[VIDEO NEWS] 3 things you do not know about Hyon Song-wol’s song selection

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[VIDEO NEWS] 3 things you do not know about Hyon Song-wol’s song selection


1) On Feb. 11th, the North Korean Samjiyon Orchestra held a show at the National Theater of Korea’s Haeoreum Grand Theater.

2) “Hello, everyone.”

3) Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the art troupe, went onstage unexpectedly.

4) “I had a sore throat the past few days.”

5) “So, as you can hear,”

6) “My throat is not at its best condition.”

7) “But, since I have a reputation to keep,”

8) “Please applaud me a bit louder than you applauded the previous singers.”

9) “I would really appreciate that.”

10) Hyon sang the song “Paektu and Halla Are My Home” on stage.

11) What is this song, “Paektu and Halla Are My Home,” about?

12) Here are three hidden meanings behind the song Hyon Song-wol sang.

13) 1. The South Korean government asked to rule out the song from the show.

14) The reason: the song includes the lyrics, “We will become one as Taeyang Chosun”. “Taeyang Chosun” are words used to symbolize and glorify the Kim regime.

15) Eventually “Taeyang Chosun” was replaced with the lyrics “our people.”

16) 2. Hyon Song-wol chaged the lyrics to “Dokdo,” despite protests from Japan.

17) Japan had taken issue with the word “Dokdo, and criticized North Korea, claiming that “they are using the Olympics in politics.”

18) Hyon Song-wol paid no attention to the criticism, and changed the lyrics “Paektu and Halla are my home” to “Halla and Dokdo are also my home.”

19) 3. It was a song used to celebrate the launching of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite.

20) This song was the opening song of the the North Korean Moranbong Band’s 2013 New Year concert, which was held right after the success of the satellite’s launch.

21) Professor Kang Dong-wan of Dong-a University, who is an expert on North Korea’s arts and show business, said that North Korea’s intention in singing this song was to alienate South Korea from the U.S. by emphasizing autonomous unification.

22) Hyon Song-wol’s last words on stage were “see you again.”

23) Will the easing of strained relations between the South and North created by the North Korean art troupes lead to actual peace on the Korean Peninsula?

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Sun Hee-yeon
Produced by Oh Da-seul
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Matthew Silberman

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