Another sign of the changing times: international singer Engelbert Humperdinck will perform a one-night concert at the National Theatre in Rangoon on July 11. It is rare for Western international entertainers to appear in Burma.
A spokesperson for Forever Group told The Myanmar Times that representatives from BEC Tero, a Thai entertainment group, were in Rangoon recently for the launch of Channel 7.
“While they were here they looked at different venues to see whether it would be possible to invite world-famous singers to hold concerts here. They agreed it could be done, so we are organizing this concert,” he said.
Humperdinck, 76, is an Anglo-Indian pop star who grew up in Britain and who achieved worldwide popularity for his recordings of “Release Me,” “The Last Waltz,” “A Man Without Love” and “After the Lovin,” many of which have been covered by Burmese musicians.
In the past few years, he has joined performers such as crooner Tony Bennett, who have crossed over successfully to attract a younger generation in addition to their core audiences.
At part of the concert, MRTV-4, For Tunes, For Choice and Channel 7 will broadcast programs covering Humperdinck’s activities during his visit to Burma.
He recently appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Azerbaijan on May 26. He recently recorded a new song written by Adele’s songwriter Dan Wilson (Someone Like You) for his next album.
Humperdinck’s stage name comes from the Austrian composer who wrote “Hansel & Gretel.” He has sold more than 150 million records. His website noted that major forces in the world of rock n' roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck. He has four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year" (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.