedom of expression from the prison. In February 2011, Freemuse received three new songs from him. Win Maw doesn’t give up […]
  • Generation Wave

    GENERATION WAVE(Burma / Myanmar) ##PagePublishedLong## Generation Wave speak about freedom of expression in Burma Freemuse interview with four members of Generation Wave — a group which is part of an underground political network both inside and outside Burma. 21 members of the group are presently held as political prisoners in Burma. Generation Wave use hip-hop […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Exiled musicians publish album of protest songs

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Exiled musicians publish album of protest songs A new album of satire, poetry and music produced by Burmese activists living in exile in India is aired around the world, smuggled into Burma and can even be heard secretly on radios there. In songs and verse, singers and poets attack mismanagement […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Ban on Western musical instruments

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Ban on Western musical instruments Burma’s Ministry of Culture has ordered the country’s traditional Saing orchestras not to use Western musical instruments — a move likely to reduce the popularity of many of the groups. The new regulations were reported by the Rangoon journal The Voice, which said they had […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip hop musician’s third year in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Hip hop musician’s third year in prison The magazine The Irrawaddy reminds us about an imprisoned musician, Burma’s popular hip hop artist Zayar Thaw, who is serving his third year under detention in a prison at Kawthaung. As well as being a musician, Zayar Thaw is also a social activist […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Music a vehicle for significant dissent

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: Music a vehicle for significant dissent Nine out of 12 songs on Thxa Soe’s most recent album were banned by Burma’s censorship board. How 29-year-old Thxa Soe — one of Burma’s leading hip-hop stars — and the underground group Generation Wave challenge the restrictions of the ruling military junta is […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Two musicians arrested, another released after torture

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma:Two musicians arrested, another released after torture Singer Nyi Paing and songwriter Min Satta have reportedly been arrested by Burmese authorities’ Special Branch. Another report says the singer Htoo Htoo Chay who was arrested in September has been released from prison after being tortured. “We got confirmation that 41 people were […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop artist released from prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 popular singer was released on Tuesday evening by the western district court in the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Hip-hop performer sentenced to six years in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar: 27-year-old performer sentenced to six years in prison One of the most popular performers on Burma’s music scene, hip-hop star Zayar Thaw, was sentenced to six years imprisonment by a Rangoon court on 20 November 2008 for his involvement in anti-regime protests, reported The Irrawaddy. Zayar Thaw (also known as […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musican Win Maw sentenced to six years in prison

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma / Myanmar:Musican sentenced to six years in prison Musician Win Maw received a sentence of six years imprisonment by a closed court in Rangoon’s Insein Prison on 11 November 2008, relatives reported The 46-year-old guitarist Ko Win Maw was convicted for “sending false news abroad”, even though it wasn’t false, and there […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Corporate censorship is gaining control

    Thangyat is a traditional form of entertainment performed for the New Year Thingyan Water Festival in Burma / Myanmar which takes place this week. Thangyat was banned by the military government after the uprising in 1988 but was kept alive in exile before being allowed back last year. But corporate censorship is now comfortably stepping […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Interview with exiled musician Mun Awng

    ARTIST PROFILE ##PagePublishedLong## Living with censorship in Burma (Myanmar): ‘Nobody will know you anymore’ Musician Mun Awng left Burma to be able to make music free of censorship and in hope of improving the political situation in his country. He started his musical career in the 1980s while studying in Rangoon, but being a musician […]
  • Campaign: Urge for immediate release of Burmese musician

    CAMPAIGN ##PagePublishedLong## Freemuse:Urge for immediate release of Burmese musician Freemuse joins International PEN’s campaign supporting Win Maw, arrested by Burmese authorities on 27 November 2007. Win Maw is held in the Insein Prison, Yangon, and is said to be seriously ill as a result of torture in detention. On 7 May 2008 it was reported that […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musician Win Maw arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## The following article was transmitted by International PEN’s Rapid Action Network on 15 May 2008 Myanmar / Burma:Musician Win Maw arrested The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN is gravely concerned for the well-being of leading Burmese musician Win Maw, who was arrested on 27 November 2007 and is said to be seriously ill […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musicians are being arrested

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma:Musicians are being arrested Two members of the controversial Burmese hip-hop group Acid have recently been arrested, possibly because of lyrics in some of their songs referring to the lack of press freedom in the country. Artists in Burma have had a hard time since the September 2007 demonstrations. In November […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Flow of secret music files

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## 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 […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Music under siege

    ARTICLES 28 October 2005 Myanmar / Burma:Music under siege Music has provided a rallying point for the masses during political upheavals in Burma, just as it has elsewhere in South-East Asia. It has served as a potent response to the rapid political and social displacements brought on by neocolonialism, industrialization and dictatorship. By Aung Zaw […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Musical satire banned by authorities

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Myanmar / Burma:Musical satire banned Authorities have banned a video compact disc depicting a traditional performance on the grounds that some of the content is critical of the military government, reports the news magazine The Irrawaddy The video compact disc is entitled ‘Say Yaung Sone’, meaning “The Colorful”. It is produced by the […]
  • Myanmar/Burma: Conscripted for Karaoke

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Burma: Conscripted for Karaoke Promoting the Burmese governments National Convention, three famous singers; Khin Maung Toe, Ringo and Htun Aeindrabo are singing a jingle on Myanmar TV—but something is not right. Expressionless, the three gaze at their scripts and sing blankly, even though the song is short and repetitive. The singing zombie trio […]
  • Aung Zaw: Music censorship in Myanmar / Burma

    INTERVIEW ##PagePublishedLong## Music censorship in Myanmar/BurmaAung Zaw, journalist, member of the Freemuse Executive Committee Aung Zaw is from Myanmar/Burma and is the editor of The Irrawaddy, a magazine published in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Irrawaddy covers news and offers in-depth analysis of political and cultural affairs in Burma and Asia generally. This interview was conducted by Freemuse’s […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY     Marie Korpe, Executive Director of Freemuse: Local ownership to the event develops great diversity of innovative events   Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returned to Kabul, music was smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed over a much awaited award. Lapiro de Mbanga with the […]
  • China/Cote d’Ivoire/Myanmar/Burma: ‘An Independent Mind’

    FILM 22 September 2008 Burma / China / Côte d’IvoireFilm with Freemuse Award winner Tiken Jah Fakoly, who received the Freemuse Award 2008, is one of the main characters in a new documentary film, ‘An Independent Mind’ — about freedom of speech and how far individuals in different countries will go in order to preserve […]
  • Shoot the Singer! Book

    SHOOT THE SINGER! MUSIC CENSORSHIP TODAY 25 May 2004 Edited by Marie Korpe (Executive Director, Freemuse), published by Zed Books, London.Publication date: 18 May 2004. CD included. Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today was presented on 18 May 2004 at a combined book launch and one-day seminar on music censorship at SOAS (School of Oriental […]
  • Shoot the Singer! – table of contents

    SHOOT THE SINGER ! TABLE OF CONTENTS Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today table of contents one | Introduction1 What is music censorship? Towards a better understanding of the termMartin Cloonan 2 Music as a parallel power structureAlenka Barber-Kersovan 3 Music as a useless activity: conservative interpretations of music in IslamJonas Otterbeck two | Asia4 […]
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