Concert theme: Celebration for the successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 《광명성4호》 「光明星4号」 satellite
Publisher: Originally Korean Central TV. However, the KCTV may keep its publications available only for a few hours. At the moment available at stimmekoreas https://youtu.be/5mSTR0-5vYI and tonpomail https://youtu.be/sqa3NGfBFFk
Place: Mokran House
Audience: Scientists, technicians, bureaucrats and military connected with the launch
KJU: Present with Ri Sol-ju
Rodong Sinmun: http://www.uriminzokkiri.com/index.php?ptype=english&no=118157
Explore DPRK: https://www.facebook.com/MusicDPRK/photos/pcb.579270162224143/579270125557480/?type=3&theater
Kim Yu-kyong was nominated Merited Artiste in 2015年10月26日, and this is the first concert after that. Thus this is at the same time a jubileum concert for her. Yet, they do not call her 공훈배우 Konghun Peu on the screen. When Ra Yu-mi performed after her nomination, the title shone often on the screen. In Ryu Jina’s case it also was duly mentioned. Here never. Well, the names of any performers are not given, but such a small gesture would not have been a big trouble for the video editor.
Cha Yong-mi is absent, and will be until May. The camera ignors the newcomers, though. All the experienced MBB singers as well as Jo Kuk-hyang are often in camera focus, but not the two new anonymous ones. They are not specifically avoided either, only ignored.
Before the concert Kim Jong-un gave a congratulatory speech, and dinner was served. Moranbong Band members were distributed to different tables, so that the successful technicians all had the honour of dining in the company of a MB lady. Present were also other ladies, of whom Ri Sol-ju was clearly recognizable. Ryu Jina did not perform on stage; whether she was present or not in the hall remained inconclusive in the Forum debate.
The usual national hymn was not performed; apparently the occasion demanded a different type of repertoire. It consisted mostly of older hits plus three new eulogies for Kim Jong-un. A well rehearsed and performed concert.
02.07 빛나는 조국 Pinnanŭn joguk Shining fatherland 輝く祖国
Composition: Ri Myŏn-sang 리면상, lyrics: Pak Se-yon 박세영, 1947
05.35 내 나라 제일로 좋아 Ne nara jeillo joa I love my country best 私の国が一番
Title song of the film Race and destiny 민족과 운명 民族と運命
Composition: Ri Jong-o 리종오, lyrics: Choe Jun-kyŏng 최준경, 1991
09.26 아 그리운 원수님 A kŭriun wŏnsunim Oh dear Marshal ああ懐かしい元帥様
Creators unknown, new song.
14.27 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
17.57 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
22.25 혁명의 려정 Hyŏkmyŏnge ryŏjong Journey plan of revolution 革命の旅程
No creation info; a new song
28.04 원수님 곁에는 인민이 있습니다 Wŏnsunim kyŏthenin inmini isŭmnida The people are beside the marshal 元帥様のそばには人民がいます
Composition: Jo Kwang-chol 조광철, lyrics Jang Chung-sim 장충심, first published in 2015.12.20 by Moranbong Band
32.39 세상에 부럼없어라 Sesange purŏmŏpsŏra We have nothing to envy in this world この世に羨むものはない
Composition: Kim Hyok 김혁, lyrics: group, 1961
Sesange purŏmŏpsŏra is the ultimate North Korean children’s song, made at the time when Kim Il Song had during the late 1950s finally deposed of all competing factions, and was finally able to reign supreme. Since childhood everyone knows the lyrics thoroughly; here the first verse:
하늘은 푸르고 내 마음 즐겁다 손풍금소리 울려라
사람들 화목하게 사는 내 조국 한없이 좋네
우리의 아버진 김일성원수님 우리의 집은 당의 품
우리는 모두다 친형제 세상에 부럼없어라
The sky is blue, my heart is happy, the sound of accordeon jingles in the air.
People live harmoniously, our country is wholly comfortable.
Our father is the Great Leader Kim Il Song, our home is the bosom of the party.
We all, brothers and sisters, have nothing to envy in this world.
