Näyttämö 01.05.59

Concert theme: “Long Live the Workers’ Party of Korea”; joint performance by Moranbong Band and State Merited Chorus
Place: People’s Theatre
Audience: Korean Workers Party officials and the visiting Russian Orchestra of the 21st Century
KJU: Present
KCNA: Clear approval, first time in a year; calendar>>October 15, 2013
One of the best Moranbong Band concerts.

00.02.19 당을 노래하노라 Tangŭl norehanora I sing in praise of the Party 党を歌わん
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Cha Yong-do 차영도, 2010
In their previous joint concert this was the grande finale.
MBB septet in normal order: Pak Mi-kyong, Kim Sol-mi, Jong Su-hyang, Ri Myong-hui, Kim Yu-kyong, Ryu Jina, Pak Son-hyang. SMC also singing and playing.

00.04.30 조국찬가 Joguk changa Paean to my motherland 祖国讃歌
Composition: Sol The-song 설태성, lyrics: group, 2013
Piano: Kim Jong-mi
MBB starting quartet: Jong Su-hyang, Ryu Jina, Kim Yu-kyong, Pak Son-hyang -> septet
Is the camera avoiding Kim Yu-kyong already now?

00.08.43 Medley: 내 운명 지켜준 어머니당이여 Mother Party protects my destiny

00.09.08 내 운명 지켜준 어머니당이여 Ne unmyŏng jikhyŏjun ŏmŏni tangiyŏ Mother Party protects my destiny 私の運命守ってくれる母なる党よ
Composition: Han Si-jun 한시준, lyrics: Jon Tongu 전동우, date unknown, before 2005

00.10.20 어머니당중앙 Ŏmŏni tangjungang Mother Party Central 母なる党中央
Composition: Ri Hak-pom 리학범, lyrics: Ri Jong-sul 리정술, no date, but both Ris were active during the 1980s.
Guitar: Kang Phyong-hui
Short solo: Pak Son-hyang -> Ryu Jina accompanied her

00.12.11 가고싶어 가는 길 Kagosiphŏ kanŭn kil The road I want to go 行きたくて行く道
Composition: Kim Mun-hyok 김문혁, 1992
MBB quartet: Kim Sol-mi, Pak Mi-kyong, Ri Myong-hui, Kim Yu-kyong. The camera definitely avoids her. Kim Yu-kyong is becoming invisible already in October 2013.

00.13.45 나를 부르는 소리 Narŭl purŭnŭn sori The voice that calls me 私を呼ぶ声
Composer: U Jong-hui 우정희, 1981
Cello: Yu Un-jong
Violins: Hong Su-kyong, Cha Yong-mi, Sonu Hyang-hui
Septet in abnormal order

00.16.10 어머니란 그 이름 누가 지었나 Ŏmŏniran kŭ irŭm nuga jiŏnna Who created the name ”Mother”?「母」という名前は誰が作ったの?
No creation info
Clarinet: Choe Jong-im
Solo: Jong Su-hyang

00.17.58 어머니당이여 Ŏmŏni tangiyŏ Mother Party 母なる党よ
Composition: Ri Myon-sang 리면상, lyrics: Kim Je-hwa 김재화, 1964
Solo: Ryu Jina

00.19.12 내 운명 지켜준 어머니당이여 Ne unmyŏng jikhyŏjun ŏmŏni tangiyŏ Mother Party protects my destiny 私の運命守ってくれる母なる党よ
Composition: Han Si-jun 한시준, lyrics: Jon Tongu 전동우, date unknown, before 2005

00.20.16 우리 앞날 밝다 Uri aphnal pakda Our future is bright 我らの未来は明るい
Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1994
A fateful title for a song. Kim Il-song died in July 1994, and the arduous years of hunger followed soon after. The near future did not become very bright, but for those who survived life began to get better during the 2000s.

00.23.53 달려가자 미래로 Tallyŏkaja mirero Dash to the future 駆けて行こう未来へ
No creation info
Sextet: Pak Mi-kyong, Jong Su-hyang, Kim Sol-mi, Ryu Jina, Pak Son-hyang, Kim Yu-kyong. Abnormal order; Kim Yu-kyong is at the extreme right, not in the centre where she usually is. The camera avoids her, and also Pak Mi-kyong.

00.26.59 높이 날려라 우리의 당기 Nophi nallyŏra uriye tangi Fly high our Party flag! 高く翻れ我らの党旗
Composition: Kim Dong-chol 김동철, lyrics: Choe Jun-kyong 최준경, 1985
Instrumental, both choirs at the end

00.31.51 나의 길 Naye kil My way 我が道
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1997
Music by MBB; violin: Sonu Huang-hui
This is not the song made famous by Frank Sinatra and performed by MBB in July 2012, but a NKorean composition. The vocalist is former Unhasu Orchestra singer Kim Myong-sin. As UO was disbanded at the end of August, she apparently soon found a new working place in SMC. Chosonot fits her better than the SMC uniform. As a perfectly educated opera singer, her singing style is clearly different from the vocalists of MBB, who sing in a pop band style. The contrast can be easily observed here.

