Jason Mraz is set to make music history by becoming the first international artist to headline a free outdoor concert in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in Southeast Asia. The 35-year-old is participating in the gig as part of MTV EXIT's push to raise awareness on human trafficking; a growing problem that impacts thousands in the country each year


“I’m going there with an enormous amount of gratitude and respect, and I hope we can actually make a difference,” Mraz told the Chicago-Sun Times. “I hope it’s also a testament to the songs. I’ve always wanted my songs to be about healing and self-empowerment, and if this is the way MTV is acknowledging that, then I am incredibly grateful.”


The free concert, which will be held at the base of the beautiful 2600 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, will be broadcast in Myanmar on national television and will air across MTV’s international network in early 2013. In addition to entertainment, there will also be speakers from the anti-trafficking sector, government and donor community who work to fight human trafficking in the country.


“There was a recent estimate that there are about 27 million people enslaved on the planet, certainly due to hard economic times not just in the Western world but certainly in Third World countries,” the 35-year-old told the Chicago-Sun. “Humans as a commodity is a great way to run your business. So I signed on, lent my voice, lent my music to the cause.”


Check out Mraz talking about the upcoming December 16th concert below.

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Jason Mraz to headline historic Myanmar concert
In an effort to raise awareness on human trafficking, Mraz will become the first international star ever to play an open-air concert in the country.