Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Burma music scene

Burma, officially titled as Myanmar, currently has a thriving pop music scene. You wouldn't expect this as you usually associate Burma with political oppression and civil rights issues. Because of censorship and possible legalities, artists are forced to create songs based love, happiness and family rather than taking a pro-democracy stand. It also doesn't have many copyright laws and as a result a lot of the songs are mere imitations of American and British pop hits, with Burmese lyrics and cultural influences.

Some of the hottest Burmese versions of top western songs include the following artists: Snoop Dogg, Shakira and Celine Dion.

I found the article interesting mainly of the unexpected success of the music industry. It was fascinating to see a thriving music scene in an oppressive country.

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