North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly put together his own all-girl pop band.
The group, which consists of five girls who wear an array of sparkling outfits, have already cranked out a few tunes. Their songs include “Let’s Study” and “Our Dear Leader.”
The Moranbong Music Band members were selected by the Supreme Leader himself. The group’s creation is North Korea’s attempt to inject some popular culture into a country that generally doesn’t focus on such things.
Kim Jong Un reportedly formed the band back in 2012. They have already performed a handful of times for the North Korean leader, including last year’s New Years event.
The Dear Leader himself is particularly proud of his all-girl group. Their five-part harmonies and 60s-inspired dance choreography is apparently pleasing to Kim Jong Un, who has already sung the band’s praises.
“(He praised) Seon-u Hyang-hui, leader of the band, for her splendid directing. He underscored the need to steadily develop the traditional music and popular music in a balanced manner to suit the thoughts and feelings of Koreans and their aesthetic taste while meeting the need of the times and the people’s desire,” a report from KNCA explained.
The members of the Moranbong Music Band use synthesizers, guitars, and strings to create their sound. The songs have been described as light rock with hints of 80s pop.
In order to spread the word about his group, Kim Jong Un has put together a few promotional sites on social media. Not only does the band have their own DPRK-sanctioned YouTube channel, the girls’ also have a Facebook page dedicated to their music and performances.
Judging from the video below, the group’s vibe is decidedly old-fashioned. However, in a country where pop culture is practically non-existent, the band’s approach probably feels indescribably new to the people of North Korea.
What do you think about Kim Jong Un and his all-girl band? Is this just harmless fun, or is it another way for the Dear Leader to control his people?