Myanmar/Burma: Zayar Thaw barred from singing at a live concert

8 August 2011
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 at a live concert in Rangoon, reported The Irrawaddy.

Zayar Thaw, a co-founder and member of the students pro-democracy group Generation Wave, told The Irrawaddy that the authorities had applied pressure on the concert organisers by saying that if he were on the bill, permission for the concert would be denied. The live concert, which included various well-known pop stars, was held on 6 August 2011 at Kandawgyi Lake.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy, Zayar Thaw said: “It is simply unreasonable to ban me for my political views.”

He told that he had not been informed by the authorities under the new administration of President Thein Sein whether he is currently banned from performing. In July, he told Mizzima News that; “Currently, I’m not banned. But I don’t know about the future. Meanwhile, I heard that my interviews with local journals were not allowed to be published by the censors.”


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The Irrawaddy – 4 August 2011:

‘Dissident Hip-Hop Singer Barred from Live Concert’

Other interviews with Zayar Thaw

Mizzima – 29 July 2011:

‘I will do as many good things as I can for my fans’

Mizzima – 26 May 2011:

‘Rapping on the frustrations of life in Burma’

The Irrawaddy – 25 May 2011:

‘Interview: “Music is in My Blood”‘

More information

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 19 May 2011:

‘Burma’s Amnesty Program Receives Widespread Criticism’

Democratic Voice of Burma – 18 May 2011:

‘Freed hip-hop star says Burma ‘regressing’ ‘

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – 3 March 2010:

‘Rapping the Regime’


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