Kim Jong Un Appreciates Demonstration Performance of Newly Organized Moranbong Band [KCNA]

Kim Jong Un watches Moranbong Band, an all-female musical group adept at multiple genres.

Moranbong Band performing.  Behind is projected the symbol of the Worker’s Party of Korea.

Moranbong Band performance.  Note Mickey & Minnie Mouse in lower left, and what I think is Disney’s “Snow White” animation in the background.  S. Korean media has taken exception to these US pop cultural figures appearing in a DPRK performance.


Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, appreciated a demonstration performance given by the newly organized Moranbong band on Friday.

Kim Jong Un organized the Moranbong band as required by the new century, prompted by a grandiose plan to bring about a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year in which a new century of Juche Korea begins.

The band just several months old raised its curtain for its significant demonstration performance proclaiming its birth before the world.

The repertoire of the performance divided into two parts included colorful numbers such as light music “Arirang”, female vocal quintet “Let’s Learn”, light music “Yeppuni”, light music and song “Victors”, female trio “Silk Weaving Girl of Nyongbyon”, string quartet “We Can’t Live without his Care”, foreign light music “Chardash”, “Victory”, “Song of Gypsy”, female sextet “Fluttering Red Flag” and light music and song “Suite of World Fable Songs.” [The Hankyoreh reported that there was also a performance of the English standard, “My Way”.]

The performers showed well the indomitable spirit and mental power of the servicepersons and people of the DPRK dashing ahead for the final victory in the drive to build a thriving nation under the guidance of Kim Jong Un.

The band staged a performance of strong individual character for being revolutionary and appealing in contents and unique, peculiar, modern and popular in style.

Just 10 odd musicians presented such sublime, rich and thrilling melodies as those of a grand orchestra with refined rendition while young singers sang songs in an emotional and cheerful manner as required by the music, making the audience seized with excitement and joy throughout the performance.

At the end of the performance Kim Jong Un waved back to the enthusiastically cheering performers and audience.

He expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the creators and artistes staged a performance high in ideological and artistic value by displaying revolutionary creative spirit. He congratulated them on their successful demonstration performance and extended thanks of the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army.

He said repeatedly that the performance given by the band was the one spurring the revolution and construction, a stirring and unique one reflecting the breath of the times and the one which reached a new phase in its contents and style.

All of the musicians and singers of the band are promising, he noted, praising Sonu Hyang Hui, leader of the band, for her splendid directing.

He underscored the need to steadily develop the traditional music and popular music in a balanced manner to suit the thoughts and feelings of Koreans and their aesthetic taste while meeting the need of the times and the people’s desire.

He expressed the expectation and conviction that the creators and artistes of the band would creditably fulfill in the future, too, their mission as a dynamic bugler, engine and genuine companion of the army and people in the efforts to glorify the country, the patriotic legacy left by President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il.

Among the audience were Choe Ryong Hae, Jang Song Thaek, Kim Ki Nam, Hyon Chol Hae, Kim Yang Gon, Kim Yong Il, Kim Phyong Hae, Choe Pu Il, Kim Myong Guk, Kim Yong Chol, Jo Kyong Chol, and officials, creators, artistes, writers and journalists of literary and art, media and art educational institutions. -0-

Photo captions & comment by Zuo Shou

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Last edited by Zuo Shou / 左手 on July 26, 2012


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