Each April, as Burma’s favorite festival nears, the sound of a familiar tune can be heard through loudspeakers and car radios: Tupo Tupo.
The beloved tune, written by Mandalay’s Myoma Nyein, has become synonymous with Thingyan, the water festival celebrating the Burmese New Year. The title, Tupo, was derived from the sound of Burmese drums and gongs played throughout the holiday. The well-known musician was surprised last year when, sometime in April, a new beer was being advertised with an uncanny name. (more…)