NEW YORK - Coldplay and Mumford and Sons were among the performers here late Sunday at an Amnesty International concert organised in defence of freedom of expression.
Other participants included Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts, whose performances were funny and often politically incorrect.
Actor and director Maung Thura Zarganar of Myanmar introduced a serious note to the show, recalling the importance of freedom of expression.
Released from prison last year, he talked about several years spent in prison, where he was sent by the local military junta “just for making jokes.”
He stressed that his country’s fight for democracy and human rights was “far from over” and received a standing ovation from nearly 5,000 spectators attending the event at Radio City Music Hall.