Are there any musicians/bands from North Korea?
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Posted 9/11/08
This is my first time I opened a new topic, but sorry if this is a duplicate, but I just wonder, are there any musicians or bands that hailed from North Korea?
Posted 9/21/08
I doubt it. Since North Korea is an isolated country, pop, rock, and todays music from N. Korea is very rare. The music in N. Korea is controlled by a government which encourages light, state-sponsored music, or music with pride worker-driven themes (praising leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Il-Sung and their communist policies) played on radios. There maybe few light and optimistic pop music, perform by females groups, but like all music in North Korea, it's in praise of Kim Jong Il, or otherwise the ideals of Communism.

So listening to foreign and South Korean music or playing Rock music are illegal there and considered it barbaric because "it has no melody". Sad isn't it?

You should try reading this article about Cheol Woong Kim, a musician who escaped from N. Korea. and live in America. He talks about what music is like in N. Korea and why he flee North Korea. Its very interesting. http://www.nysun.com/arts/fleeing-for-cultural-freedom/77397/

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Posted 9/21/08

StephyKot87 wrote:

I doubt it. Since North Korea is an isolated country, pop, rock, and todays music from N. Korea is very rare. The music in N. Korea is controlled by a government which encourages light, state-sponsored music, or music with pride worker-driven themes (praising leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Il-Sung and their communist policies) played on radios. There maybe few light and optimistic pop music, perform by females groups, but like all music in North Korea, it's in praise of Kim Jong Il, or otherwise the ideals of Communism.

So listening to foreign and South Korean music or playing Rock music are illegal there and considered it barbaric because "it has no melody". Sad isn't it?

You should try reading this article about Cheol Woong Kim, a musician who escaped from N. Korea. and live in America. He talks about what music is like in N. Korea and why he flee North Korea. Its very interesting. http://www.nysun.com/arts/fleeing-for-cultural-freedom/77397/



It should be like this...

http://www.nysun.com/arts/fleeing-for-cultural-freedom/77397/
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