Concert theme: The 52nd anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s start of Songun leadership
Place: Korean People’s Army Unit 4302 military base on the eastern coast
Audience: Local soldiers
KJU: Present


01.14 우리를 보라 Urirŭl pora Look at us! 我らを見よ
Composer: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Jang Tongu 전동우, 1992

05.11 해당화의 마음 Hedanghwaye maŭm The spirit of rose ヘダンファ(ハマナス)の心
The type of rose meant here is Rosa rugosa, a very thorny rose species with red flowers that originally grew on poor sandy soil around the Japan/Korean Sea and adjacent areas. As it has by now successfully spread throughout most of the world, its sprit can be said to be rather strong.
Composition and lyrics: Han Hui-se 한희세, 1995
Vocal duo: Jong Su-hyang & Ri Myong-hui, who hereby entered the ensemble without any announcement.

08.38 녀성해안포병의 노래 Nyŏsŏng hean phopyŏngye nore Song of coastal artillery women 女性海岸砲兵の歌
Composition: Han Hye-se 한희세, lyrics: Pak Nam-hyon 박남현, date unknown. One could have expected this to be from the Korean War period, but Han has reportedly at least one composition made in the 1990s (https://youtu.be/6og66S6M8Cs), so that this song is likely be from a movie.
Vocal sextet: Pak Mi-kyong, Kim Sol-mi, Jong Su-hyang, Ri Myong-hui, Pak Son-hyang, Ryu Jina + c. 20 local coastal artillery women

11.01 이 강산 높은 령 험한 길우에 I kangsan nophŭn ryŏng hŏman kilue On the precipitious roads of the world この江山の高い峰、険しい道の上で
Composer: U Jong-hui 우정희, 2002
Vocal duo: Jong Su-hyang, Ryu Jina

16.07 조국은 영원히 기억하리라 Jogugŭn yŏngwŏni kiŏkharira Remembering our motherland forever 祖国は永遠に記憶せん
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1986
Instrumental, violin quartet: Sonu Hyang-hui, Hong Su-kyong, Cha Yong-mi, Yu Un-jong

19.30 전사의 노래 Jŏnsaye nore Soldier’s song 戦士の歌
Lyrics: Jon Tongu 전동우, 1964
Vocal solo: Ryu Jina

24.14 당을 따라 청춘들아 앞으로 Tangŭl tara chŏngchundŭra aphŭro Young people, forward following the Party! 若者ら、党に従って前進せよ
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Kim Hyong-chan 김형찬, 2010
Vocal sextet, now in the normal order: Pak Mi-kyong, Kim Sol-mi, Jong Su-hyang, Ri Myong-hui, Ryu Jina, Pak Son-hyang

27.56 뿌리가 되자 Purika tweja Let us become roots 根っこになろう
Composer: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Jong Song-hwan 정성환, 2012
A Kim Jong-il memorial song
Vocal duo: Jong Su-hyang, Ri Myong-hui

32.04 사회주의 지키세 Sahwejuye jikhise Let’s protect socialism! 社会主義を守ろう
Composer: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1991
Vocal sextet. Kim Yu-kyong arrived only now to the stage, replacing Jong Su-hyang.

35.25 금방석 Kŭmbangsŏk Golden cushion 金の座布団
Composition: Jon Gwon 전권, lyrics: Ri Il-hwan 리일환, 2012
Known also as We’ll become wealthy. A new Kim Jong Un song, with a promise of better times to come during his reign, by following the Kim dynasty line. Never became a major hit.
Vocal solo: Kim Yu-kyong

40.04 달려가자 미래로 Tallyŏkaja mirero Dash to the future 駆けて行こう未来へ
No creation info
Vocal quartet: Pak Mi-kyong, Jong Su-hyang, Ri Myong-hui, Pak Son-hyang

43.03 불타는 소원 Pulthanŭn sowŏn Burning wish 燃える望み
Composition: Jong Chun-il 정춘일, lyrics: Hwang Song-ha 황성하, 2012
Vocal solo: Kim Yu-kyong

47.25 이 땅의 주인들은 말하네 I tangye juindŭlŭn marane This land’s masters say この地の主人が語る
Composer: An Jong-ho 안정호, 2000
Vocal sextet: Pak Mi-kyong, Kim Sol-mi, Jong Su-hyang, Kim Yu-kyong, Ryu Jina, Pak Son-hyang. Ri Myong-hui is missing this time.

