Moranbong Band and State Merited Chorus joint concert
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 channel apparently was cancelled by YouTube in December 2016 because of possible misalignment with UN sanctions. At least Aisaevol currently has a functioning link to the concert https://youtu.be/Tkv_adYGLbU.
Place: Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium
Audience: Launch related people as well as students and Pyongyang citizens
KJU: not present
Rodong Sinmun: In Korean http://www.uriminzokkiri.com/index.php?ptype=gisa2&no=220800&pagenum=1
Explore DPRK: https://www.facebook.com/MusicDPRK/photos/pcb.580898572061302/580898212061338/?type=3&theater
KCNA.kp: small mention in 2016.02.20: Joint Performance Given by Moranbong Band and State Merited Chorus. I cannot find out how to make a working link to the article.
MB performed one new song at 37.59.
Specific mention deserves the appearance of Hwang Un-mi near the end of the concert from 57.46 onwards.
02.15 02.07 빛나는 조국 Pinnanŭn joguk Shining fatherland 輝く祖国 (MB)
Composition: Ri Myŏn-sang 리면상, lyrics: Pak Se-yon 박세영, 1947
05.34 김정은 장군께 영광을 Kim Jong Un janggunkke yŏnkwangŭl Glory to General Kim Jong-un 金正恩大将に栄光を (MB + SMC)
Composition Kim Kang-nam 김강남, lyrics Cha Yong-do 차영도, 2016
KJU is strongly linked with the launching of the satellite; even though Mount Pektu is mentioned in the song, there is no need for the images of KIS and KJI. The legitimacy of KJU stands now on his achievements; emphasizing the blood line is no more especially important. Of course the strategy has its perils, even though it brings honour. Successes must continue.
09.29 뵙고싶었습니다 Boebgo siphŏssŭmnida We have longed to see you お会いしたかったです (MB)
Composition: U Jong-hui 우정희, lyrics: Ri Ji-song 리지성, 2015
Kim Sol-mi’s belly is indeed getting round. May be a new human being coming into this world, learning the joys of a stage performance already in an early age.
13.00 아 그리운 원수님 A kŭriun wonsunim Oh dear Marshal ああ懐かしい元帥様 (MB)
No creation info, new song.
18.04 높이 날려라 우리의 당기 Nophi nallyŏra uriye tangi Fly high our Party flag! 高く翻れ我らの党旗 (MB + SMC)
Composition: Kim Dong-chol 김동철, lyrics: Choe Jun-kyong 최준경, 1985
22.37 내 나라 제일로 좋아 Ne nara jeillo joa I love my country best 私の国が一番 (SMC)
Composition: Ri Jong-o 리종오, lyrics: Choe Jun-kyŏng 최준경, 1991
27.35 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 (MB)
Composition: Jo Kwang-chol 조광철, lyrics Jang Chung-sim 장충심, 2015
32.16 혁명의 려정 Hyŏkmyŏnge ryŏjong Itinerary of revolution 革命の旅程 (MB)
No creator info; a new song
37.59 빛나라 광명성 Pinnara Kwangmyŏngsŏng Twinkle twinkle Shining-Bright-Star! 輝け、光明星 (MB)
No creation info; new song, performed here for the first time.
40.53 단숨에 Tansume Without a break/In one breath 一気に (MB)
Composer: Hwang Jin-yong 황진영, lyrics: Yun Du-gun 윤두근, 2003
45.37 보란듯이 Poran dŭsi You must look at this/With pride これ見よがしに (MB)
Composition 작곡: Jon Kwang-su 전광수, lyrics 작사: Kim Tok-yon 김덕용, date unknown, apparently a KJI era song.
49.14 세상에 부럼없어라 Sesange purŏmŏpsŏra We have nothing to envy in this world この世に羨むものはない (MB)
Composition: Kim Hyok 김혁, lyrics: group, 1961
53.57 그이 없인 못살아 Kŭi ŏpsin mossara We cannot live without him あの方なしでは生きられない (MB + SMC)
Composition 작곡: Kim Un-ryong 김운룡, lyrics 작사: Cha Ho-gun 차호근, 2013
57.46 우리의 신념 Uri ye sinnyŏm Our faith 我が信念 (SMC)
Composition: Pak Myong-song 박명성, lyrics: Ri Hye-jong 리혜정, 2016
Hwang Un-mi 황은미 singing, though the song itself is not very good for her. The military dress does not fit her. She would need an evening dress, civilian type of hairdo and make-up to bloom in her stage appearances, and a song with lots of inner meaning, flavoured with a bit of philosophy and nostalgia. She still smiles a little at the end of the song, but much less than during the Unhasu Orchestra years.
01.01.08 빛나는 조국 Pinnanŭn joguk Brilliant motherland 輝く祖国 (SMC)
The same song started the concert.
01.06.19 Brief ending ceremonies
Moranbong Band nowadays argues collective unity. Also skill, technique, beauty, dreams of advancement, etc., but the overriding argument is that of unity in sameness under the great leader. Difficult to tell a guitarist from a violinist unless they are holding their instruments.
We no more learn the names of all of the new singers. She is Anonymous2
And this lady below is Anonymous3
Jo Kuk-hyang, who was came to the band in the 2014.10.11 concert, and gave interviews to media in Beijing in 2015.12.10. It is possible to hear her voice singing in a short North Korean anime clip, created by jugem, who has lots of photos in his site. It is the theme song of the film, and the film is titled 소년장수 Sonyon jangsu, which probably translates as Youngsters of long life 少年長寿.
As SMC increasingly took the charge during the last three songs, the emphasis was shifted from flashy MBB celebration to a more sombre, traditional, and nationalistic direction, with SMC adding male and military strength to the imagery. Unity of the powerful nation under Kim Jong Un’s successful leadership is the message. No time was wasted on medleys with pieces of nostalgic melodies. Old songs were employed, but they served the present. Father Kim Jong Il was absent from the imagery. Grandfather Kim Il Song was there with the Sesange purŏmŏpsŏra song, but perhaps also there the intended narrative was that once again North Koreans have nothing to envy in this world, as they again have a great leader.
Pak Myong-song 1 2016
Kim Kang-nam 1 2016
Jo Kwang-chol 1 2015.12
U Jong-hui 1 2015
Kim Un-ryong 1 2013
Hwang Jin-yong 1 old (Tansume)
Ri Hye-jong 1 2016
Cha Yong-do 1 2016
Jang Chung-sim 1 2015.12
Ri Ji-song 1 2015
Cha Ho-gun 1 2013
No creator info 3; new songs all. KJU era songs 9, when Tansume counted there. 10 when Poran dŭsi counted. In this concert the distinction with old and new songs is less meaningful than in memorial and anniversary concerts. As seen in the case of Pinnanŭn joguk performed twice, the meaning of the song differed according to the way it was arranged and choreographed.
15 songs; balance strongly tilted towards KJU eulogizing