Klo & Kweh Music Team returns to rock B.C.

A team of Karen musicians and singers from Burma will give one more performance in Surrey before leaving Canada.

Klo & Kweh Music Team returns to rock B.C.

A team of Karen musicians and singers from Burma (Myanmar) will return to give one more performance in Surrey before leaving Canada.

The Klo & Kweh Music Team will present a variety of music styles titled ‘The Endless Htee-Set-Met-Ywar’ on Friday, July 5 at 7 p.m. at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.

“Music is a universal language,” said Candy Marvel, chairperson of B.C.’s Karen Community Society.

“While the concert will be mostly in the Karen language, everyone seems to enjoy their upbeat performances.”

The top Karen musicians from Burma arrived in Canada last month to perform a series of concerts.

In late May, the music team kicked off an eight city Canadian tour in Surrey. It was to end in Toronto on June 29.

Thousands of enthusiastic fans across Canada have attended the performances in each city and now they will do a return engagement in Metro Vancouver.

The Klo and Kweh Music Team was founded in 2001 and is one of the best known Karen musical bands among ethnic Karen people living in Burma, Thailand and the world over.

As a non-profit musical group, its main objective is to preserve and promote Karen language and cultural identity, and engage in intercultural exchange activities through music.

Since 2007, thousands of former Karen refugees are now living in Canada, with many having relocated to the Metro Vancouver area, with a large number living in Surrey and Langley.

Tickets are now available at the Bell Performing Arts Centre’s Box Office, or can be ordered by emailing kc.societyofbc@gmail.com or purchased at the door.

Adult $30; senior/student $20; five to 12 $10; under five $1.50; the door price will be $40 for all ages.

A portion of proceeds will go to the multi-purpose education center currently under construction at the Karen Baptist Theological Seminary in Burma.

The Bell Performing Arts Centre is located at 144 Street and 64 Avenue.