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12 December 2015

Band favoured by North Korean leader cancels Beijing concerts

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BEIJING — An all-female band formed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cancelled its concerts in Beijing and abruptly left the Chinese capital today (Dec 12) for unknown reasons. The Moranbong Band had been scheduled to hold three concerts in Beijing beginning tonight in what was viewed as a visit to cultivate ties between the traditional allies.

However, band members arrived at Beijing’s airport in North Korean Embassy vehicles this afternoon, and departed aboard a North Korean Air Koryo jet shortly after 4pm following a lengthy delay, Chinese news website sina.com reported.

A staff member at the National Theatre, where the band was to give the invitation-only performances, said the concerts had been cancelled, but did not give a reason. An accompanying North Korean musical troupe, the State Merited Chorus, also canceled its performances.

http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/band-favoured-north-korean-leader-cancels-beijing-concerts

North Korean band leader appears in China after execution rumours. Hyon had been rumored to have been executed in 2013 for reportedly making and distributing pornographic videotapes.

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Hyon Song-wol, leader of North Korea’s all-female propaganda band, appeared in public Friday, quelling a series of rumours and many media reports that she was executed in 2013.

Hyon heads the Moranbong Band, hand-picked by North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-un, who sent the band to Beijing on Thursday for a six-day “friendship” tour, in an apparent move that indicates that once-strained ties between the allies are warming.

Upon her arrival Friday morning at a luxury hotel in central Beijing where members of the band are staying, Hyon greeted reporters with a “Hello.”

Asked about the rumours, Hyon replied with a grin, “Where do you come from?”

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9 December 2015

pop band to play in – but tickets are not available to the public

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North Korean pop band to play in Beijing

The all-girl band will bring their tightly choreographed routines to Beijing for three days of shows, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.

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BEIIJING: North Korea’s premier pop group, the all-girl Moranbong band formed by leader Kim Jong-Un, will electrify audiences in China in shows aimed at harmonising out-of-tune ties between the traditional allies, reports and the venue said Wednesday (Dec 9) – but tickets are not available to the public.

The band have shaken up the reclusive country’s generally staid music scene with renditions of patriotic songs, along with Western hits such as My Way and the theme from Rocky performed on electric violins.

Inside North Korea, they have been accorded huge success and students can reportedly sing their repertoire at the drop of a hat.

They will bring their tightly choreographed routines to Beijing for three days of shows, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korean-pop-band-to/2333114.html?cid=twtcna

Messy Nessy Chic
North Korea’s Most Popular Pop Group is Everything you Expected

By MessyNessy

16th Jan, 2015

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You could say I got a little off-track from my usual internet route today and stumbled upon North Korea’s own K-pop girl band, Moranbong Band, which is the most popular musical group in the country. It is also, as far I can tell, the only musical pop group in the country. Consisting of 18 female members, each one selected by the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un, the group debuted at a concert in his honor in June 2012, coincidentally (or not) the same month in which Psy’s “Gangnam Style” was released.

http://www.messynessychic.com/2015/01/16/north-koreas-most-popular-pop-group-is-everything-you-expected/

Published on Jul 17, 2014

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