Yone Lay

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Yone Lay
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Yone Lay in 2019
Aung Phone Kyaw

(1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 34)
EducationUniversity of Yangon
OccupationSinger-songwriter, actor, director
Musical career
GenresRap, hip hop
Years active2001–present
Associated actsL Seng Zi

Yone Lay (Burmese: ယုန်လေး; lit. 'little rabbit', born on 23 September 1985) is a Burmese singer, actor and director.[1] He has achieved fame as a singer and actor.[2][3] In August 2020, he was highly criticized after releasing a music video depicting the assassination of Myanmar's defacto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.[4]

Early life[edit]

Yone Lay was born on 23 September 1985 in Yangon, Myanmar to parent Swe Tint and his wife Khin Saw Mu, a former teacher.[3]


Yone Lay began his music career in 2001, as a singer in the underground music industry and sang his own songs. In 2005, he joined a native underground hip hop crew TARGET and released a lot of songs and mix-tapes, collaborating with TARGET 's members. He participated in group albums "Min A Twat 1" (For You 1) in 2005, and "Min A Twat 2" (For You 2) in 2006. One of the songs from the "Min A Twat 2" album, "A Chit A Twat Kan Ma Kaung Khae Thu" song duet with L Seng Zi which gained him to nationwide recognition and that song has been one of the all-time hit in his career. In 2008, he released a solo album "Like Khae Top". His second solo album "Eain Ma Paing Yin Gawli Ma Lok Nae", was released in 2010 which spawned more huge hits. Many music industry records have followed since then.[5][3][6][7]


On 4 August 2020, Yone Lay released a music video titled "The Land of Ours (Time to Unite Myanmar)", and lasted over 13 minutes. It was first posted at the Facebook pages called Taythanthar and Original Gangster. Within a few minutes, people from across the country – including singers, actors and politicians – were criticizing about the music video because that music video is depicting the assassination of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Near the end of music video, army officers are seen bursting into a meeting to assassinate Aung San Suu Kyi – until Senior General Min Aung Hlaing comes to the rescue.[8]

The music video was directed and produced by Yone Lay. He has sung together with other famous singers like Htoo El Lynn, Chan Chan, Moe Moe, Poe Mi, Yarwana and over 20 singers contributed to this song. Chan Chan explained that they did not know that their work and contributions will be used in such a way. Yone Lay was criticised for aligning himself with the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, with suggestions that the video was even funded by the former government.[8]

Aye Kywe, acting director-general of the Information and Public Relations Department said the Ministry of Information would investigate to see whether production of the video violated the regulations of the ministry or the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization, as well as the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.[4]

For his cunning MV creation, Myanmar Motion Picture Organization decreed Yone Lay to pause artistic movements for one year in August, 2020. He can only continue his career later August, 2021.[9][10]


Film (Cinema)[edit]

  • Ko Tha Mine Ko Yay Kya Thu Myar (2012)
  • Lu Gyan Ta Yout Yae Diary (2018)[11]
  • Original Gangster 2 (2017)[12]
  • Special 9 (2018)[13]
  • Beware, It's Dangerous (2019)[14]
  • Ko Tha Mine Ko Yay Kya Thu Myar 2 (2019)[15]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Like Khae Top (2008)
  • Eain Ma Paing Yin Gawli Ma Lok Nae (2010)

Group albums[edit]

  • Min A Twat 1 (2005)
  • Min A Twat 2 (2006)


  1. ^ "Hip-hop that should be stopped". The Myanmar Times. 15 December 2013.
  2. ^ "ထူးအယ်လင်း၊ ယုန်လေးတို့သီဆိုထားသည့် Original Gangster 3 ရုပ်ရှင်ဇာတ်ဝင်တေး (ရုပ်သံ)". Democratic Voice of Burma. 31 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "ငယ်ဘဝလေးအကြောင်း ရင်ဖွင့်လာတဲ့ ယုန်လေး". Myanmarload (in Burmese). 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Myanmar Ministry to Probe Whether Pro-Army Video Was Shot in Violation of COVID-19 Ban". The Irrawaddy. 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ "အက်ရှင်နဲ့ ခပ်ကြမ်းကြမ်းကားတွေ ဖန်တီးချင်တဲ့ အဆိုတော် ယုန်လေး". The Irrawaddy. 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ "သရုပ်ဆောင်ယုန်လေးနှင့်တွေ့ဆုံခြင်း". The Standard Time Daily (in Burmese). 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ "အက်ရှင်ထက် အချစ်ခန်းရိုက်ရတာ အခြေအနေဆိုးပါတယ်ဆိုတဲ့ ယုန်လေး". Kumudra (in Burmese). 14 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Music video with controversial message gets slammed by netizens". The Myanmar Times. 6 August 2020.
  9. ^ "ကျပ်သိန်း ၇၀၀၀ ယူ ရိုက်ကူးသည်ဆိုမှု ယုန်လေး လာရောက်ဖြေရှင်း". The Myanmar Times (in Burmese). 7 August 2020.
  10. ^ Nyan, Zwel (8 August 2020). "ယုန်လေးကို ရိုက်ကူးခွင့်တစ်နှစ်ပိတ်ပင်". 7Day News (in Burmese).
  11. ^ "Lu Gyan Ta Yout Yae Diary". Myanmore Magazine. 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Original Gangster 2". Myanmore Magazine. 7 July 2017.
  13. ^ Aung, Nyan Lynn (20 September 2018). "Laughter completely engulfs the sound of gunfire in 'Special 9'". The Myanmar Times.
  14. ^ "Beware, It's Dangerous". Myanmore Magazine. 26 June 2019.
  15. ^ MediaGroup, AsianFame (8 January 2018). "ကိုယ့်သမိုင်း ကိုယ်ရေးကြသူများ – ၂ အတွက် ရင်အေးခဲ့ရပြီဖြစ်တဲ့ ယုန်လေး". Popular News Journal (in Burmese).