Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese pop star, singer musician and human rights activist who plays a wide variety of traditional Vietnamese folk to blues, soul and rock and blends disparate styles and rhythms.
Mai Khoi, newly declared as one of 12 inspiring human rights activists to follow in 2018 by Amnesty International, broke international headlines in 2016 after she became the first Vietnamese celebrity in history to nominate herself for the National Assembly (equivalent to parliament) on a pro-democracy platform. This concert in Malmö is the only one planned in Europe with the group this year.
Mai Khôi Chém Gió, Mai Khoi’s trio, released their first album “Dissent” outside Vietnam 3 March this year at LIDIO/ Grappa.
- This album was recorded live between 2016 and 2017 during secret performances at Phusa Lab. The resulting work bears the euphoria, courage, failures and threats which characterized this time. As such, it forms the soundtrack to an awakening, replete with heroes, villains, reversals and uneasy resolutions. And it is this awakening, now, that we continue to awaken from, says Mai Khoi.
In 2010, Mai Khoi won Vietnam Television Song and Album of the Year Award, the highest award for song writing in the country. After winning the award, she shaved half her head and inscribed the letters 'VN' for 'Vietnam', the name of the song that won the competition, on one side of her head. For this she was harshly criticized by the country's conservative media establishment. No stranger to controversy, Mai Khoi is somewhat of an anomaly for a celebrity in a Communist country like Vietnam for having spoken out about sexuality, LGBT rights and violence against women.
Senast uppdaterad 2019-01-21
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