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N. Korea's No. 1 Pop Group Moranbong
The Moranbong Band (牡丹峰樂團), the North Korean version of popular girl group, was formed in 2012 originally to play patriotic North Korean songs praising its leader Kim Jong-Un and entertaining other military leaders.

Also called Moranbong Hill Orchestra, the all-female music group performs interpretive styles of pop, rock, and fusion as well.

Moranbong Band is a “pet project” of its leader Kim Jong-Un, who hand-selected Pyongyang’s most beautiful singers to promote the Hermit Kingdom's culture at home and abroad.

Communist pop music band made their world debut on July 6, 2012.

Some people argue that Moranbong Band is the Communist answer to South Korean pop music, which has made waves across Asia, comparing the band to Girls’ Generation of South Korea.

Some internet sites describe the North Korean pop band as symphonic because it is "putting together different kinds of sounds, and ending in a harmonious, pleasing result.

The 18-member band includes such beautiful and musically-talented girls as Kim Yoo-Kyeong (김유경), Kim Seol-Mi (김설미), Ryu Jin-A (류진아), Pak Mi-Kyeong (박미경), Jung Su-Hyang (정수향), Pak Seon-Hyang (박선향), Ra Yu-Mi (라유미), Ri Su-Kyong (리수경), and Ri Myeong-Hui (리명희).

In particular Ryu Jin-A (柳真雅: 류진아) was reportedly favored by Jang Seung-Taek executed months in early 2016 by Kim Jong-Un.

Ryu was bestowed a top entertainer title on the special order of Kim when the Moranbong Band made a public appearance in July 2012.

Reports say that the Moranbong Band was created by the ardent need for a modern pop band in North Korea. That is North Korean regime's necessity to please important social strata: Pyongyang elites, military and technical professionals.

The existence of the band suggests the acceptability of fashion items such as mini-skirts and high heels for women, and their short hair styles have become popular among middle-class Pyongyang girls.

The band quickly became a cultural symbol of limited openness to Western influences to the youths of North Korea.

In addition to the targeted elite groups, the band's exposure has concerned virtually the whole population with TV sets.

Founding of the new, more modern band can be seen as an acknowledgement that several other light-music bands, such as the Wangjaesan Light Music Band and Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, have gone out of fashion.

Features of the Moranbong Band suggest that it's a response to the success of South Korean hallyu, Korean Wave, of contemporary pop music.

Experts say that the band's debut roughly coinciding with the release of Korean Wave star Psy's "Gangnam Style" was not incidental.

With the advent of the Moranbong Band, groups created by Kim Jong-Un's father Kim Jong-Il have diminished in importance. The Unhasu Orchestra has disappeared and the Sea of Blood Opera Company demoted.

According to KCNA, "Kim Jong-Un organized the Moranbong band as required by the new century, prompted by a grandiose plan to bring about a dramatic turn in the field of literature and arts this year in which a new century of Juche Korea begins."

The band was set up to perform regular televised concerts as entertainment.
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