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Published on Friday, 21 December 2012 17:07
Former country singer Lashio Thein Aung arrived in Myanmar today, after decades of being barred from entry.
"I have wanted to come back to Myanmar since the day I left. I have cried many nights," said Lashio Thein Aung at a press conference held at Friendship restaurant near the Yangon International Airport. The singer, along with over 2,000 people, was removed from the blacklist of foreigners and locals regarded as threats to the country’s former ruling junta in August.
During his four-month stay in Myanmar, Lashio Thein Aung plans to hold concerts in Yangon, Mandalay, Taunggyi, Nay Pyi Taw, and his hometown Lashio.
He said he loves the country and misses his fans although he has to leave the country again for certain reasons, the details of which were not revealed.
"Now I have been allowed to come back. While I am in Myanmar, I want to perform...There are many things I want to explain while I'm singing. That's why I have arranged to hold concerts in not only in Yangon, but also in other major cities," he said.
Then singer will be holding a solo concert with the Lazy Club and Emperor bands at the Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon at the end of January. He will tour the other cities after the concert in Yangon.
Lashio Thein Aung, also known as Jimmy Jack, was a famous singer in the 1970s during the early days of Myanmar pop music.
He migrated to the United States 40 years ago and has been living in Texas. He has participated in some Myanmar concerts held in the US.
During the campaign period for the by-election, he sang "Mother Daw Su Has Come Back" in America in honour of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
After the new government took office, Myanmar artists who were living abroad including veteran director Win Pe, former pop singer Me Me Win Pe, and classical singer Mar Mar Aye were able to come back to visit Myanmar this year.
"Now we can meet the media freely. This is a significant change. Now is the time to make changes [for the country]. This is no longer the time to point fingers [and find blame]. That's why we need to move forward with a positive attitude," he said.