Music: Kim Hak-yong (김학영) 1992
Text: Mun Gi-chang (문기창)
In writing these song introductions, I try to gather as much information about the song as possible. Sometimes there’s not much background information to write about though, so I often resort to my own observations and speculations about the song and its history. “Mother’s Voice” is a pretty simple song about the voice of the Party and how the people will follow it throughout their lives. The song was written in 1992, the start of a tough time in DPRK history, so I imagine a soft, simple song like this might’ve been a source of comfort. It is not a prideful song, nor is it a song about great achievements, but a song about reassuring one’s faith in the Party.
10.11.2012. Ryu Jin-a’s voice is beautiful as always in this one.
10.11.2012. HD version. Same as above, except in higher quality. This video is the entire October 11th, 2012 Moranbong Band concert.
Moranbong Band and State Merited Choir. 02.02.2013 Similar to the performance above, except this time the State Merited Choir joins in. It’s still mostly Ryu Jin-a performing solo though.
Moranbong Band and State Merited Choir. 05.11.2016. This versions starts with Kim You-kyong, then a male SMC singer joins her. Then Yu Pong-mi joins in with a different SMC singer and all four sing together at the end. Pak Mi-kyong can be spotted providing backup vocals as well, although the camera doesn’t focus on her and she stays towards the back of the stage. Although I love Ryu Jin-a, I think the musical arrangement of this version is the best.
Lyrics by Moranbong Band HDSo full of love
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