Song: Po Pee Chit Pa Mae by Babu & Thxa Soe (2015). Visitors can listen to the Featured Song by clicking the play button above.
Thxa Soe (Burmese: သာစိုး) is a Burmese electro musician popular for his blend of traditional blend of traditional Myanmar folk songs with contemporary electronic music since 2006.
Among his album’s songs such as, Saing Kyite Teh Maung, Taung Paw Ka Shan Ka Lay – Remix (2006), Na Ban San, Yay Geh Yay (2007), Ko Gyi Kyaw, Pyaw Yeh Lar Hay Maung Doh Yay (2008), Sar Ou (2009) are popular by most young people during Thingyan festival. While pleasing the crowd with his music, it is often controversial to some people.
“Music was conceived inside me when I was 10-year-old, my father bought me a cassette player. I was inspired by the English songs from the radio and also me and my brothers loved the music my parents listened to.”
Thxa Soe is the eldest son among three brothers. He started doing music when he was in seventh grade and became involved in local underground hip-hop scene after the high school and formed a group called W.Y.W with friends. At that time, there were a number of other hip-hop groups and Acid a local hip- hop band which is credited with introducing hip-hop to Myanmar in 2000 was preoccupied with another name. W.Y.W disbanded in 1998 and Thxa Soe joined another group called Fi Gi-D which was formed another hip-hop musician Barbu.
In 1998, Thiri Swe, a member of Fi-Gi left the group and Thxa Soe and another female hip-hop singer Kwi Kwi became the band members. In 2000, with the help of singer Alex, the group changed their name to Theory and released their first album.
Thxa Soe studied at the School of Audio Engineering Institute in London in 2001 and started to learn about electro music. “Back in England, dance music was more popular than hip-hop. So, I wanted to create Myanmar music like that. I did a lot of research on Myanmar folk and Nat-Doe, the music for the spirits,” he said.
After studying for three years in England, Thxa Soe returned to Myanmar and took a risk by giving his new music to Myanmar music fans. His eagerness could not stop him from taking a journey to Mandalay and Sagain divisions to study spirit music and visit all the traditional spirit festivals.
His first album, Yaw Tha Ma Mhwe, was released in 2006 with the help from Myanmar orchestra musician Sein Hla Ngwe and Sein Bo Syint and a remix expert, Okka Oo Thar.
Since this album, Thxa Soe was under the interest of foreign media due to his combination of traditional Myanmar songs with contemporary music. His second album Yaw Chin Yaw Ma Yaw Chin Nay was released in 2009 and followed by his third album Pha Eh Tu Ma Eh Tu, was released with his youngest brother, Bon Von. The fourth album is A Mway and fifth albums Mhwe Loh Ma Wa Loh and sixth album Yaw Deh Mhwe Deh were released in 2009 and 2010 consecutively. For 2011, the singer is planning for his last album, Ngwe Myin Yin Lin Loke Myi. After releasing five solo albums and seven group albums.