Jason Mraz performs for a good cause in Myanmar

20 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: The New PaperAn estimated 70,000 people filled Yangon's People's Square on Sunday evening, most of them watching a Western superstar for the first time.Jason Mraz, 35, was flown in to promote MTV Exit, a show that highlights the plight of those of who have been abducted, exploited and forced into labour.The concert, broadcast live throughout Myanmar, will be aired on MTV channels around the globe on March 8, 2013, as part of a special edition of MTV World Stage.Mraz is the first international artiste to perform at a large-scale, open-air concert in the country, according to MTV, although US Latin-rock-hip-hop band Ozomatli played two free concerts there in 2009.While the main message of the night was that of ending human trafficking in the region, there was a sense that it was a celebration of what has been an extraordinary year for Myanmar.Once closed off to the world, the country is now crawling with curious tourists from all over the globe, eager to see the land they once only knew as the prison of Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released in Nov 2010.

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