After name dispute, new album for Me N Ma Girls
Volume 31, No. 608
January 2 - 8, 2012
Members of Me N Ma Girls perform at their record launch at Central Hotel on December 17.
THE all-girl band Me N Ma Girls released their second album last month, featuring 12 songs and titled MinGaLarPar (Greetings).
Eleven of the tracks are originals, composed by Me N Ma Girls, San Pee, J-Me and Ar-T, as well as by the band’s Australian trainer Nicole “Nikki” May. The lone cover song is a Myanmar favourite composed four decades ago by Alinka Kyaw Swar Shwe Pyi Aye.
The audio CD, which also features guest performances by J-Me and Nikki, is accompanied by a DVD with videos of all the songs, directed by Thone Paung and Nikki.
The record release on December 17 was the culmination of a long saga involving controversy over the band’s name.
The five-piece band was originally formed in February 2010, with members chosen through a talent competition that attracted more than 100 contestants.
Originally named the Tiger Girls, the group released their first album, Year of the Tiger, in late 2010.
The group, whose act combined singing and dancing along the lines of countless Western, South Korean and Japanese all-girl pop bands, quickly gained a following among local music fans, and also gained the attention of the international press.
But one year after forming, the band had an irreconcilable dispute with their original producers.
“The most important thing is that we would like to do original songs but the producers just wanted to do cover songs,” band member Ah Moon told The Myanmar Times in an interview on December 19.
“We couldn’t come to an agreement for a new contract so we decided to separate from the producers,” she said.
The band continued working on new material, and in June signaled a new phase in their careers by changing their name from Tiger Girls to Me N Ma Girls.
“We honestly didn’t want to change the name, but the old producers stopped us from using Tiger Girls, and we didn’t want to waste our time, energy and money fighting for the name, so we chose to start using Me N Ma Girls,” Ah Moon said.
Despite the dispute, Ah Moon said the band was grateful that the producers helped them get started.
“If the producers didn’t hold the competition [in 2010], we would not have come together and formed the band,” she said.