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Over 20 Burmese guitarists – some well known and some still up-and-coming – descended on Myoma Parade Ground in Rangoon on Sunday night. “Myanmar guitar instrumental show” was the first of its kind in the country, and flung guitarists themselves into the limelight – without lead singers or band members.
First up was a performance by the Lazy Club band’s lead guitarist Naing Zaw, who played a heavy metal version of the Burma National Anthem.
Chit San Maung from the band Iron Cross also showed off his skills on a lead guitar with the Kachin flag imprinted on it.
The event was organised by Swe Li Guitar Store and stage appearance, such as this robot costume, was designed by film director The Khit Nay.
The guitarists ended the show by playing Smoke on the Water together, wishing well for the Irrawaddy River.
The event drew thousands of visitors, and will hopefully be a boost for more musical events in the same spirit.