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Myanmar/Burma: Interviews with rapper Thaw after his release from prison

27 May 2011

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 and discussed his life as a political prisoner …

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Myanmar/Burma: New Win Maw songs smuggled out of Burma

16 February 2011

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 that easily. On 5 March 2009 he was …

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Burma / Myanmar: Generation Wave

11 February 2011

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 …

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Generation Wave speak about freedom of expression in Burma/Myanmar

5 November 2010

  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 …

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Myanmar/Burma: Freemuse in joint campaign for imprisoned comedian

25 August 2010

The Free Zarganar Campaign, which advocates for the immediate release of Burmese comedian Zarganar, urges MEP’s to nominate Zarganar for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Price. The Free Zarganar Campaign, was launched by a coalition of human rights and freedom of expression organisations, including Freemuse, following his arrest in 2008. The goal is …

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Myanmar/Burma: Music a vehicle for significant dissent

26 April 2010

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 described by journalist Jack Davies in …

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Myanmar/Burma: Exiled musicians publish album of protest songs

19 April 2010

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 of the country’seconomy, human rights abuses and …

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Myanmar/Burma: Hip hop musician’s third year in prison

7 April 2010

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 who has used his music to raise …

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Myanmar/Burma: Ban on Western musical instruments

6 January 2010

  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 been issued to the …

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