RDS 2015-10-19--1-07

From the 2015.10.11-19 concert series by Moranbong Band and the State Merited Chorus; the exact date of this one has not been given
Concert theme: WPK 70 year celebrations
Publisher: 인민조선 https://youtu.be/6GSLhP_14XM
tonpomail https://youtu.be/XSLpZ_gYCNU
Publisher: Explore DPRK published a HG video in 20160511. This is the way everything should be published. https://youtu.be/omGU1TZ_fQI
Place: Pyongyang Arena = Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium
Audience: Military mostly
KJU: Not present here; present in the final 19 October concert
Rodong Sinmun: 2015-10-19
Explore DPRK:
A video by Jaka Parker taken with a mobile phone from the audience exists. Audio of course not perfect, but the whole space can well be seen in it: https://youtu.be/2Cq7DfFFAc0

Cha Yong-mi is not on stage. The strings are a trio. The camera has no more any aversion towards Kim Yu-kyong. Her strange visual treatment lasting over two years appears to have ended. It started in October 2013 and continued with varying intensity all the way until this concert. Strange two years.

00.00.25 애국가 Egukka National anthem 愛国歌
Composition: Kim Won-gyun 김원균 金元均, lyrics: Pak Se-yong 박세영 朴世永, 1947
The red concert piano originally used by MBB in 2012 is again employed.

00.02.05 어머니 생일 Ŏmŏni sengil Mother’s birthday 母の誕生日
Composition: Kim Un-ryong 김운룡, lyrics: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, 2015
Mixed choir of 13 people; 7 MBB, 6 SMC. Kim Hyo-sim 김효심 (new) makes here an unmarked brief entrance to the stage. She will return at the end of the concert. Her treatment seems to point towards giving her the taste of a real stage experience.

00.05.50 빛나라 태양의 그 이름 Pinnara theyang ye kŭ irŭm Shining name of the sun 輝け太陽の名前
No creation info

Medley of party songs MB
00.09.07 조선로동당 만세 Chosŏn rodongtang manse Hail to the Korean Workers’ Party! 朝鮮労働党万歳
Composition: Om Ha-jin 엄하진, lyrics: An Ho-gun 안호근, 1980

00.09.44 높이 날려라 우리의 당기 Nophi nallyŏra uri ye 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
MBB sextet: Pak Mi-kyong, Jo Kuk-hyang 조국향 (new), Ri Su-kyong (II concert), Kim Yu-kyong, Ryu Jina, Pak Son-hyang

00.11.18 그대는 어머니 Kŭdenŭn ŏmŏni You are mother あなたは母
Composer: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Jong Song-hwan 정성환, 2012
Guitar: Jo Kyong-hui 조경희

00.11.40 당의 기치따라 Tangye ki chittara Let’s subordinate ourselves under the Party flag 党の旗に従って
Composition: Han Si-hyong 한시형, lyrics: group, 1980
Piano: Kim Jong-mi

00.12.10 로동당은 우리의 향도자 Rodongtangŭn uri ye hyangdoja Worker’s Party is our guide 労働党は我等が嚮導者
Composition: Kim Kil-hak 김길학, lyrics: Jong So-chun 정서촌, 1957
Cello: Yu Un-jong

00.13.14 내 심장의 목소리 Nae simjang ye moksori The voice of my heart 私の心の声
Composition: Rim Kum-song 림금성, lyrics: Ri Hye-jong 리혜정, 2014.
Duo: Jo Kuk-hyang, Kim Yu-kyong
The choreography is quite interesting. Jo, who graduated in spring from the Ryulgok Middle School, and is only 17 or 18 years old, is given the role of starting the song at front stage. Kim, with whom Jo is often paired, then answers with her own solo at the backstage. Jo is given an important role in the concert, more important than for any of the other new entrants to the ensemble.

