Singer Phyu Thi has been making music for more than 30 years, but she has never performed in front of a live audience.
That will change on March 24 when she takes the stage at the National Theatre, delivering a show that will draw on material from the 14 albums she has released throughout her career.
Phyu Thi said at a press conference last week that the concert was something she would never have done on her own, had she not been urged to do so by a local promoter.
“If I tried to arrange this concert myself it would never have happened because I’ve never performed songs onstage. Even when [promoter] Andy Aung asked me to hold this concert, I was adverse to the idea because I’m afraid I’ll make a mistake onstage, and also my health is not very good,” she said.
“But he promise he would take care of all responsibilities for me, so in the end I accepted.”
Andy Aung told The Myanmar Times that he first approached Phyu Thi last September about doing the concert.
“I went to her home every evening to talk to her and listen to her music, and she finally agreed to perform,” he said.
“This will not just be a live show, it will be a concert. There will be plenty of programs, including new vocalists singing new versions of Phyu Thi’s songs, as well as traditional Myanmar dance and contemporary dance performances.”
Oasis, Emperor and Golden Wave bands will provide backing music for Phyu Thi at the concert. Zaw Win Htut, She, Eaint Chit, Zaw Paing, Yadanar Oo, Ni Ni Khin Zaw and other singers will also perform.
Ko Thet, the keyboard player for Oasis, said people often ask him what Phyu Thi’s face looks like since she never performs live.
“This concert is a good chance for people who would like to see Phyu Thi’s face, which I can assure fans has not changed much in the past 30 years,” he said.
The concert will start at 6pm. Tickets are priced at K30,000, K20,000, K15,000 and K6000, and are available at Bo Bo Entertainment, Shwe FM and Yankin Centre.