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article imageWill the first lady of North Korea be a pop star?

By Ken Hanly     Jul 14, 2012 in World
Pyongyang - North Korea is very secretive about almost everything so it is not surprising there is much speculation in the west about the identity of a mysterious woman in western dress who has been seen with the leader on several occasions lately.
A North Korean newspaper has implied that the woman accompanying Kim is Hyon Song-wol a pop star. She was a singer in the Bochonbo Electronic Music Band of North Korea. In 1995 she had a hit song called "Excellent Horse-Like Lady". I have included a video of the song. As with most music in North Korea there is a strong dose of propaganda. The translation has a few glitches I expect!
Our factory comrades say in jest
Why they tell me I am a virgin on a stallion
After a full day’s work i still have energy left
My skills are truly like lightening they say
They say I am a virgin on a stallion
Yet again today I was the first to leave for work
Apparently my name was in the paper
In a xx time
An award given to youth who live in flight
They say I am a virgin on a stallion
The party era is teeming with creation
A new name they present to youth
Mounting a stallion the dear leader gave me
All my life I will live to uphold his name
They say I am a virgin on a stallion
Mounting a stallion my dear leader gave me
All my life I will live to uphold his name
Other hits by Song-wol are "Footsteps of Soldiers", "I Love Pyongyang" and "She is a discharged Soldier." Song-wol obviously had many hits that were politically correct..
According to this source the two have known each other for some time and were romantically involved earlier. However Kim Jong-un's father forced his son to break off the relationship. A South Korean intelligence officer told a newspaper that the two became romantically involved after Kim Jong-un returned from attendance at an elite private school in Bern Switzerland.
Some commentators think that the woman may be Kim's younger sister or a daughter of one of his father's mistresses. In the past first ladies rarely made public appearances with the leader. Perhaps in time we will know the facts although with North Korea perhaps we will not.
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