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article imageNorth Korea's 'The Jongettes' makes splash online

By Stephanie Medeiros     Feb 19, 2012 in World
A group of all female musicians affectionately called "The Jongettes" played during Kim Jong il's birthday and also wrote a song showing their loyalty to Kim's son Kim Jong Un.
Surfaced photos show an all-female group now being called The Jongettes hailing from North Korea. The group sings propaganda songs about Kim Jong Un, the late Kim Jong il's son and predecessor, as well as doing song-and-dance numbers which include synchronized swimmers and acrobatics. The pictures have garnered buzz for both being an interesting look into the mourning of the late dictator as well as being zany and quirky.
As Buzz Feed's Whitney Jefferson wrote, "Among the many performances during yesterday's celebration of their fallen dictator's life was a song performed by the country's first-ever girl group. First-ever! The Jongettes — yes, really — performed a tribute to Kim Jong il and later on a group of synchronized swimmers danced to the song, 'We Will Defend General Kim Jong Un at the Risk of Our Lives.' How uplifting!"
Called the "Art Squad" in North Korea, Daily Mail reports the all girl band performed during Kim Jong il's 70th birthday recently, which was celebrated two months after the death of the late leader. Wearing military uniforms and sporting matching instruments, the Jongettes have spurred much buzz throughout the Blogosphere and news sites.
The Jongettes performing.
The Jongettes performing.
Reuters
Along with the girl band, younger girls performed synchronized swimming with a colorful backdrop and matching costumes--things not entirely associated with North Korea by outsiders. Outside of the ceremony, North Korean citizens gathered in large groups to pay their respects and celebrate their former leader's birthday. Kim Jong il died in December, reportedly from heart complications.
Sychronized swimming during the celebration of Kim Jong il s birthday.
Sychronized swimming during the celebration of Kim Jong il's birthday.
Reuters
Recently China's version of Twitter, Weibo, caught international controversy when a rumor was sparked on Weibo that Kim Jong Un was assassinated, the rumors stemming from the North Korean embassy in Beijing being surrounded by unmarked cars, as reported by Forbes. However, it was later revealed to not be true.
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