00.36.59 내 삶이 꽃펴난 곳 Na salmi kotphyŏnan kot My life was like a flower opening 我が生が花開くところ
Composition: Om Ha-jin 엄하진, lyrics: Pak Yun; a well known old melody. Om was active as a composer at least during the 1980s.
MBB instrumental; string quartet

00.40.32 조국과 나 Jogukwa na Motherland and I 祖国と私
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1997
Piano: Kim Jong-mi
Solo: Ryu Jina

00.45.00 현악4중주 10 월입니다 Hyŏnak sajungju Si wŏrimnida It is October (弦楽4重奏)十月です
Composition: Ri Jongo 리종오, lyrics: Jong Yong-ho 정영호, 1995
String quartet: Sonu Hyang-hui, Hong Su-kyong, Cha Yong-mi, Yu Un-jong
MBB performed the same song a year before in the 20121010 as a vocal sweetly rolling pop version. Here it is turned into a piece of a classical violin concerto. Arrangement and style play a very large role in performances.

00.48.46 나래치라 선군조선 천리마여 Narechira sŏngun Chosŏn chŏllimayŏ Fly high, chollima of songun Korea 飛び立て、先軍朝鮮の千里馬よ
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, 2009
Solo: Ham Kum-ju. She also is a highly trained opera singer, which probably included also studies in a foreign conservatory, as was often the case during the liberal Kim Jong Il years. She has the title of People’s Artiste. Her career started at least in 2007 or earlier in Mansudae Art Troupe, and she performed also with Unhasu Orchestra in 2009 in its first concerts. Now she thus is singing with SMC.

00.51.17 타오르라 우등불아 Thaorŭra udŭngbura Burn up, campfire! 燃えあがれ、焚き火よ
Composition: An Jong-ho 안정호, lyrics: Cha Yong-do 차영도, 2010
Quintet: Pak Mi-kyong, Kim Sol-mi, Jong Su-hyang, Pak Son-hui, Kim Yu-kyong

00.54.36 우리의 총창우에 평화가 있다 Uriye chongchangue phyŏngwaga itta Peace is on our bayonets 我らの銃剣の上に平和がある
Composition: Ri Jongo 리종오, lyrics: Jong Un-ok 정은옥, 1993
SMC. The conductor is Yun Pom-ju, again a former Unhasu Orchestra member now found in the SMC uniform. He made a memorable version of this song with UO only a few months before. He gets also this orchestra play with the dramatic way the song deserves. What is missing is Hwang Un-mi in vocals, because she was one of the essential elements of the performances during summer 2013. She will arrive to sing this with SMC in 2015, but without Yun Pom-ju.

00.59.00 사회주의 지키세 Sahwejuye jikhise Let’s protect socialism! 社会主義を守ろう
Composer: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 1991
SMC female septet. One would have expected to see here even more former UO singers, but there is only Kim Myong-sin at the extreme rignt.

01.02.58 위대한 그 이름은 승리의 기치 Widehan kŭ irŭmŭn sŭngniye kichi His great name is a flag of victory 偉大なその名は勝利の旗
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, 2013
A new melody for KJU also from the veteran composer. His first published one for KJU. The veterans are getting into new action.

01.05.30 조선로동당 만세 Chosŏn rodongtang manse Hail to the Korean Workers’ Party! 朝鮮労働党万歳
Grande finale

Ra Yu-mi was absent from the concert. As she is one of the few who never seemed to face any kind of loyalty investigations, the reason may be something else. Flu? Work elsewhere?

MBB influence is spreading, as can be seen in the way the SMC nonet adopts the rhytmically moving choreography of the MBB septet. It has not been the standard with this song.

In a sense this concert can be remembered as a Jong Su-hyang concert. She got one solo performance. The dress fit her perfectly, making her shine in her beauty. As the cameras purposefully avoided Pak Mi-kyong and Kim Yu-kyong, they often focused instead on her. Apparently no dark clouds of possible political problems were hovering around her head, now or later. She has never become a present but invisible singer.

The North Korean broadcasting system is very open and honest in this regard. Although they do not tell exactly what the trouble is, they nevertheless with their deliberate care of whom to show and whom not to indicate clearly that something is going on behind the scenes. It is impossible to know how much Pak and Kim knew about this. What little was seen of them, they appeared to be singing and dancing as happily as ever.

Hwang Jin-yong 6; 5 old, 1 new; the first new composition for MBB
Sol The-song 1 new
U Jong-hui 2 old
An Jong-ho 1 old

Cha Ho-gun lyrics for a 2009 song; lyrics writers for the 2 new songs unknown

23 songs, 2 new KJU, 21 old. 9 from MBB vice directors, a high proportion again.

The unification of the outlook of the band proceeded one step further when hats were put on the heads of the ladies, though more was to come in the future.