Even KJU sings the song in the video. During the KWP Seventh Congress in 6-10 May 2016 a strange thing happened: the song was awarded simultaneously two prizes, the Kim Il Song Prize and the Kim Jong Il Prize. It did not go to the performers, nor to the creators even posthumously, but to the song itself. It was also performed as a grand and long 7-minute version in the 20160511 concert, and the melody could be heard also in connection with at least one other song there. KJU here in this concert, by visibly singing it in front of the camera, no doubt gave an additional load of importance to the song, which was very important already. Simultaneously he intensified the link between the image of his grandfather and himself, or perhaps rather merged these two images together, because singing it personalized the song also to him. At the same time of course the message is also noteworthy. Everyone is happy under the great leader in the best country in the world.
원수님 wŏnsunim is a title used about Kim Il Song and Kim Jong Un, while Kim Jong Il preferred less grandiose titles, the usual one being 장군님 janggunnim. It is the same title as the Japanese 将軍様 shōgun-sama, familiar from Japanese samurai movies. It is usually translated as general, which is ok. A janggun or shōgun is the leader of the armed forces, but not the politico-religiously highest ruler in the country. In Tokugawa Japan the shōgun de facto ruled the country, but nominally he always remained under the command of the emperor. Similarly, KJI always placed himself under the shadow of his father, the eternal president of the country. Wŏnsu is different. It can be translated in many ways: can be ”marshal” as usual in the case of KJU; can be ”great leader”. Originally 원수 wŏnsu was a Buddhist title referring to an old leading great master with lots of disciples and disciples’ disciples: ”original teacher” (元帥). There is no one above him (except perhaps Buddha, but Buddha is out of this world). 님 nim is an additional honorific, like Mr. or sir in English, Herr in German, or -san/-sama in Japanese.
Apologies for a long explanatory text in the middle of the song list, but an important political operation can be seen on the video here. This children’s song was presented in every single concert in spring 2016, the arrangement becoming bigger in each consequtive concert.
37.55 단숨에 Tansume Without a break/In one breath 一気に
Composer: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Yun Du-gun 윤두근, 2003.
This is the ultimate hit of Moranbong Band, originally composed as a military march and performed then by military bands and popular ensembles. Like the previous Sesange purŏmŏpsŏra, this one also is an older song with an excellent melody, given a completely new pop style form by the MBB creators. MB sings only the title word, nothing else, but because it is a famous song, North Koreans know the lyrics. The meaning is in the lyrics, which highlight rapid action. Here the first verse, where I have translated ”tansume” as ”at once”, which may be more understandable in this context. Literally the expression means that you do something during one breath:
훈련장에 나선 병사는
단숨에란 말을 사랑해
걸음마다 그 말 울리며
펄펄나는 용맹 키우네
산을 넘어도 단숨에
강을 건너도 단숨에
번개같이 불이 번쩍 단숨에
단숨에 단숨에 단숨에
Soldiers training in the field
love the words ”at once!”.
It sounds in their every step,
molding them to be swift and fearless.
They cross the mountain at once,
they cross the river at once.
Like lightning their fire flames at once,
at once, at once, at once.
42.49 보란듯이 Poran dŭsi You must look at this [translated often as “With pride”, but also as “In a stately manner”] これ見よがしに
Composition 작곡: Jon Kwang-su 전광수, lyrics 작사: Kim Tok-yon 김덕용, date unknown, apparently a KJI era song; performed by MB first time in 2015.10.11 with SMC.
The dance piece of the concert.
45.16 그이 없인 못살아 Kŭi ŏpsin mossara We cannot live without him あの方なしでは生きられない
Composition 작곡: Kim Un-ryong 김운룡, lyrics 작사: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, 2013
KCNA announced the song in 2013.12.21, and MB performed it for the first time in 2014.03.17.
49.55 김정은 장군께 영광을 Kim Jong Un janggunkke yŏngwangŭl Glory to General Kim Jong-un 金正恩大将に栄光を
Composition Kim Kang-nam 김강남, lyrics Cha Yong-do 차영도, 2016
Lyrics and notes here
Lyrics and translation here
Then we have two ladies who appear here for the first time. The first one is numbered Anonymous2. She will continue throughout spring 2016. Two photos of her.
The next one is Anonymous3, and she will perform only in the two February concerts. Two photos of her also.