00.14.40 전사의 길 Jŏnsa ye kil Soldier’s road 戦士の道
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, 1986
Clarinet: Choe Jong-im
MBB sextet

00.15.47 나를 부르는 소리 Narŭl purŭnŭn sori The voice that calls me 私を呼ぶ声
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Jon Tongu 전동우, 1989
Solo: Ryu Jina
High voice: Pak Mi-kyong

00.17.00 어머니 우리 당이 바란다면 Ŏmŏni uri tangi parandamyŏn If the Mother Party wishes 母なる我が党が望むなら
Composition: Kim Mun-hyok 김문혁, lyrics: Jo Ryong-chul 조령출, 1992

00.17.23 당을 노래하노라 Tangŭl norehanora We Sing of the Party 党を歌わん
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Cha Yong-do 차영도, 2010

00.18.02 당이여 그대 있기에 Tangiyŏ kŭde itgie Oh Party, because you exist 党よ、あなたがいるから
No creation info, but a song specifically created for this birthday celebration

00.18.57 영광을 드리자 위대한 우리 당에 Yŏngkwangŭl tŭrija widehan uri tange Glory to our great Party! 栄光を捧げよう、偉大な党に
Composition: An Jong-ho 안정호, lyrics: Yun Du-gun 윤두근, 2010

00.20.00 조선로동당 만세 Chosŏn rodongtang manse Hail to the Korean Workers’ Party! 朝鮮労働党万歳
Composition: Om Ha-jin 엄하진, lyrics: An Ho-gun 안호근, 1980
MBB begins to sound a bit like Chongbong Band … that trend will deepen in future concerts.


00.20.57 당을 노래하노라 Tangŭl norehanora We Sing of the Party 党を歌わん SMC
Composition: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Cha Yong-do 차영도, 2010
Solo: 임지성 Im Ji-sŏng, SMC
There is also a supporting choir, but as it is a large one, this is not pangchang, but hapchang 합창.

00.25.48 그리움은 나의 행복 Kŭriumŭn naye hengbok Longing is my happiness 恋しさは私の幸せ
Composition: Hyong Kyong-il 현경일, lyrics: Pak Kyong-sim 박경심, 2015
Duo: Jo Kuk-hyang, Kim Yu-kyong
Jo is again at the front stage, though her name preceding that of Kim probably only means that her pitch is higher. Both of them start singing together, but the camera shows Jo first.

00.30.01 뵙고싶었습니다 Boebgo siphŏssŭmnida We have longed to see you お会いしたかったです
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Ri Ji-song 리지성, 2015
Quintet: Pak Mi-kyong, Jo Kuk-hyang, Ri Su-kyong, Kim Yu-kyong, Pak Son-hyang

00.33.24 사랑하노라 Sarangha nora Receiving love 愛を授けん
Composition: Sol The-song 설태성, lyrics: Ri Hye-jong 리혜정, 2014
Violin: Hong Su-kyong
Guitar: Jo Kyong-hui
Piano: Kim Jong-mi

00.37.37 내 나라 제일로 좋아 Ne nara jeillo joa I love my country best 私の国が一番のお気に入り
Composition: Ri Jongo 리종오, lyrics: Choe Jun-kyong 최준경, 1991

00.42.30 조선로동당찬가 Josŏn Rodongtang changa Hymn of the Workers’ Party of Korea 朝鮮労働党の賛歌
No creation info
Male trio. SMC

00.47.00 조선의 진군가 Chosŏn ye jingunga March of Korea 朝鮮の進軍歌
Composition year 2015, no other creation info

00.49.20 우리의 김정운동지 Uriye Kim Jŏng-un tongji Our Comrade Kim Jong-un 我らの金正恩同志
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Ri Ji-song 리지성, 2015
Sextet: Pak Mi-kyong, Jo Kuk-hyang, Ri Su-kyong, Kim Yu-kyong, Ryu Jina, Pak Sun-hyang

00.52.26 운명의 손길 Unmyŏng ye songil Hand of destiny 運命の手
Composition: Sin Il-je 신일재, lyrics: Hwang Song-ha 황성하, 2015
Arrangement: Sin Il-je 신일재, Ri Myong-nam 리명남
Solo: Ryu Jina 류진아

00.56.24 보란듯이 Poran dŭsi You must look at this これ見よがしに
Composition 작곡: Jon Kwang-su 전광수, lyrics 작사: Kim Tok-yon 김덕용, date unknown, a KJI era song.
Quintet; Ryu Jina resting

00.59.46 조선의 모습 Josŏn ye mosŭp The shape of Korea 朝鮮の姿
Composition: Om Ha-jin 엄하진, lyrics: Kim Jong-hun 김정훈, 1989.

