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Rock Concert - Yangon (Burma)
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Rock Concert - Yangon (Burma)
Description: Who wants to kill Burma?s musical inspiration? Is it the Ministry of Culture, who supervises every single cultural event? The official censors prowling backstage, ready to pounce at the first sign of subversive comment? Undeniably, but not only, answers Burma?s artistic community. Censorship does limit many an artist?s freedom of expression, witness be the fate shared by singers with too much of a political conscience. Zayar Thaw, founder of the band Acid and pioneer of the hip hop movement in Burma, is currently serving a 6 year jail sentence for its criticism of the regime. Yet, loading all of Burma?s sins onto one single scapegoat would be too easy. Censorship, artists agree, is in large part a formal hurdle, with rules easy to identify and internalize.

?Since we can?t create freely, we use detours, explains Aung Lin ? a cartoonist ? with a wink. We?re proud of our inspiration. That?s what pushes us forward?. Kyaw Zay Yar Oo, journalist and editor of Myanmar Horizon magazine, adds: ?In Myanmar, journalism is an art. We have to find the right way to say what we want to say. Of course, there are certain boundaries we just can?t cross, such as asking for regime change. But within these limits, there are many things that we can do.?
Keywords: Burma, Myanmar, Yangon, Rangoon, Cocoon, concert, rock, pop, hip, hop, rap, stage, rockstar, musician, singer, guitar, player
Date: 10.05.2010 18:57
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Added by: Brice Richard

Copyright Notice: Brice Richard 2009
Keywords: Asia, Burma, June 13, photo essay, Rangoon, Southeast asia
City: Rangoon
Country: Burma


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