Why is Westlife so popular in Myanmar?

Before I moved to Myanmar, I didn’t know who Westlife was. That’s not because I don’t have opinions on boy bands—I’m a Backstreet Boys boy all the way. I even have a vague memory of debating with my fellow 11-year-olds in the playground of our Southern California Jewish elementary school over which late-90s male vocal ...

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Video for catchy Thingyan anthem takes aim at sexual harrassment

Video for catchy Thingyan anthem takes aim at sexual harrassment

Thingyan season is once again upon us, and Thingyan songs, from the classics to the newest releases, can be heard in taxis, shopping malls, and gym playlists all over the country....

‘Voices for Wildlife’ music festival coming to Yangon April 7

‘Voices for Wildlife’ music festival coming to Yangon April 7

The group that has quickly enlisted the public in the fight against poaching in Myanmar is still at it, this time by organizing a free, public music festival in Yangon to...

Musicians from stuffy Singapore seek creative freedom in Myanmar

Musicians from stuffy Singapore seek creative freedom in Myanmar

What are two English-singing Singaporean musicians to do when their ambitions outgrow their hometown? Try getting famous in Myanmar, of course. Zephyr Khambatta, a Singaporean...

Myanmar fans mourn fallen K-pop star

Myanmar fans mourn fallen K-pop star

Fans from around the world are mourning the loss of Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of top South Korean boy band SHINee, whose funeral was held in Seoul today. The pop star died...

ACID – Myanmar’s hip hop godfathers – to reunite at the Clubhouse tonight

ACID – Myanmar’s hip hop godfathers – to reunite at the Clubhouse tonight

Three of the founding fathers of Burmese hip hop are putting on a rare performance tonight of the music that got them to the top of the charts, the chopping block of the...

Monsoon Madness gets nationalist rebranding after DJs pull out

Monsoon Madness gets nationalist rebranding after DJs pull out

The organizers of the Monsoon Madness Music Festival have confirmed that all four of the original international acts on their lineup have pulled out. In an attempt to salvage...

International DJs remove Myanmar festival from tour schedules

International DJs remove Myanmar festival from tour schedules

In the past 24 hours, two international DJs who were scheduled to headline at the upcoming Monsoon Madness Music Festival in Yangon have removed the festival from their tour...


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Coconuts Yangon Music

Perhaps a legacy of all those years under strict military rule, punk rock is a huge movement in Myanmar. Check out Rebel Riot and Side Effect, whose songs address some of the country's most pressing social issues. Hip-hop is steadily on the rise, with many rappers competing for the nation’s affection and respect. Check out Coconuts Yangon to find out who you should be listening to and why.