The Unhasu Orchestra, whose two concertmasters are reported to have been executed on orders from Kim Jong-Un, failed to appear on national day, giving further credence to reports of severe sanctions against its players. Here’s a message to Slipped Disc from a source in China:
The Unhasu Orchestra did not appear on 09.09, North Korean National Day. The Korean People’s Internal Security Forces (KPISF) Song and Dance Ensemble replaced them.
I more and more tend to believe the tragedy really happened. I do not know the reason, maybe some musicians have different opinion with Kim Jong Un about how to make performances, because in May, he suggested (or ordered) Unhasu Orchestra to cooperate with a Pop music group of North Korean in July, but Unhasu Orchestra didn’t do according to what he suggested; Or, maybe just because some musicians can not bear to waste their lives and their talent in North Korean anymore and want to leave.
I do not know the reason, but I really have very sad and bad feeling about this now.
Let’s have a look what Kim Jong Un said on September 1, 2013 ( KCNA news):
Pyongyang, September 1 (KCNA) — Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, enjoyed together with Ri Sol Ju a performance “My Motherland of Songun” given by the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces (KPISF) Song and Dance Ensemble.
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Kim Jong Un congratulated the performers on their successful performance.
He expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the artistes presented a splendid performance peculiar to their organization.
He said that ideological education should not be stopped even a moment at present when the imperialists’ ideological and cultural poisoning is getting evermore frantic, adding that it is impossible to defend socialism when a concession is made in ideology.
He said that watching the performance, he heard not mere songs reflecting the pledges of the artistes of the Ensemble but the true voices representing the resolution of the servicepersons of the KPISF to defend the socialist system by tightly holding the swords of the revolution. He also said the performance greatly encouraged him.
He assigned the Ensemble a task to prepare well a performance celebrating the 65th anniversary of the DPRK.
“He said that ideological education should not be stopped even a moment at present when the imperialists’ ideological and cultural poisoning is getting evermore frantic, adding that it is impossible to defend socialism when a concession is made in ideology.”
I grew up in an Asian country. At that sensitive moment he said this, I am sure: this is very important sentense. It gave a lots of information… …