Dancing girls, sexy outfits and provocative lyrics have been largely absent in the images coming from Myanmar in recent years, but that is about to change with another voice of the country's youth finding an audience, the Me N Ma Girls _ this time on an international stage.
Now signed to Los Angeles label Power Music, the country's first all-girl pop group was the brainchild of Australian dancer Nicole May and local entrepreneur U Moe Kyaw. They formed in 2010, and were originally called the Tiger Girls, not long after the skateboarding short film Altered Focus: Burma was made and well before today's relative freedoms were even considered a possibility.
"Burma [Myanmar] started to change a lot soon after we formed our group," say Me N Ma Girls members Cha Cha, Htike2, Ah Moon, Wai Hnin Khine and Kimmi in a joint interview via email. "We can speak freely now, about policy, the government, everything. Censorship has been loosened."
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