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Saturday November 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jason Mraz will make history next month when he performs in Myanmar to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Mraz will headline a free outdoor concert on Dec. 16 at People’s Square in Yangon, at the base of Shwedagon Pagoda.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is believed to be the first international artist to perform an open-air concert in the country. The show includes local acts and is hosted by MTV EXIT, the music channel’s initiative to raise awareness about human trafficking and exploitation.

"That’s pretty exciting," Mraz said of the history involved, "and I’m going there with an enormous amount of gratitude and respect, and I hope we can actually make a difference. I hope it’s also a testament to the songs. I’ve always wanted my songs to be about healing and self-empowerment, and if this is the way MTV is acknowledging that, then I am incredibly grateful."

The show will be broadcast on Myanmar national television and will air on MTV’s international network in 2013. Mraz first became interested in the issue about four years ago when he attended the Free dom Awards, an annual salute to those working against hu man exploitation put on by the organization Free the Slaves.

Mraz says there is concern predators will prey on the vulnerable in this time of great flux. The concert offers an op portunity to "educate, em power and engage." The 35-year-old singer says he plans to tailor his show to the message.


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