Burmese music is considered to be very different from other musical heritage. Burmese music is influenced by that of Indian, Chinese and Thai music. Since long, Burma or Myanmar has remained a closed country so there are few not so clear facts about its music.
Yet, to its credit, Burmese music has unique musical tunes and instruments. Traditional musical instruments of Burma are categorized under different heads.
Instruments are made of different materials like metal, string, leather, wind instruments etc. Usual instruments are, Kyey, Kyo, Thaye, Lei, Let Khoke and Patala.
Most of these musical instruments have been developed by original ethnic groups. Myanmar music has remained unaffected from the influence of western music.
The music is said to be sans any harmony. Burmese music has more of musical timing which is quite suitable for melodious songs. Burmese songs are generally in 4/4 time (na-yi-se) or 2/4 (wa-let-se) or 8/16 (wa-let-a-myan) format.
It’s more of a multileveled hierarchical system. Most famous names in Burmese musical world are; Mar Mar Aye, Bo Sein and legendary Tonte Theintan. Current favorites include; Sai Sai, Shwe Htike, Khin Phone, and No among others. New genres like pop, rock, hip-hop are slowly gaining popularity.
Directory of Burmese Music, songs, mp3 downloads.
These are sites & cultural music resources which offer free Burmese songs, new releases, free Burmese mp3, movie songs, cultural folk songs, tribal music, Burmese music downloads online, lyrics databases etc. Some of these listed music sites or companies may offer them free while some may charge a small fee to register to download their songs or mp3s. Always read their terms & conditions. Feel free to suggest us good, clean song & music resources.
myanmar New songs & music – reviews & information about new Burmese Songs including cultural music.
almudo.com/Myanmar-Music – Offers shopping for Burmese Songs & Music on CD and tapes, Recordings of Folk, Traditional and Ethnic music.
shweba.com/music/ – Resource for Burmese songs, Music downloads, & lyrics.
dvb.no/songs – Browse a collection of assorted songs from Burma. Includes freedom songs.