He is one of the few successful Burmese singer-songwriters who have not covered foreign songs. He has released over 20 albums in his career. He is best known for his 1984 hit “Maha Hsan Thu” (မဟာဆန္သူ).
Khin Maung Toe was born in Mawlaik, Sagaing Division (now, Sagaing Region) in northwestern Myanmar.
Khin Maung Toe became first interested in making music in his second year at the University of Mandalay in the late 1960s, when the Burmese pop music, modeled on Western rock-and-roll and country music, was just taking shape. He said in a 2000 interview that he and his generation of musicians faced both encouragement and criticism for the new kind of music. He released his debut album in 1973 with the E Machines band, and the follow-up album a year later.
In the early 80s, he formed a band called the Mizzima Hlaing (lit. the Middle Wave), and became the lead singer of the band. In 1984, the band released Maha Hsan Thu album. The success of the album made Khin Maung Toe and the band household names.
Their style was a modernized version of traditional Burmese music updated with Western musical instruments and arrangements. Their biggest hit, Maha Hsan Thu, could have been a classic Burmese song from the prewar era if not for the background Western instrumentals and arrangements. In the 1980s and the 1990s, Khin Maungn Toe and the Mizzima Hlaing with their “original” music successfully carved out a niche in the Burmese pop music scene which was mainly dominated by covers of foreign songs.
They released 18 albums in those two decades. View original wikipedia article here.
He has made 20 albums up to 1999.
Kyezu Tin De, Gaba-Gyi-Ye (1973)
Yin-Khon-Nay-Thaw Einmet-Nge (1974)
Izzali A-Twet Izzali (1980)
Waing Ye Hsiza ဝိုင္းရဲ့ဆည္းဆာ (1981)
Saung-Gyo-Hshaik-Than Ne Hse-Hnit-Ta Tay Mya (1982)
Maha Hsan Thu (1984)
Gyogya Than (1985)
Yaung-Zin Khunna-Thwႏ (1988)
Way-Ge-Bi Pan-Khayan-Pya (1990)
Myit-Da-Zin Hpyit-Ti-Mhu (1994)
Mhi-Twe-Ya Lwan (1996)
Hlaing-Htet-Ka Chay-Ya (1997)
Yin-Khat A-Lwan (1998)
Seit Kyaik Tay — Best of Khin Maung Toe