Unusual Music on DPRK Radio0
|Juche Tower, Pyongyang by groucho|
Indeed, my friends on Twitter, Mark Fahey of Behind The Curtain and Thomas Witherspoon of SWLing.com — both experts on North Korean radio — were equally surprised:
@LondonShortwave @SWLingDotCom @K7al_L3afta rare for me not to recognise a song from Nth Korea - but that is a new one for me. Great catch!— realmarkfahey (@realmarkfahey) 3 March 2016
@LondonShortwave @K7al_L3afta @realmarkfahey Wow--I would have *never* guessed that came out of the VOK. Great catch!— SWLing (@SWLingDotCom) 3 March 2016
Click here to download the recording.
Another interesting thing about this broadcast was a song in Russian by Sultan Karimov, a popular Kyrgyz singer. The song, titled "Love!" (imperative verb), is in praise of one's wife, whom one must love very much and recognise her role in the functioning of the revolutionary socialist society. Introducing it, the presenter goes as far as to say that "the song is dedicated to beloved wives, who are not only responsible for family life but are also one of the wheels in the cart of communal life". I have not been able to find a trace of it anywhere else, which probably means that it was specially commissioned by North Korea. You can find it at 11 minutes 58 seconds into the full recording.
It appears that Voice of Korea are diversifying their playlist somewhat, though perhaps not in the way one might have expected.