Olympics bid for dic­ta­tor’s girl band

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS WORLD -

NORTH Korea will have talks to­day to have its leading girl band, Mo­ran­bong, per­form at next month’s Win­ter Olympics in PyeongChang.

If suc­cess­ful at the talks, the world might be treated to such hits as My Coun­try is the Best! and Let’s Sup­port Our Supreme Com­man­der with Arms.

An Olympic ap­pear­ance would be the first time on an in­ter­na­tional stage for Mo­ran­bong, whose 20 mini-skirted mem­bers were “hand-picked” by dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-Un to form the band in 2012 and sing mainly songs in trib­ute to the Dear Leader.

More typ­i­cal are per­for­mances like the one in July on a Pyongyang stage be­fore a jumbo screen show­ing North Korea’s new in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile shoot­ing into the sky while the band per­formed a set that in­cluded their hit Make Oth­ers Envy Us.

One of the four North Korean del­e­gates to to­day’s meet­ing is Hyon Song-Wol, the leader of the Mo­ran­bong band and ru­moured ex-girl­friend of dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-un. Hyon was ru­moured to have been ex­e­cuted in 2013.

But she re-emerged the fol­low­ing year and earned a spot on the rul­ing Work­ers’ Party of Korea’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee last year.

The Olympics will be held about 80km south of the de­mil­i­tarised zone that sep­a­rate the two Koreas.

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