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 music as an integrated part of their communication strategy in order to reach young audiences. They secretly records and distributes anti-government albums across Bruma, dropping them at the tea shops that are the social hubs for Burma’s underground political network.
They have written songs such as ‘Wake Up’, a call for young people to join the pro-democracy movement, and ‘Khwin Pyu Dot May’ (Please Excuse Me), the story of a young man asking his mother’s permission to join the struggle. Most of its members keep their identities a secret, after high-profile member, Zayar Thaw, was convicted with six years imprisonment for forming an illegal organisation.
In this interview four members of Generation Wave speak about their experiences with censorship of music in Burma/Myanmar.
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Generation Wave’s profile on Facebook:
Press photo in high resolution
The audio recording is produced by Freemuse.
It was recorded on 5 November 2010 in Copenhagen,
Denmark, by Mik Aidt.
Interview – edited for radio broadcast Duration:
The full audio recording, unedited, in low resolution (56K). Duration: 14:57 minutes