Yet this concert with the SMC was rather good, one of the best among MB concerts. It was given ample space and time, so that it was not drowned by the large military choir, and the two ensembles rather competed with each other in a friendly way.

SQ 20131010 47.14

String Quartet at 47.14. They look a bit like dolls in their unifying outfit.

Yu Un-jong 20131010 02.49

Yu Un-jong 02.49

Yu Un-jong jalat

Yu Un-jong’s feet. The camera seldom shows the feet, but the important detail there is that although the dress may look military all the way to the hat, the shoes of the ladies are absolutely civilian.

Sonu Hyang-hui 20131010 12.13

Sonu Hyang-hui 12.13

Sonu Hyang-hui 20131010 24.14

Sonu Hyang-hui 24.14. There is still smiling during the concerts, even when performing with the SMC.

Sonu Hyang-hui 20131010 10.55

Sonu Hyang-hui 10.55

Sonu Hyang-hui 20131010 45.47

Sonu Hyang-hui 45.47

Hong Su-kyong 20131010 26.15

Hong Su-kyong 26.15

Cha Yong-mi 20131010 12.03

Cha Yong-mi 12.03

Choe Jong-im 20131010 08.19

Choe Jong-im 08.19. Behind her Jong Su-hyang, Kim Sol-mi and Pak Mi-kyong.

Choe Jong-im 20131010 15.00

Choe Jong-im 15.00. She plays the clarinet very beautifully.

Ri Yun-hui 20131010 07.06

Ri Yun-hui 07.06

Jon He-ryon 20131010 41.42

Jon He-ryon 41.42

Kang Phyong-hui 20131010 09.50

Kang Phyong-hui 09.50

Kim Jong-mi 20131010 01.03.23

Kim Jong-mi 01.03.23

Ri Hui-kyong 20131010 37.36

Ri Hui-kyong 37.36

Kim Yong-mi 20131010 25.37

Kim Yong-mi 25.37

Pak Mi-kyong 01.04.50

In this concert it was Pak Mi-kyong’s and Kim Yu-kyong’s turn to be invisible. Pak can be seen here as the first singer in the row at 01.04.50

Jong Su-hyang 20131010 23.38

Jong Su-hyang instead was the singer on whom the camera focused most, here at 23.38. Kim Yu-kyong behind her.

Jong Su-hyang 20131010 16.18

Jong Su-hyang 16.18

Jong Su-hyang 20131010 16.15

Jong Su-hyang 16.15

Pak Son-hyang 20131010 10.25

Pak Son-hyang 10.25

Kim Sol-mi 20131010 11.22

Kim Sol-mi 11.22

Ri Myong-hui 20131010 11.56

Ri Myong-hui 11.56

Ryu Jina 20131010 40.28

Ryu Jina 40.28

Below three famous former Unhasu Orchestra members performing now in SMC costume.

UO Ham Kum-ju 20131010 48.24

Ham Kum-ju 48.24

UO Kim Myong-sin 20131010 34.36

Kim Myong-sin 34.36

UO Yun Pom-ju 20131010 55.32

Yun Pom-ju performing at 55.32.

UO Yun Pom-ju UO 20131010 57.26

Conductor Yun Pom-ju 57.26. In July he was awarded the title of People’s Artist for his arrangement for UO of the song presented here at 00.54.36 우리의 총창우에 평화가 있다 Uriye chongchangue phyŏngwaga itta Peace is on our bayonets 我らの銃剣の上に平和がある, which KJU greatly liked, according to a KCNA news of the time. It appears that he was specifically invited to conduct the same composition here at the KWP anniversary with SMC. He also became one of the regular SMC conductors, though he was not much visible until 2017 in that role. Whatever happened to the Unhasu Orchestra in August 2013 does not have concerned him. 


8 thoughts on “2013.10.10”

  1. hellonc said:

    Here’s something I just noticed about their shoes in this concert. They’re not only “civilian,” the shoes have red soles, in the style of Christian Louboutin. I think this detail is rather bourgeois, but interesting nevertheless. During” 달려가자 미래로”:

    • pekkakorhonen said:

      Indeed. Christian Louboutin appears to make rather expensive shoes. Whether these are by him or only similar style we do not know, but the ones on the feet of the MBB ladies look expensive too. Bourgeois details with them are always interesting. Money has not been saved on their outfit and instruments.

    • I found the similar style of Louboutins as the ones MBB ladies are wearing and it’s called Daffodile.

  2. MBfan said:

    The KCTV camera guys definitely know how to “take orders”. This was during 타오르라 우등불아.

    This is already a thing of the past, but I’ll share it anyway.

    Fun fact: The similar avoidance technique was used on PEE’s Kim Won il, as shown in this video:

  3. moalian said:

    Small correction on the picture with the title “Choe Jong-im 08.19. Behind her Jong Su-hyang, Kim Sol-mi and Ryu Jina.” => The person on the right is Pak Mi-kyong, Ryu Jina is the next in line of the septet and not shown.

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