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Chin Singers To Perform At Celebration Of Chin National Day In Germany

Famous Chin singers from Burma, Sung Tin Par and Thun Kham are to team up with Mizo’s talented top singer, Daduhi to celebrate Chin National Day in Frankfurt, Germany.

The event which takes place this Saturday will mark the 6oth anniversary of Chin National Day. This significant revolutionary day, which falls on 20th February, has its historical root dating back in the year 1948 when more than 5000 Chin people gathered at Falam town in favour of democratic system of government to replace the feudal aristocratic ruling system.
All the singers, Dadudi currently from the UK, Sung Tin Par and Thun Kham from Burma arrived safely in Frankfurt, a local source told Chinland Guardian today.
The team will be joined by a well-known Chin musician, Salai Tawna who is set to sing a Chin traditional song called “Brothers of Lian Do (Lian Do te unau)” in traditional tune to a Chin trumpet accompaniment. A candidate for doctorate in Ethnomusicology at Zurich University, Switzerland, he said, “I really want to welcome this auspicious national day with our traditional song.” His latest album DVD ‘The homeland of the Chin people’ in commemoration of the 60th Chin National Day is released at the event. The singers include Sung Tin Par, Jo Kya, Cindy, Zamno, San Pi, Ko Simon, Dawt Hlei Hniang and Sai Lay.
“It is great that we have come to the 60th anniversary. This time, we are mainly highlighting on Chin music and arts. We have famous singers from different areas. This will be a symbolic reunification of the Chin people as one family after living separately in different countries for so long. This will signify and strengthen our brotherhood through music and arts,” Chairman of the organising committee for Chin National Day celebration in Germany, Salai Kipp told Chinland Guardian.
“We are going to have various traditional dances from different areas of the Chin people. It will be a good chance for our children to see and appreciate the value of our cultures and traditions. Therefore, we make an entry fee free for Chin teenagers under 18,” added Salai Kipp.
Some Chins and fans from neighbouring countries including Norway and the UK are expected to join in the celebration. It is yet to be confirmed that a female rock singer, Sung Tin Par is to continue her tour to Norway to perform at the Chin National Day celebration.
“Everyone, especially the youths, gets really excited about the 60th anniversary of Chin National Day celebration. At the same time, it is a good time for all of us from different areas in Germany to get together and meet each other,” said Secretary of Chin Community Germany, Za Uk Sang, calling on Chin communities in Europe and worldwide to a closer integration.
It is estimated that there are about 250 Chin people living in Germany.
Throughout the month, there are celebrations of Chin National Day in different cities and towns in the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, Burma and in all towns of Chinland.

Van Biak Thang
London, UK
15 February, 2008

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