Mun Awng

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Mun Awng (born 1960)[1] is a Kachin singer, song writer, and pro-democracy activist. Awng was born in the Kachin State in north of Burma to a small Christian minority. His Christian name was Dennis Daws, a name he later changed. Awng became a popular singer and musician in Burma during the 1980s. Due to having participated in the wave of anti-government demonstrations in 1988, that resulted in more than 3,000 dead civilians, he was forced to leave Burma and has been living in exile in Eidsvoll, Norway since.[2] He fled to Norway to work with the opposition Democratic Voice of Burma radio and television broadcaster. From abroad he continued to release albums and activists sang his songs while facing down the military in both the 1996,[2] and the 2007 anti-government[1] street protests. Awng is considered a "subversive element" by the military junta in Burma.

Music[edit]

Awng's music is a mix of Western style rock music and east Asian ballads.[1] Since he flew into exile he has not produced more than two albums in the last fourteen years. Even under the scrutiny of the notorious censorship board, the Press Scrutiny Board,[3] Awng managed to produce one album a year in Burma.[2] He occasionally performs his music for Burmese exiles in other countries.[4]

For The Lady[edit]

In 2004 Awng was part of a musical project to raise funds for the US campaign for Democracy in Burma. Together with well-known pop stars such as U2, Avril Lavigne, Talib Kweli and more they created an album dedicated to the famous Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi. Awng penned the album's final cut with his "Tempest of Blood".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Burmas forbudte sanger". Aftenposten.no. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b c Taunggyi, PHIL ZABRISKIE (2002-05-06). "Hard Rock". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  3. ^ "And The Band Played On". The irrawaddy. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  4. ^ "PRI's The World - Burmese musicians". PRI. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  5. ^ "For The Lady". BBC Burmese. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 

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