Exiled Singer to Give First Concert in Burma in Two Decades

By Nobel Zaw 26 February 2015

RANGOON — Mun Awng, a well-known exiled Kachin singer, will hold his first concert in Burma in more than 25 years on March 3, when he is scheduled to perform at Mandalay’s Diamond Plaza, a concert organizer announced on Thursday.

Tickets have gone on sale and prices vary from 10,000 kyats to 30,000 kyats (US$10-30), according to an announcement by Legacy Music Network posted on Facebook.

He will also perform in Rangoon, Burma’s biggest city, on March 10 at the National Theater.

Mun Awng, aged 55, rose to fame in the mid-1980s with the release of his first album called 8/82 Inya. He was known for his protest songs calling for democracy, peace and an end to military rule in Burma.

He played a role in the 1988 democratic uprising that was crushed by the Burma Army. Mun Awng was forced to flee the country like thousands of other students and dissidents. He was granted asylum in Norway where he continues to live and from where he writes songs calling for democracy in Burma.

The Burmese government rejected his visa application in December last year but in January he was able to receive a visa to visit and perform in his native country.