How Hip-Hop and Country Music Helped Aung San Suu Kyi Win Myanmar’s Historic Democratic Election (Noisey)

Feeding goats one night, I heard a reporter on a Foreign Policy podcast describe campaign trucks in Burma with boomboxes, dueling up and down roads.

Christian Caryl described the differing approaches between Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD and the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) when it came to campaign songs.”All of the parties here have these big trucks with boomboxes mounted on them in bright colors, and they ride back and forth up and down the street and they blast music,” Caryl said. “Sometimes you get these duels of the boomboxes. It’s very funny because the NLD —Aung San Suu Kyi’s party—has rap music. They have these very rollicking Nashville country tunes that celebrates Aung San Suu Kyi, too .”

That launched me down a wormhole of Youtube videos & stories about Burma/Myanmar’s historic elections.

I put what I brought back from that exploration into this story at Noisey.