Burma's new rebels
YANGON, MYANMAR, MARCH 2012: The band singing in the changing room right before the show at Chatrium Hotel,Yangon.
Burma is a country in Transition. And if that hasn't been made clear enough by the political debates and the recent by-elections, meet the Me N Ma Girls, the first girlband in the country.
The timing couldn't be better. After the April 1st elections in 2012 an always increasing number of investors from all over the world has been visiting Myanmar. After decades of military regime and isolation, the strings of censorship have started loosening up. The government censors in fact for years have banned songs and articles, deleting anything that was seen as "to provocative" such as leather outfits and colored wigs.
Describing themselves as Myanmar's first all-girl group, under the management of the Australian dancer and choreographer Nicole May, these five women - coming from either Buddhist or Catholic background and formerly known as Tiger Girls - not only have been challenging censorship laws but they're as well trying to win hearts in a society that in many ways remains man-dominated and socially conservative.
In a country that has been locked up for years, the Me N Ma Girls, embracing western pop culture with skimpy outfits and catchy songs, show with every performance the will of the Burmese youth to come out of a decades-long isolation.
Five girls leading a new form of rebellion: the kind that questions roles and cultural norms.