Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble

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Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble
Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble cover.jpg
Self-titled album cover
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 보천보전자악단
Hancha 普天堡電子樂團
Revised Romanization Bocheonbo-jeonja-akdan
McCune–Reischauer Poch'ŏnbo-jŏnja-aktan

The Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble is an orchestra from North Korea. It is famous for its performances of revolutionary and folk songs. They have been reported to be one of the country's most popular groups,[1][2][3] although other critics have questioned what it means for a group to be popular in a country where the only music legally available comes from the few state-sanctioned musicians.[4]

The group takes its name from the Battle of Pochonbo on 4 July 1937, when a guerrilla unit under the leadership of Kim Il-sung attacked compounds of the Japanese occupation force in Pochonbo.[2]

The Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble can be heard on DPRK radio stations. They have released over 150 CDs as of 2007.[3]

Known members[edit]

  • Hyon Song-wol - vocals (Merited Actress)
  • Ri Gyong-suk - vocals (Merited Actress)
  • Kim Kwang-suk (1964-2018) - vocals (People's Actress)[5]
  • Ri Bun-hui - vocals (Merited Actress)
  • Jo Gum-hwa - vocals (Merited Actress)
  • Jeon Hye-young - vocals (People's Actress)
  • Kim Jong-nyong - vocals
  • Yun Hye-young - vocals
  • Kim Won-il - synthesizers (People's Actor)
  • Kim Hye-song - synthesizers (Merited Actor)
  • Kim Mun-hyok - synthesizers (Merited Actor)
  • Kwon Kyong-hak - synthesizers
  • Kim Son-nop - synthesizers
  • Jon Kwon - piano (People's Artist)
  • Jang Jong-won - piano
  • Ri Mun - electronic organ
  • Kang Chol-ho - electronic organ (Merited Actor)
  • Kang Gum-chol - electronic organ
  • Park I-hyon - guitar
  • Song Kwang - guitar (Merited Actor)
  • Choe Yong-chol - guitar (Merited Actor)
  • Kim Yong-il - bass guitar
  • Choe Mun-chol - drums (Merited Actor)
  • Kim Jin - percussion (Merited Actor)
  • Kim Yeon-su - conductor (Merited Artist)
  • Ri Jong-o (1943-2016) - conductor (People's Artist)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martial music and sea shanties for Andy Kershaw in North Korea, Andy Kershaw, Songlines: the world music magazine #22, Jan/Feb 2004, p. 112.
  2. ^ a b Axis of Evil meets Harry Potter, Britney, Audra Ang, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 7, 2005, on line, accessed 14-3-2007.
  3. ^ a b Popular Music in North Korea, Keith Howard, IIAS Newsletter #26, November 2001, on line, accessed 14-3-2007.
  4. ^ Powell, Mike (May 18, 2007). "Three Questions for Mike Powell". Salon. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Kim Jong Un Sends Wreath to Bier of Kim Kwang Suk". KCNA. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-01-15. 

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