51.19 그대는 어머니 Kŭdenŭn ŏmŏni You are mother あなたは母
Composer: U Jong-hui 우정희, 2012
Vocal quartet: Pak Mi-kyong, Kim Sol-mi, Ryu Jina, Pak Son-hyang

55.17 인민이 사랑하는 우리 령도자 Inmini saranganŭn uri ryŏngdoja Our beloved leader 人民が愛する我が領導者
Composition: Jin Hong-guk 전홍국, lyrics: Ryu Tong-ho 류동호, 2012
A favoured Kim Jong Un song, performed often also by other ensembles in the summer and autumn. Third time for MBB.
Vocal sextet: Pak Mi-kyong changes her location twice, like in the earlier performances. Ri Myong-hui stayed out of the final song. As there is no known aversion towards septets in North Korea – also that form is used a lot in other concerts – a possible explanation is that Ri is such a new addition that she had no time to rehearse the choreography of all songs with the other members.

58.21 Ending ceremonies

U Jong-hui 3, 2 2012, 1 old
Jin Hong-guk 1 2012
Jong Chun-il 1 2012
Jon Gwon 1 2012
Hwang Jin-yong 4 old
An Jong-ho 1 old
Ryu Tong-ho 1 2012
Hwang Song-ha 1 2012
Ri Il-hwan 1 2012

No creation info 1

15 songs; 5 new, 10 old. MBB vice directors composed 8 of the 15 songs = ½.

A specific feature of this concert was the military units as the audience, and once also as a co-performer.


Ri Myong-hui started in this concert as the seventh member of the Anger Choir

0Ri Myong-hui

The hair of most ladies was still rather long; Ri Yun-hui here with her drums.

Ri Yun-hui

Kim Yu-kyong clearly holding the rank of a captain, and being the lead singer of the band.

Captain Kim Yu-kyong

Captain Kim Yu-kyong


4 thoughts on “2012.08.25”

  1. MBfan said:

    Hmmm… I compared the venue of this concert and the one from 20140317 in terms of the seats and the size of the LCD display on the stage (though the background in 2014 was different). I can surely say that they are exactly the same.

    • pekkakorhonen said:

      I rechecked things; there are lots of mistakes in the site. Of the 20120825 concert KCNA wrote: “Kim Jong Un,…, who is inspecting the eastern sector of the front, enjoyed together with KPA service personnel a field performance given by the Moranbong Band”.

      Of the 20140317 concert KCNA does not tell the location, but there is an other news item: “Pyongyang, March 17 — An enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea was held under the guidance of Kim Jong Un”. If it had taken place anywhere else than in Pyongyang, it certainly would have been mentioned; KJU’s inspection trips always are. And these meetings as a rule take place in Pyongyang.

      It cannot be the same hall, but it must be the same architecture, and the seats may well have been made by the same factory. Yet, the new information that I had not noticed before is that we now know who the audience of the 20140317 concert are: the Central Military Commission members. Very hight staff, all in front of the video cameras. Thanks for doubting the info on the site; it is always fruitful to recheck. There is just so much info already that it takes time.

    • pekkakorhonen said:

      It is good to be in doubt, but I have to base the information on something, and KCNA news is now the only source. You are right in your doubts in that it never disclosed the place of activities in 2014.3, but still the evidence points to Pyongyang. Let’s simply keep this in mind; if some new information shows up, I can easily change the location.

      I have done 2013.07.27. Will continue little by little when I have time. The composition information is important, because it shows a clear change in the repertoire in 2014, as well as the disappearance from the repertoire of most of the older composers later during the same year or early 2015.

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