20 Feb Pop Scholar
An overview of the Myanmar pop business
Heather MacLachlan is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Dayton in the United States and the author of Burma's Pop Music Industry – the first book to be written about Myanmar’s pop scene business. She spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly about some of her most interesting findings, as well as what’s changed since her book was published in 2011.
20 Feb Glam Rocker
Myanmar’s Lady Gaga and her struggles with piracy, censorship
Making music is seldom a good way to make money. For budding pop musicians in Myanmar, making it big, and earning a living, is tough for a host of reasons. Creativity to attract a host of fans is the key challenge. You’ve got to have it to make it. But even if you do make a name for yourself, this does not automatically result in a living wage or enough income to devote all your time to your music.
14 Feb Poetic Justice
Poet Ko Ko Thett talks about contemporary politics and the literary scene
Ko Ko Thett is a contemporary poet who describes himself as “a poet by choice and Burmese by chance”. He co-edited the anthology, Bones will Crow, a collection of poems translated from Myanmar to English and first published in 2012. A vocal critic of the rapidly developing tourism sector, in the same year he wrote a report titled, Responsible Tourism in Myanmar, for the Burma Centre, Prague. Based in Vienna, Ko Ko Thett is in Myanmar to participate at the 2nd Irrawaddy Literary Festival (ILF), being held in Mandalay from February 14-16. He spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly’s reporter, Manny Maung.
02 Feb Bringing Dairy Expertise
New Zealand eyes opportunities in Myanmar agribusiness
New Zealand has joined the rush to pursue trade and investment opportunities in Myanmar. The South Pacific nation, which opened an embassy office in Yangon last September, sees potential for investment in Myanmar’s agribusiness sector. As a demonstration of its desire to help grow the sector, New Zealand is providing expertise for a $4 million project to build a small, semi-commercial dairy production and processing plant in Myanmar.