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The girls released their first cover album in , "Year of the Tiger Girls. As The Me N Ma Girls grew in popularity, their views regarding censorship and other social issues took center stage. The college educated young women come from different areas in Myanmar. The Tiger Girls adopted stage names that embodied their own character and style. The CD included cover tunes called copy tracks, which are western pop songs rewritten in Burmese. After the release of their first CD, the Tigers Girls gained popularity in Yangon, but received criticism for their unconventional appearance and performance style.
Artistic and fundamental differences regarding the direction of the Group resulted in the dissolution of the business partnership between May and Kyaw. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 's historic trip to Myanmar in December , which helped foster sweeping democratic reforms in the country, most notably in the area of censorship. Myanmar conducted a historic Burmese by-elections of April , in which pro-democracy icon and national hero Daw Aung San Suu Kyi ran for political office.
The music scene in Myanmar continued to change with the lifting of censorship regulations. The Me N Ma Girls did not intentionally set out to revolutionize the image of modern Burmese women but by choosing bold outfits, sharp dance moves, and hip hop rhythms for their live appearances shattered stereotypes of women in Myanmar. However, with ever-changing censorship regulations, the group continue to be on target with the movement. Bands are realizing the need to write original music rather than doing ripped versions of international tracks.
Freedom of expression is coming alive. Indie rockers, punks, drum-and-bass DJs, dubstep DJs and some great dance producers are emerging. As their exposure in the region increased, the Group caught to the eye of a record executive in the United States. The Me N Ma Girls continued their international travel and returned to Singapore to perform at the quarterfinals of the Singapore Cup ,  and the Music Matters Live Festival, which include a special performance for the delegates at the event.
In July , Wai Hnin left the Group due to greater family responsibilities. Remaining members Ah Moon, Cha Cha, Hitke Hitke and Kimi decided not to replace Wai Hnin and continued with plans to expand their international presence on the music scene. According to their agreement with Power House Music, all of their solo work would also be owned by the company. Rather than accept this, both women decided to leave the group to better focus on solo careers of their own.
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