Sound OF Thumweh TV
SOFT TV is a weekly youtube show with a mission to entertain, empower, and encourage the Karen people of Myanmar. This show is a program of The Urban Village and serves as an amplifier of community voices in St. Paul MN.
Meet the Director of Soft TV:
My name is Ku Hser, and it means Could Sweet. I was born in Myanmar or (Burma) and grew up with my family until age 12. I do not know what a normal childhood life is. My childhood life
was very different from other kids. Since I was little, my family and I never had a stable place to live because of the civil war. We always moved to place-to-place to escape the war. In 2004, I moved to Thailand, Mae La Refugee Camp, and I was 12 years old at that time. I left my family and moved to Thailand because I want to go to school. I lived in a refugee camp for four years. I went to high school and completed 12 grades. After four years, I moved to the United States, in 2008. I lived in St, Paul MN, and went to high school for three years. I got my high school diploma, in 2011. After high school, I didn’t have a chance to go to college because I had to support my family in Burma. Therefore, I started to work and helped my family. Since I wasn’t in school, I didn’t get to see many friends, and I felt so lonely. I started to write songs and expressed my feelings through music. I started to sing when I lived in a refugee camp.
It was my mother who inspired me to sing. I was so lonely and missed my family while I was in a refugee camp. One night, I remembered my mom used to sing me a song when I was
little. After that, I start to write songs and sang at the church and at the wedding. Music is my therapist and my life. In 2015, I released my very first album called "Ta Eh Nay A Ta K'Ma Oh
Gu?" All money I got from the album, I donated them to the churches. I love to support people and like to invent new things. Therefore, this year during a pandemic I started an online singing competition called "Sound of ThuMweh". The main
purpose of this competition is to promote young artists. It is organizing by a group of Karen musicians and we plan to host the competition one a year.
"I love what I do, and I do what I love" I will continue to do more music and do more the things that I enjoy to do.