Jason Mraz will make history when he performs in Myanmar to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Mraz will headline a free outdoor concert at People’s Square in Yangon, at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda, on December 16.
This concert will make Mraz the first international artist to perform an open-air concert in the country.
The show will be hosted by MTV Exit as their way of raising awareness about human trafficking and exploitation. Local artists will also be performing at the show.
Mraz spoke of his upcoming historical show, saying:
“That’s pretty exciting and I’m going there with an enormous amount of gratitude and respect, and I hope we can actually make a difference. I hope it’s also a testament to the songs. I’ve always wanted my songs to be about healing and self-empowerment, and if this is the way that MTV is acknowledging that, then I am incredibly grateful.”
The show will be broadcast on Myanmar’s national television and on MTV’s international network in 2013.
Mraz hosted a similar concert last year in the Phillipines. Speaking of the issue at hand, Mraz said:
“I thought that this was something that was abolished when Abraham Lincoln singed the Emancipation Proclamation, but all it did was become hidden from our view. There was a recent estimate that there are about 27 million people enslaved on the planet, certainly due to hard economic times not just in the Western world, but certainly in third world countries. Humans as a commodity is a great way to run your business. So I signed on, lent my voice, lent my music to the cause.”
Myanmar has a newly elected government and President Thein Sein’s government is pushing towards a democracy. This Monday, President Barack Obama is scheduled to become the first sitting U.S. President to visit the country.