The Monday travel song: North Korea’s Moranbong Band

I propose to start every new week with a song that takes us somewhere in the world.

Today I’ve selected a song that takes us to North Korea with the Moranbong Band, an all-female phenomenon in the DPRK whose members are said to have been selected by the supreme leader Kim Jong-un himself.

When I was in North Korea in October 2014, this music was being played in a continuous loop, everywhere, all the time. Nevertheless when I expressed the wish to buy a DVD of it, I was told that it was not available in any shop. Whether that was the truth or a lie, like anything in North Korea, I doubt we will ever know!

Interested to hear more about my travel in North Korea? Read about my general impressions of the country, who were my guides when I visited the country, and how become a North Korean guide yourself!

Have a great week!

This post is part of a weekly event called The Monday Travel song. You can participate, too, by doing the following:

  • Create your own post every Monday and title it The Monday travel song: xxx by xxx
  • Include a link to a song (YouTube link or other)
  • It must be a song which is linked to a geography. For example, a Russian song, a Chinese song, a Scottish song… (it can be from your own country every now and then, but remember the purpose is to get others to virtually travel!)
  • Your post doesn’t have to be long, but do tell us a little bit about the song… for example by telling about the lyrics, about the composer, about the style…
  • Include a link to my own Monday travel song in your post tag it “Monday-travel-song” so others can find it too
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