01.02.36 우리 당 영원히 따르리 Uri tang yŏngwŏni tarŭri Let’s follow the party till the eternity 我が党に永遠に従おう
Composition: Kim Un-ryong 김운룡, lyrics: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, 2015

01.05.47 죽어도 혁명신념 버리지 말자 Jugŏdo hyŏkmyŏng sinnyŏm pŏriji malja Even if we die let’s not loose our faith in the revolution 死んでも革命の信念を捨てなかれ
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Ri Ji-song 리지성, 2015
Male quintet. SMC.

01.10.36 가리라 백두산으로 Karira Pektu sanŭro Let’s go to Mount Pektu 行こう、白頭山へ
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Ri Ji-song 리지성, 2015

01.15.02 영원히 한길을 가리라 Yŏngwŏni hangilrŭl karira Let’s proceed in a line to eternity 永遠に一筋に行かん
Composition: Ri Hak-pom 리학범, lyrics: Ri Jong-sul 리정술, 1981
SMC male trio + MBB female trio: Ryu Jina, Kim Yu-kyong, Pak Son-hyang, the arrangement growing larger as the performance proceeds. MBB choir grows to a nonet, which means that Kim Hyo-sim 김효심 has been taken to the stage again. Females appear also in the SMC choir, but they are not shown clearly.

01.24.37 오늘도 래일도 영원히 Onŭldo reildo yŏngwŏni Today, tomorrow, till the eternity 今日も明日も永遠に
No creation info, 2015.
MBB nonet + SMC sextet

01.28.14 우리는 당이를 사랑하네 Urinŭn tangirŭl saranghane We love the party flag 我らは党旗を愛する
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, 2015.
Arrangement: U Jong-hui
Towards the grande finale.
Jo Kuk-hyang again has been given the honour of beginning the song, in the most forward position at the stage. Third time in this concert. She clearly has been placed at the highest hierarchical singer level, even though this is only her second concert in MBB. She is a good singer, no doubt about that, but she may also be having a guardian angel.

01.32.40 어머니 생일 Ŏmŏni sengil Mother’s birthday 母の誕生日
Once again.
Grande finale

01.34.57 Applauses

Compositions new
U Jong-hui 8; 5 2015, 1 2012, 2 old
Kim Un-ryong 2 2015
Sin Il-je 1
Hyong Kyong-il 1
Sol The-song 1 2014
Rim Kum-song 1 2014
Hwang Jin-yong 3 old
An Jong-ho 1 old

Lyrics new
Ri Ji-song 4 2015
Cha Ho-gun 3
Hwang Song-ha 1
Pak Kyong-sim 1
Ri Hye-jong 2 2014

33 songs + one twice
No creation info 5; most of them must be new
Old 16, meaning pre KJU era songs
New at least 9, probably more + 2 2014 songs + 1 2012 song

The balance appears to be nearly half and half here, as could be expected on an important anniversary, but again the medley effect lessens the weight of old songs. An Jong-ho and Hwang Jin-yong may be getting out of the mill; their work is no more used much, and there are no new compositions from them. U Jong-hui is instead in a very central role here. Could it be that the two old gentlemen have left, and U is in charge of art direction? Neither Hwang nor An appeared to be sitting among the MBB leadership during the 20151026 ceremony where honorary titles and military ranks were conferred like waterfalls on MBB and SMC members (http://youtu.be/L_4vDTk58cs).

Arrangement: Sin Il-je 신일재, Ri Myong-nam 리명남 of Sin’s composition at 52.14. It appears that Ri often works as a co-arranger in the case of younger composers, but not with the veteran ones like U Jong-hui and Hwang Jin-yong. They themselves know very well how to do it.

No complaints about this concert. Even if not one of the greatest ones, music was nevertheless ok. The Moranbong Band was not turned into a decoration of the State Merited Chorus, but remained an independent entity with a more dominating role in the concert than that of the SMC.

Many changes in the MB personnel, but we are already used to them. The outlook of the ladies has been made so uniform that it is not easy to distinguish between them; presumably the visual unity of the court band symbolizes the unity of the country. MB mainly sings songs for Kim Jong-un, while the State Merited Chorus sings for the party and the military.

