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Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 21:07
Legendary pop rock singer Khin Maung Toe passed away at the age of 62 on November 15 while receiving medical treatment for liver cancer at a hospital in Singapore.
Khin Maung Toe was born on April 1, 1950 in Mawlaik, Sagaing Region in northwestern Myanmar. He became passionate about music and quit his studies during his second year at Rangoon Institute of Technology, which is now known as Yangon Technological University.
Since his first release in 1973, he has recorded a total of 23 albums in his entire life.
“In my view, music enables people to become closer to the true vision of the world. Music (style) that allows one to stay simple and honest is very suitable for my life”, the singer once said in an interview with Eleven Media Group.
Khin Maung Toe and his Mizzima Wave band were famous for their unique music style, which combines Myanmar traditional music with western musical instruments and arrangements.
“His music is different from mine, but I respect Ko Toe Gyi (Khin Maung Toe) as a legendary singer. He is among the few artists in Myanmar...and those who cannot be replaced. I feel extremely sad for losing such kind of person,” said popular rock diva Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein.
"I cannot express how I'm feeling after losing him. I will never find such a talented and systematic person like him in the music industry," said Thar Htwe, a former member of Mizzima Wave band.
Khin Maung Toe gave his final performance at a charity concert organised by 88 Generation Students Group, and his last ever song recorded was "Dan Yar Wutt Sone", written by Min Ko Naing, the leader of 88 Generation Students Group, according to Thar Htwe.
He was cremated in Singapore in the evening. He is survived by his wife Wai Wai Khine and three children.