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Monday 25 May 2015

Jason Mraz to perform in Myanmar

Jason Mraz will perform a show in Myanmar in December
Jason Mraz will perform a show in Myanmar in December

Jason Mraz will make history when he performs in Myanmar to raise awareness about human trafficking.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will headline a free outdoor concert at People's Square in Yangon, at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda, on December 16.

The star is believed to be the first international artist to perform an open-air concert in the country, which is emerging from decades of repression by a military regime.

Jason said he's going to Yangon "with an enormous amount of gratitude and respect", adding: "I hope we can actually make a difference."

The 35-year-old hosted a similar concert in the Philippines last year.

He first became interested in the issue four years ago when he attended the Freedom Awards, an annual salute to those working against human exploitation put on by the organisation Free The Slaves.

"I thought this was something that was abolished when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but all it did is become hidden from our view," he said.

The Myanmar show includes local acts and is hosted by MTV EXIT, the music channel's initiative to raise awareness about human trafficking and exploitation.

It will be broadcast on Myanmar national TV and will air on MTV's international network in 2013.

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