Han Sun-jong 20151011 19.55e

Han Sun-jong 19.55

Kim Jong-mi 20151011 01.02.52e

Kim Jong-mi 01.02.52

Kim Yong-mi 20151011 29.51e

Kim Yong-mi 29.51

Choe Jong-im Ryu Jina Kim Un-ha 20151011 52.47e

Choe Jong-im, Ryu Jina & Kim Un-ha at 52.47. Choe plays here a percussion instrument, possibly a percpad, though she touches it only seldom.

Jon He-ryon 20151011 50.12e

Jon He-ryon 50.12

Jo Kyong-hui 20151011 01.24.52e

Jo Kyong-hui 01.24.52

Yu Un-jong 20151011 53.38e

Yu Un-jong 53.38

Kim Un-ha 20151011 14.27e

Kim Un-ha 14.27

Hong Su-kyong 20151011 01.16.48

Hong Su-kyong 01.16.48

Hong Su-kyong Choe Jong-im 20151011 15.03e

Hong Su-kyong, Choe Jong-im 15.03

Ryu Jina’s face is always expressive. During one song she goes through both sadness and happiness many times. The pictures are from her solo at 52.26 운명의 손길 Unmyŏng ye songil Hand of destiny

Pak Mi-kyong 20151011 10.39e

Pak Mi-kyong 10.39

Pak Mi-kyong high 20151011 16.25e

Pak Mi-kyong 16.25. She is specialized on high voices. She is the only singer of whose background we know something, namely that she has received formal opera singer education https://unhasu.wordpress.com/20110719-2/

Pak Son-hyang 20151011 19.43e

Pak Son-hyang 19.43

Kim Yu-kyong 20151011 27.22e

Kim Yu-kyong 27.22. The camera indeed does not avoid her any more. After this concert she will be restored to her former military rank of 대위 tewi 大尉 captain, and she will further be awarded the title of 공훈배우 Konghun Peu Merited Artiste 功勲俳優.

Jo Kuk-hyang Kim Yu-kyong hands 20151011 29.12e

29.12. Kim Yu-kyong’s clear voice and the junior singer Jo Kuk-hyang’s soft voice go well together, and the two appear in duettos.

Jo Kuk-hyang 20151011 01.28.49e

Jo Kuk-hyang 01.28.49. Always happy, unless sad. Her face is as expressive as Ryu Jina’s, but she is more on the happier side.

Jo Kuk-hyang Ri Su-kyong 20151011 57.43e

Jo Kuk-hyang, Ri Su-kyong 57.43

Kim Hyo-sim 20151011 04.56e

Kim Hyo-sim 04.56. The newest singer, appearing only in large singer combinations.


A former MBB member, Ri Sol-lan, can also be seen briefly a couple of times as the basist of SMC. Her uniform may not be as nice than the former one, but she seems to be free to wear her hair as long as she pleases. Here at 41.22. At 47.47 she can be seen smiling briefly with her colleague. It appears that discipline in SMC is less strict, and the atmosphere more relaxed than in MBB. May be it is a better ensemble to be in as a member.


4 thoughts on “2015.10.11”

  1. Danny said:

    I enjoyed this one, despite not liking the SMC, but that is just a matter of personal taste.

    The Moranbong Band is flawless, like always. The medley of the party songs was great.

    My favourite performance of the night was “보란듯이”. My favourite part of the song was the instrumental break and when the lights went out.

    They sure know how to put on a show!

    I am secretly hoping for a joint performance of the Moranbong Band and the newly formed Chongbong Band, as they are also pretty good!

  2. Bawris said:

    I notice Ri Sol Lan in the state merited chorus playing as the bass. I saw her at 41:22 the change is very fast,she is seen in a swift split second and then it quickly changes to the band.But if you notice her in other scenes being with the SMC you would see that it’s the former bassist

    • Bawris said:

      A bit more clear picture of her in 47:47

      • pekkakorhonen said:

        Thank you. I am for the time being in Turkey, and will react to all new information on this site in due time, but that may take until the Christmas period, when the work environment becomes quieter. Apologies.

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