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Tribute Album Released For Burma's Suu Kyi - 2004-10-28


Rhino Records has released a double CD set Tuesday dedicated to Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, calling for her freedom.

"For the Lady" featuring 27 tracks includes bands such as U2, Indigo Girls, Coldplay, R.E.M, Matchbox Twenty and top artists such as Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

Aung Din, policy director of U.S. Campaign for Burma -- a Washington-based Burmese pro-democracy activist group -- said , "The album will help draw world attention to what is going on in Burma since these top artists and musicians have millions of audience around the world."

Burmese military rulers have detained opposition and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for more than a year and has been suppressing her National League for Democracy party and party members.

"Her dedication, resolve, courage and patience are the mark of a leader. We stand tall for her, as she will again stand tall for herself," said Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M.

Bono, lead singer of Irish rock band U2, said, "Aung San Suu Kyi is a real hero," in a statement before the release of "For the Lady". The album features his song "Walk On" which U2 dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi on their last album and banned by the military regime.

The Blues guitarist Eric Clapton said in his statement, "Anytime anyone inside Burma listens to my music, I want them to know that they are listening to an artist that supports their freedom."

"For the Lady" also features a Burmese song called "Tempest of Blood" sung by Mun Aung, a dedication to jailed student leader Min Ko Naing. The original poem was written by Min Ko Naing.

"Proceeds from the album will go to the U.S. Campaign for Burma that seeks an end to the military dictatorship in Burma,” said Aung Din.

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